thursday/ january 28 2016

NJORD Opening


La Passion de Simone

The opening concert of NJORD Biennale is a presentation of one of Kaija Saariaho's major works: The modern oratorio La Passion de Simone - performed by the two international top ensembles Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and La Chambre aux échos.

La Passion de Simone is based on the story of a woman who meditates on the French philosopher Simone Weil's life. Weil (1909-1943) was inspired by both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions and was idealistically involved in the Spanish Civil War and World War 2. Her idealism ended up tragically ending her life when she, in sympathy with the French, starved herself to death during the latter. This magnificent oratorio presents a universal insight into one person's fate.

The evening continues with a late night concert with cellist Jakob Kullberg, violinist Aliisa Neige and flutist Hélène Navasse. The program features works by a variety of Nordic composers and includes the world premiere of the brand new piece of Concordia for violin and cello by Kaija Saariaho, written specifically for the two young musicians.


NJORD opening

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra & La Chambre aux échos

Conductor: Clément Mao - Takacs

28 januar 2016 at 8pm
Store Scene, Dansehallerne, Pasteursvej 20, 1778 Copenhagen

Kaija Saariaho: La Passion de Simone (2006/2013)

The oratorio will be performed in French with English subtitles


Late Night Miniatures: 

Jakob Kullberg, Aliisa Neige Barrière & Hélène Navasse

28 January 2016 at 9.45 pm
Foyerscenen, Dansehallerne, Pasteursvej 20, 1778 Copenhagen

Kaija Saariaho: Nocturne
Peter Bruun: Autumn what is your plan?
Kaija Saariaho: Concordia (2015) World premiere

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La Chambre aux échos:

Clément Mao - Takacs, musical direction
Aleksi Barrière, stage direction

Sayuri Araida, solo soprano

Vocal ensemble:
Sandra Darcel, soprano
Marianne Seleskovitch, mezzo soprano
Johan Viau, tenor
Florent Baffi, bass-bariton

Isabelle Seleskovitch, actress

Pauline Squelbut, scenographer/stage manager
Étienne Exbrayat, lighting design
Liisa Nieminen, costumes
Clémentine Marin, production administrator


NJORD Biennale is Copenhagen's new nordic biennial for contemporary music and contemporary art. In various cross artistic projects, the relationship between the tonal colours of music and the colour tones of visual art are being examined through concerts, exhibits, a separate children´s programme, seminars and lectures.