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Using the power of theatre
Hanneke de Jong & Jonas de Witte
Singer-songwriter Hanneke de Jong loves Shakespeare. With her enchanting voice she takes her audience on a musical journey along the mysteries of her dramatic heroes. Together with Jonas de Witte she creates visual concerts, in which they use poems, film and theatrical elements. By Morries leeraert The revenge of Othello, black as ink, the surreptitious desire of Julia, the cry for freedom of Ariël. We know them well as Shakespeare’s tragic heroes. Hanneke makes them sound alive, with a heart beating full of painful passion. Ear shaking For Earshaken Pieces, she uses Shakespeare’s original words, in the original English as well as in Dutch translation, as inspiration for her songs. One would say that Shakespeare, as the world’s most famous dramatist, could only ask for a theatrical approach. “Yeah”, says Hanneke in an interview broadcasted on the Dutch radio, “I was so impressed by the work of Shakespeare, I just had to do something with it.” Together with Jonas de Witte she created an intimate and ‘earshaken’ performance. With their powerful way of performing they succeed to win the audience for Shakespeare’s beautiful words. Again an example of how a classic can succesfully be communicated in a new, actual and highly personal way. Shakespearience Her companian Jonas de Witte is filmmaker. The characteristic way of his filmmaking sharpen the songs on a visual level. His animations and films create a magical, inevitable and visual experience and take you deeper in the trip along Shakespeare passions. For during the concert there is not just a video projected on one wall, serving as a kind of vj-background. The videofilm is projected on three walls, so that the whole surrounding becomes emersed in the images. Jonas: “We use the video film as a kind of antagonist. Hanneke stands and sings in this décor. When we perform in a smaller hall, we use the walls of the whole theatre hall, so that the audience is included in the snenes.” Hanneke adds: “The effect of the projected decor makes me stand in a new world. I, as a singer, become a personage. The story is told in music; the music, on its turn, is embedded in the motion picture. That’s how we want to use the power of theatre.“ By this concept the audience may not only listen and watch, but experience a peculiar intimate atmosphere that is breathing through the songlines of the sonnets and her own songs. Hence their title of the performance, Shakespearience. The singer songwriter strifes for sober arrangements to make her songs sparkle in
their pureness. As a songwriter Hanneke won divers local and national prizes and contests with her songs. As a duo they were nominated and selected for a tour around dutch theaters by the BNG New Theatre Makers price. .“ In Holland the duo attracted attention in both the music and theatre domain with their inter-medial combination of music. “Because this is enough. Festival a/d Werf and the Boulevard Festival in Den Bosch. Often with seemingly the most plain musicalisation. such as The Oerol Festival. so as a painting may be spoiled by adding too much. Since 2007 they performed their concerts and performances on many international festivals in Holland. Enough in the sense of complete. accompanied ‘only’ by a double bass or the melodic line of a piano. film and theatre.