An autobiographical concert
November 2016. Lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde is afraid her heart will stop beating. Her doctor writes down the diagnosis in capital letters: BURN-OUT. She is a burnt-out wreck. She stops playing for almost a year.
Today, she takes stock during an autobiographical concert. A personal musical story of the long recovery after a severe burn-out. It raises a question that concerns all of us: what if life skips a beat? Her strings sound different now: the silence between notes has taken on new meaning. The ravages of time no longer fill her with dread. Sofie expresses her experience of burn-out in a recital that ranges between noise and clarity, confusion and silence.
Author Annemarie Peeters has looked for words to describe Sofie’s journey to rock bottom and back. Actress Katelijne Damen lends her voice to Sofie’s inner dialogue. The subtle, contemplative sounds of composer Vladimir Gorlinsky fit in perfectly with Sofie’s story. The fragile consolation of the lute is what remains. Always.
Verdwijntijd is also available as a book with text by Annemarie Peeters, illustrations by Emilie Lauwers and a link to the music.
In February 2023, you can also experience Verdwijntijd as an installation at the Bib Leuven library (Tweebronnen). In this installation, Emilie’s illustrations will be displayed, the soundscapes can be heard and excerpts from the text can be listened to. Visitors can freely access and exit this ‘burn-out space’ to experience, feel and reflect.
with Sofie Vanden Eynde (renaissance luteand theorbo) text and concept Annemarie Peeters voice Katelijne Damen sound Jo Thielemans soundscapes and composition Vladimir Gorlinsky photo Imago Mundi