A BAROQUE DISCOVERY AND PLAY INSTALLATION
3 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS OLD
In the room is a cupboard.
In the cupboard is a door.
Behind the door is a drawer.
In the drawer is a box.
What’s in the box?
Welcome to Curiosa’s rooms of wonderment, where children up to the age of three can explore the mysterious world of the baroque through play. In this world of sensory experiences, the little ones (and you) can touch, hold and marvel at rarities, art cabinets and drawings. And listen to musicians playing music and on instruments from Rubens’ time. Did you know that Rubens was captivated by curiosities? He even built a room to house these wonders of the world – referred to as ‘mirabilia’- and he designed a garden to display the treasures he collected on his travels in Italy, Spain, France and England.
All this eventually led to the development of museums. In Curiosa, four performers take you to five cupboard installations, each of which contains new, natural, exotic and marvelous phenomena, just waiting to be discovered.
A production by Theater De Spiegel in collaboration with De Veerman.
A creation in the context of ‘Baroque Year 2018. Rubens Inspires’,
with the support of Amuz and the City of Antwerp.
Concept/direction: Karel Van Ransbeeck
Performance: Lies Ferny or Ine Ubben
Musicians: Ann de Prest (soprano), Jutta Troch (harp) and
Dries De Maeyer (flute/accordeon) – original cast Sergi Medina (oboe/cello)
Artistic coaching: Peter Van Heyghen, Tijl Bossuyt,
Karel Van Ransbeeck and Wim Van de Vyver
Design: Griet Herssens, Marie Van Praag, Caroline Mathieu, Lies Ferny and Wim Van de Vyver
Duration of the performance: 50 minutes
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