Enoch Arden

ACT2 & Muziektheater Transparant

“A soundtrack without a film”, is how the musicologist John Pritchett describes Richard Strauss’ monodrama Enoch Arden. Strauss’ forgotten gem dates from 1897 and was written for the speaking voice and piano. A symphonically conceived piano part accompanies the story by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The story is about a love triangle that plays out on the rocky English coast and begins as follows: two friends, Enoch Arden and Philip Ray, are both in love with Annie Lee; when Annie Lee chooses Enoch, Philip suffers in silence, but when Enoch does not return from a long sea voyage, Philip takes the fatherless family under his wing...

In this new production by ACT2, Strauss’ musical version of this story about love, sacrifice, doubt, fear, the need for protection and the loss of your beloved is brought to the stage in the form of a triangle. While visual artist Koenraad Tinel draws, video artist Maja Jantar comments on this activity with the live manipulation of video images. In the meantime, the actor Dirk Roofthooft and pianist Guy Vandromme bring Tennyson’s long poem to life in music and words, following the tangible build-up of almost irrepressible feelings like one long, sculptural poem.


Dirk Roofthooft - acting
Guy Vandromme – piano
Koenraad Tinel – visual artist
Maja Jantar – sound performance and video art
Luc Schaltin - lighting design
Jim Clayburg - artistic advice
Silas Bieri - technical direction

Act 2 – concept and production
I.s.m. Muziektheater Transparant
I.s.m. pianomobil
in co-production with Talklang festival - Süd-Tirol

20:30 — 21:30

Beeldsmederij De Maan
Minderbroedersgang 3
2800 Mechelen


€ 20 (-26: 12)