Music and images for the end of time.
Few works of art have a genesis as poignant as that of Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Olivier Messiaen wrote his musical end of days in 1941, in a prisoner of war camp in Poland. Inspired by the Biblical Apocalypse and the horrors of the present day, this devout Catholic didn’t create work about hope or despair, but instead a work filled with colours and harmonies, in a unique rhythmic language that manipulates the perception of time.
Anouk De Clercq captures those timeless musical visions in poetic video images that pick up where the music leaves off.
Music Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performance Het Collectief – Julien Hervé (clarinet), Wibert Aerts (violin), Martijn Vink (cello), Thomas Dieltjens (piano)
Animation Thomas De Brabanter
Light Luc Schaltin
Produced by Auguste Orts
Commissioned by De Singel
Co-produced by Concertgebouw Brugge