Game 245 "The Mirror Stage"

Sat 24 October 2020,
7 p.m., and
9 p.m.
Festival 20-21, Louvain
STUK Arts Center vzw (STUK Kunstencentrum vzw)

Test the principles of Game Theory through musical composition: this is the challenge  Austrian Bernhard Lang has faced since 2016. The Mirror Stage takes a step forward by exploring the concepts of self-organisation in the unique context of musical theatre, combining music and choreography. While the texts used are predominantly auto-referential, from Ludwig Wittgenstein's Sprachspiel (language games) to the founding writings of mathematicians John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, the musical discourse of the Mirror Stage turns to the polyphonies of the 15th and 16th centuries. Revisited, these are projected in monumental virtual cathedrals, created using IRCAM's Ambisonics spatialization and made visible by means of a special lighting system.

Els Mondelaers mezzo
Fabienne Seveillac mezzo
Andreas Halling tenor
Tiemo Wang baryton
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe electronic guitar
Lucas Van Haesbroeck lighting
Robin Meier IRCAM computer music design  


Bernhard Lang GAME 245 "The Mirror Stage", commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, de Bijloke, Gent et du Festival 20/21 – Transit, Louvain

Production HYOID | Coproduction Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Bijloke (Gent), Festival 20.21 – Transit (Louvain), Espace Senghor (Brussels)
  • Bernhard Lang  © Harald Hoffmann
    Bernhard Lang © Harald Hoffmann
  • HYOD  © DR
    HYOD © DR
  • ©  Lucas Van Haesbroeck
    © Lucas Van Haesbroeck