During MA Festival 2024, Aïda Gabriëls takes on the role of curator of ‘Younger than Jesus’. You will soon find out what she has planned for this summer via our channels
Get to know Aïda
Soldering together contemporary and classical music, dance, visual art and fashion, Aïda Gabriëls wends her way through the performing arts. In 2017 she made her debut with the soundscape opera Medeamaterial, in which a soprano and double bassist latch on to Heiner Müller’s stubborn dilemma in the form of a poem. Later she had two dancers, live video and a percussionist address the question of guilt in I am the enemy you killed, my friend, (2018) which took Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem as its starting point. With Vacuum (2020) the nightclub is put forward as an immersive playground. Electronica, post-rock, dance and light art dissect the concept of Chaoskampf. With a similarly interdisciplinary intent, her reflection on the historically fatal Salomé figure in Dance of the Seven Veils (2021) aims to subvert vested male gazed assumptions and existing ideas. Loosely inspired by the motif of the dream city Mahagonny from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s opera, The Wild Stage (2022) dives into the need to escape: from our confusing times, from the need to understand everything when chaos reigns. Singers and musicians become dancers, and vice versa, with the performers constantly meeting the other again and searching for commonality. Together, they create a stream of soundscapes and imagery inviting you into a universe oscillating between pop, baroque and electronica, between contemporary and classical. In 2023 – 2024 the theatre will be left behind for Styx, a polyphonic dialogue between differences. The static museum/gallery environment contrasts with light and shadow in movement, shifting sounds, live performance and audience. Lately she’s been involved in Music Theatre Now, an international network for new opera and music theatre.