Sedje Hémon – Hidden agreements

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I. Sedje Hémon – Hidden agreements

This is a new program conceived by Andrius Arutiunian, Marianna Maruyama, and Ensemble Modelo62. It presents the rediscovered work of Dutch composer and artist Sedje Hémon (1923-2011). Hémon, who survived the Shoah, and subsequently worked most of her life in The Hague, developed a unique approach of translating the visual into the sonic. Called a “method of integration”, this approach resulted in fervent explorations of sound and image in Hémon’s striking compositions.

After many years of quietly waiting, Hémon’s work comes back to the public with new energy, to be performed by The Hague-based Ensemble Modelo62. The Hidden Agreements program is built around three new arrangements of Sedje Hémon’s work, which have not been heard in public for almost four decades. In addition to these, we also present new compositions made by artist Marianna Maruyama and composer Andrius Arutiunian that depart from Hémon’s multidisciplinary approach to sound and image. Translation in movement, repetitive bodies, virtual reality and digital decay – all form the core themes of the new works and relate directly to Hémon’s writings and practice.

The premiere performance of this project will take place in Korzo Theater on May 3, 2018.