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I  started working together with Ida Lohman in 2003, composing pieces in collaboration. In 2004 I joined the company also as a magic lantern speller, until 2008.


Musiscoop is visual music theatre on a back to basics manner. With the help of a small and simple piece of cardboard, Musiscoop creates an entire world on a gigantic projection screen.

On the stage, musicians and players find themselves accompanied by stands with magic lanterns. A magic lantern is a large primal projector, dating from before the technologies of film and photography. Now, in the 21st century, Musiscoop uses these projectors to bring forward contemporary images that move to live music, which has been composed for Musiscoop especially. Colorful triangles flourish, a puppet dances a tragic waltz or an elephant trumpets with its trunk. Materials such as cardboard, beads and sand form the basis of new tricks and inventions. Within the minuscule theatre, the magic lantern players bring to life the images inside the lantern. Musiscoop considers magic lanterns ‘instruments of imagery’, equal to musical instruments in their ability to improvise.

The spectator sits close to both the lanterns and the musicians. Everyone can share the experience from close up and watch the images come into being.

Musiscoop is an initiative set up by visual artist Ida Lohman (1961-2007). Since 1997, she has been engaged in contemporary, experimental magic lantern performances.

SCORES

  1. Zand

  2. Lijnen


PICTURES





VIDEOS BELOW

 

Musiscoop

“Lijnen / Lines”

N.McGowan (cb fl), M. Visscher (vla), A. Shappert (tb) Ida Lohman concept and images, Ostadetheater Amsterdam, September 2004

“Drup / Drop

B.Woltjer, M. Konrad, A. Shappert: trombones. Visuals: Ida Lohman

Ostadetheater Amsterdam

February 2008

Backstage for “Lijnen / Lines”

Live magic lanterns: how they work? N.McGowan (cb fl), M. Visscher (vla), A. Shappert (tb), Ida Lohman concept and images

Backstage for “Zand / Sand” trio version. Live magic lanterns: how they work?

N.McGowan (cb fl), M. Visscher (vla), A. Shappert (tb)