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i c o n

Frederik Neyrinck, Atelier Bildraum, Sabryna Pierre

14 November 2018

World premiere on 14 November, 2018


Created by Atelier Bildraum, Frederik Neyrinck & Sabryna Pierre

Composer Frederik Neyrinck
Librettist Sabryna Pierre
Stage directors Atelier Bildraum (Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier)


Lighting designer Eric Soyer
Costume designer Lieve Pynoo

Coach dramaturgy Bart Capelle
Conductor Joey Marijs


Soprano Lieselot De Wilde as 'icon'
Actor Tibo Vandenborre as 'Mister Death'


Ensemble Asko|Schönberg
Clarinet David Kweksilber
Trombone Koen Kaptijn
Violin Marijke van Kooten
Cello David Bordeleau
Double bass Quirijn van Regteren Altena


After almost one and half centuries, the death mask of L’Inconnue de la Seine continues to fascinate us. The mysterious smile of this young, unknown woman, reported to have drowned in the Seine, now has a cult status.
i c o n transfers this 19th-century myth to the context of contemporary visual culture and thereby gives rise to a universal story on beauty, transience and death.


i c o n is a hybrid mix of photoshoot, film set and concert. Portraits are taken live on stage and photo and video images are projected in a virtually instantaneous stream. This way the opera sheds light on how we relate to portraits of people in the 21st-century. Just as in Andy Warhol’s Factory events, the boundaries between artist and spectator become blurred. The icon becomes viewer, model becomes photographer, man becomes woman and victim in his turn becomes perpetrator.


In i c o n , Atelier Bildraum, Frederik Neyrinck and Sabryna Pierre create an all-round experience in which dream and reality are interchangeable.



Scroll down the page to learn more about the creation process of this new production developed within the network through several LABS. 


A first try-out of the project in its short version, called L'Inconnue de la Seine, was performed by musicians of the Asko/Schönberg ensemble in the framework of the academy TOTEM at the Chartreuse of Villeneuve les Avignon in July 2016 with the support of the Fondation Orange. 


Production of LOD muziektheater 


In co-production with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Snape Maltings, Asko|Schönberg Amsterdam and Vooruit Gent


With the support of enoa and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Snape Maltings, the Tax Shelter measure performing arts of the Belgian Federal Government, kunstencentrum BUDA/NEXT festival international