They have waited long enough

Carousel feat. Annelien Van Wauwe & guests


Pure female power in a nutshell: The composers Annelies Van Parys, Aftab Darvishi and Calliope Tsoupaki have written three new compositions for soprano and ensemble. Gaea Schoeters provided the text and overarching dramaturgy. Natalie Haynes, aka the muse from the UK, binds the three pieces together with words. The soprano Charlotte Wajnberg, clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe and others perform the compositions. The inspiration for this creative joy is the genuine whirlwind of books that have been offering a different perspective on the male-oriented Greek myths in recent years. Margaret Atwood gives voice to Penelope in The Penelopiad. Madeline Miller transforms the sorceress Circe into a complex and yet likeable character who does not allow herself to be controlled by the men around her. These books draw attention to the women who have always been banished to the edges of the story. Or as Natalie Haynes puts it in her book A Thousand Ships: ‘They have waited long enough for their turn. (…).’

Watch the premiere here via Evil Penguin TV from May 21 at 8 pm until May 28.

This was recorded by Evil Penguin TV and can be seen on Abel this week. Watch the concert on Wednesday 6/10 at 20h30 and on Saturday 9/10 at 14h, via Stingray Classica: Telenet channel 50, Proximus channel 110 and VOO channel 100.

Download here the programme

Line-up and credits

Compositions: Annelies Van Parys (Medea), Aftab Darvishi (Circe), Calliope Tsoupaki (Penelope)

Libretti: Gaea Schoeters


Charlotte Wajnberg, soprano
Natalie Haynes, writer and classicist

Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet
Raphaëla Danksagmüller, duduk
Osama Abdulrasol, qanun

CAROUSEL String Quartet:
Samuel Nemtanu, violin
Nicolas Dupont, violin
Mihai Cocea, viola
Louis Rodde, cello


Cultural Centre Mechelen

50% female power
50% world première

LUNALIA - Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen
Antwerp Liedfest
Oranjewoud Festival
November Music

Idea: Wonderfeel

Programme notes: Annemarie Peeters

Poster design: MacBetZ

Made possible with the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten and Flemish Government

Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

Listen to the concert on May 17 at 8pm on Radio Klara
Watch the video on May 21 via Evil Penguin TV

Listen to the playlist of this concert here: