Zwerm & Walpurgis

Music theatre


Sleep, sleep,

Give your sorrow, your pain to me.

Sleep, sleep,

The dark night will pass.

Soon, my child,

The sun will drive the winter cold away.

Only your father,

Oh, oh, if only he was here with me, with you.

In this unique collaboration, guitar quartet Zwerm and WALPURGIS with the percussionist Karen Willems, Iranian singer Sarah Akbari, English storyteller Marie Phillips and Israeli director Raphael Rodan seek out the dark edges of the apparently innocent songs used all over the world to sing children to sleep. They do this with a mythic story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: the story of Procne, a queen, dutiful daughter, obedient wife and loving mother. Until the day she discovers that her sister has suffered a terrible injustice...

With songs in Turkish, Kurdish, Hebrew and Persian*

Spoken texts in English.

* And in Mazandarani (Iranian language spoken in northern Iran), Bakhtiari (a south-west Iranian dialect) and Qashqai (Turkic language related to Azerbaijani) etc.

Music: Zwerm, Karen Willems and Sarah Akbari

Storytelling: Marie Phillips

Director: Raphael Rodan

Scenographer: Stef Depover

Advisor: Judith Vindevogel

Coaching: Farnoosh Farnia

Podcast: Teletext

Producers: Zwerm and WALPURGIS

Coproducers: deSingel and Klara Festival

With the support of the Flemish Community and the City of Antwerp

20:15 — 21:30

City theatre
Keizerstraat 3


30 % stories
20 % lullaby
50 % ear-opener


20 euro (-26: 12 euro)