With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.
For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.
The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.
14 November 2021 | 6:45 pm
Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre | Jeroen Boschplein 2 | 's-Hertogenbosch