Sonus Motus

Choreographed sounds
Tue 25 Oct 17:00
Large Hall
Past event
Tue 25 Oct
Past event

Acht cellisten en een zangeres wagen zich op het snijvlak van klank en beweging, van tijd en ruimte.


With new compositions by Peter Vigh and pieces by Carlo Gesualdo, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Barbara Strozzi and Claudio Monteverdi.


Cello Octet Amsterdam
Elisabeth Hetherington soprano
Andrea Leine & Harijono Roebana Choreography, musical dramaturgy 
Jeroen Smith Light design
Ederson Rodriques Xavier rehearsal teacher

Cello Octet Amsterdam and LeineRoebana’s choreographers will be joining forces to integrate dance, space and movement to modify and amplify an audience’s listening experience. You’ll explore and discover how music connects to the space in which it’s performed and expresses itself through the human body.

The production is inspired by music that spanned the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque eras. For example, compositions by Gesualdo in which he intertwined traditional polyphony with emerging early-Baroque expression, and Luzzaschi’s and Strozzi’s works which provided a repertoire for female vocals at a time when women were first allowed to become singers. Composer Peter Vigh has built an entirely new soundscape based on this music, juxtaposing centuries-old music and contemporary sounds, instruments and bodies, while creating space for the unexpected.


Sonus Motus has been co-produced by LeineRoebana and Cello Octet Amsterdam in partnership with Cello Biennale Amsterdam.

Related musicians

Elisabeth Hetherington


Andrea Leine & Harijono Roebana

Choreography and musical dramaturgy

Cello Octet Amsterdam

Cello Octet Amsterdam has been a regular guest since the first Cello Biennale in 2006. Cello Octet Amsterdam is an adventurous collective of cellists that represents new music and interdisciplinary pe…


LeineRoebana, the dance company led by choreographers Andrea Leine and Harijono Roebana, has been a leader in the Dutch dance world and beyond for more than 25 years. The company is known for its exci…