Weighing of the Heart

Arne Leurentop, Louisa's Daughter

Liesa Van der Aa fosters many talents: at the Bourla we heard the fruits of her labours as a composer in the music theatre production Van den vos (Of the Fox) and we saw her act in Guy Cassiers’ De man zonder eigenschappen (The Man Without Qualities). All those strands now come together in WOTH, a production in which Liesa Van der Aa looks for a way through the moral chaos of our polyphonic world. Judgments hurtle through the virtual atmosphere at great speed, but the voice that once dictated the border between good and evil is forever silent. 

In WOTH Liesa Van der Aa puts into words the need of a generation desperately looking for answers and structures against a background of constant excess. What does it mean to live well? Which compass are we sailing by? Liesa sought and found inspiration for WOTH in an old Egyptian ritual that is moving in its simplicity: after death, a person’s heart is weighed against the feather of truth. Is it too heavy, too light or balanced? Van der Aa will celebrate these three ratios along with eight other musicians. What begins as a personal story becomes the voice of a people. The Egyptian Book of the Dead constitutes the visual background for a stupefying music performance. 

In earlier solo work Liesa Van der Aa’s rugged music hovered between the solitude of her voice and the grandiloquence of her violin, loops, effects, etc. With this experience under her belt, plus the live accompaniment of eight musicians, a composition for a 42-voice choir, enhanced on stage by video and animation (by Hangaar bvba, Guy Cassiers, Anja Perisic and Afreux), Van der Aa creates the first work of her own. A musical and visual trip which feeds surfeit, applauds the dream and stubbornly protects hope. 

concept, direction

  • Liesa Van der Aa


  • Hanne Roofthooft


  • Peter Spaepen
  • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Katrin Lohmann


  • Johan Leysen


  • Frederik Jassogne
  • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Afreux
  • Anja Perisic


  • Joé Agemans

visual concept

  • Guy Cassiers
  • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Afreux
  • Anja Perisic
  • Hangaar

light design

  • Ken Hioco


  • Frederik Jassogne
  • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Bart Moens
  • Afreux
  • Anja Perisic


  • Jon Birdsong
  • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Sjoerd Bruil
  • Sjoerd Bruil
  • Katrin Lohmann
  • Arne Leurentop
  • Nathan Wouters
  • Hannes d'Hoine
  • Ephraïm Cielen
  • Lambert Colson

sound design

  • Diederik De Cock


  • Roel Snellebrand

concept, composition

  • Peter Spaepen
  • Daniella Strasfögel
  • Katrin Lohmann
  • Hannes d'Hoine

costume design

  • Anja Perisic


  • Guy Cassiers

technical coordination

  • Ken Hioco

artistic advice

  • Stef Aerts


  • Louisa's Daughter


  • Muziektheater Transparant
  • Toneelhuis
  • Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
  • Handelsbeurs

with the support of

  • de Vlaamse Gemeenschap

in collaboration with

  • Kaaitheater
  • Concertgebouw Brugge
  • Theater Rotterdam / Rotterdamse Schouwburg (NL)

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  1. Thursday 4 December 2014 — 20h00 — Theaterstudio deSingel, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 5 December 2014 — 20h00 — Theaterstudio deSingel, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 6 December 2014 — 20h00 — Theaterstudio deSingel, Antwerpen
  4. Saturday 24 January 2015 — Handelsbeurs, Gent
  5. Wednesday 18 February 2015 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  6. Wednesday 25 February 2015 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  7. Friday 10 April 2015 — CCHA, Hasselt
  8. Wednesday 15 April 2015 — Concertgebouw, Brugge
  9. Thursday 21 January 2016 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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