Sofie Vanden Eynde: Renaissance Lute and Theorbo
accompanied by an audio play, written by Annemarie Peeters, with soundscapes created by Vladimir Gorlinsky
In 2016 lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde put her instrument aside for nine months in order to recover from a severe burnout. Five years later, she felt the need to look back. Would it be possible, she wondered, to use the intense, shared concentration between musician and listener to convey sensations of over-stimulation, contrast, excess, stagnation, emptiness, beauty and movement? Would it be possible to articulate the inner reality of a burnout musically: to make a burnout audible, tangible, understandable and, who knows, avoidable? The result is Vanishing Point / Verdwijntijd, an autobiographical recital, a musical narrative, a journey: somewhere between fragile comfort and cautious happiness.
Writer Annemarie Peeters drew on her interviews with Sofie to write a text that reflects the three phases of a burnout. The run-up, the phase of total stagnation during, and the cautious way out. Three colours, three seasons, three ways of being. Lurking beneath Sofie’s personal story are experiences that many will recognize: the craving for efficiency, the sudden faltering, the unfamiliar and at the same time disconcerting sense of emptiness, and the tentative search for a new balance. But also the questions Sofie asked herself – about the connection between her own little story and the big world that surrounds her – evoke wide recognition. Is burnout a personal failure or a social symptom?
Sofie went in search of pieces from the solo lute repertoire that she intuitively associated with the various phases of the text. This resulted in a recital with a surprising palette of colours, styles and atmospheres. At times she chose the rich, powerful sound of the theorbo. At others she chose the fragile, hushed sound of the Renaissance lute. The Prélude by the French baroque composer Robert de Visée combines phrases full of grandeur with breathing pauses filled with intimate doubt. The music of John Dowland draws on....... więcej