Facetten is 15 years old, and is aiming to involve more young and beginning artists and performers in our next programs. Already on board, the young Masters of Percussion Yung-Tuan Ku and Che-Sheng Wu bring a new sense of physyical as well as musical performance to the mix. Paired with our veteran performers vocalist Han Buhrs, body performer Virag Dezso and multi-talent Julia Henneman, they are exploring new roads to reach out artistically.
Yung-Tuan Ku and Che-Sheng Wu, photo Virag Dezso, MAPA
This year’s projects will involve high school debate team members, moving and acting performers, improvising musicians and visual artists. Joyce on the Road is taking shape, and designer Milou Parthesius is researching her Kunstshelter, which will invite new explorations of the Joyce Pomes Penyeach by artists on location, as well as sheltering peformances and artwork already created.
Nightpiece, Machteld Aardse–our backdrop for Joyce performances in Triest in 2019.
Julia Barnes, artistic direction and production:
Facetten van de Kunst (Facets of the Arts) brings musicians and creative artists of all disciplines together. These fruitful collaborations bring forth compositions, visual art, storytelling and the written word—and inspired performances of music, played by musicians from the richly diverse Amsterdam musical community.
One of the aims of Facetten is to cast a spotlight on art and artists, writers and composers from the area Amsterdam Noord. Noord is considered to be culturally deprived but in fact houses many working artists and musicians. A number of first performances and exhibitions of new works have been occasioned by Facetten commissions. And each performance is in itself a new composition of elements never before combined in that particular way.
Facetten programs have been sought out by festivals such as Dordtmonumenteel, Festival van Vlaanderen, en the concert series Kasteelconcerten Kennemerland.
Facetten’s new home base in Zaandam opens up new possibilities of collaboration with artists and musicians, extending the project reach beyond Amsterdam. Composer Claudia Rumondor is among the first of the Zaanse creatives to contact Facetten, and we look forward to a joint project in the not-so-distant future.
Facetten performances are informal and intimate events that take place in unusual locations: historic churches, a warehouse, a restaurant with a striking view of ships crossing the IJ, the terrace of a café on a dike. The combination of music and another art form in an unexpected setting forges a connection between audience, performers, and artists, who often mingle with an after-concert drink.
members of the board:
Jurgen van den Hout, chairman
Sjoerd Cusveller, secretary
Esther Zwennes, treasurer
Facetten 2002-2018: contributing artists and musicians
Julia Barnes: project creation, viola, composer
Julia Henneman: actress, writer, Henneman Mooie Zaken
Sanne Spruijt: componiste
Nanny Roed Lauridsen: sound explorer and composer, project design
Floor Buschenhenke: poet and writer
Elske de Kruijter: graphic design, logo, maps
Jennifer Fritts: street theatre
Anne la Berge: fluitist and composer
Marjoke de Heer: ceramic artist
Stijn Seip: artist, drawings, paintings
Ronald Vogel: graphic design, website
Aafke Steenhuis: writer and painter
Tonie van Marle: visual artist, translator and literary research
Fred Portegies Zwart: poet
Esther Noyon: Venetian masks
Nancy Wiltink: research and story-telling
James Mclaren: cello
Vaughan Schlepp: piano and harpsichord
Heleen Hulst: violin