VIA CRUCIS
the fourteen stations of the cross  
2003

my final exam production, Royal Conservatory, the Hague
Original Format  music / video theater performance


Richard Ayres about Via Crucis:

I should mention one very strange and unusual event that I was lucky enough to witness: the final exam of Mendel Hardeman at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag.
Have I ever encountered such an astonishing imagination? Ummm.... maybe only in the films of Guy Maddin and the Quay Brothers. Did I really see a freshly crucified Jesus Christ playing a Bach flute tune on a singing-saw accompanied by a small reed organ..... or a cascade of tiny white crosses raining down on the audience only to remain suspended above our heads with spotlight picking them out and making them twinkle like tiny stars.....
I couldn't decide whether I should laugh or cry... in the end I spent the two and a half hours doing both. So beautiful, so moving, and at the same time so hilarious and strange. I hope he gets the chance to make more shows like this.


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◊ Caress

◊ Kyrie Eleison

◊ EXODUS

◊ a Tree for Glenn Gould

◊ A Man with a Cross

◊ Via Crucis

◊ The Cup

◊ Epilogue to Orpheus

◊ Harpsichorpheus

◊ Sysif's Song

◊ Dark Blue Horizon

◊ Times and Tides

◊ Unholy Vessels

◊ INDICTUS

◊ HAP

◊ 7 short attempts to
    write a piece for violin

◊ Reveal thyself Alighieri

◊ Last days of a cross

◊ A Última Quimera

research
◊ the Singing Camera

collaborations
◊ Het Dierenparadijs

◊ Tattooed Tongues

◊ Slowly turning narrative

◊ Planecrash

◊ A View on Beauty
Mendel Hardeman archive 1999-2006
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