The starting point of this show is Meirhaeghe's own personal love story. In 2018 he made The Ballet together with his then lover and muse. That mythologised relationship still fascinates Meirhaeghe. Think of the love stories between Diaghilev and Nijinsky, Wilde and Bosie, Warhol and Basquiat and all the other passionate relationships in which art and life intertwine.
Here, Meirhaeghe appears on stage himself, entering into an intimate artistic dialogue with performers Jelle Haen and Désirée Cerocién. He is accompanied live by Berlin singer-songwriter Finn Ronsdorf on soul and blues piano.
Ode to a Love Lost is a hymn to decline and loss, but also a song of hope. There is music in ruin, future in melancholy. With a love lost as the driving force, a deep crater as the landscape and a dual relation with the norm, Meirhaeghe literally moves towards liberation.
Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe created a furore as a director and a countertenor in his own operatic musical projects (A Revue, Madrigals). He challenges the classical repertoire in his work: dancers become singers, singers become dancers. Looking for a different kind of virtuosity, Meirhaeghe calls for unashamed access to big emotions, while offering pleasure to semi-skilled practitioners. This is his first production as a resident Toneelhuis artist.