The Crossing Choir, Ragazze Quartet, David T Little, Jorinde Keesmaat
One of the Netherlands' pioneering music-theatre and opera makers joins forces with the American composer David T Little for a fully-staged piece with the renowned Grammy winning The Crossing Choir and Ragazze Quartet. Sin-Eater is a full-length work of ritual music-theatre exploring ideas around the unequal distribution of pain throughout our society. The three parts reframe rituals surrounding the consumption of food, revealing deeper meanings. Part I: Le Grand-Couvert - The audience enters to witness a grand banquet. The choir sings recipes from the court of Louis XIV: slyly, subtly, but with sinister use of extracts from Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Part II: The Sin-Eater - The banquet is cleared and a body placed upon the table. Bread is placed on the body, where it absorbs the sins. The sin-eater approaches. Part III: Eucharist - The sin-eater takes bread, and delivers a bizarre form of Communion to both the members of the choir and the audience, consummating a ritual of shared complicity.
9 November 2023, Muziekgebouw Aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam
10 November 2023, November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch