The Lightmaker (- in development)

“How do you surprise an audience in the spirit of Skrjabin with today’s visual means?”
Rogier van der Heide

Prometheus, the arch-rebel who brought ‘the flame of wisdom’, was concerned with light or fire. So was Russian composer Alexander Skrjabin. In 1910 he wrote ‘Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, Op. 60’ a 23 minute symphony. From an early age Skrjabin had associated colours with tonalities. In this work he included at the top of the score a part for a clavier a luce, or keyboards of lights, an instrument which did not even exist at the time. Skrjabins lifetime desire was to compose music ‘which is no longer music but revelation’, mysticism over and above its music. His aim was to experience music differently and more intensely, because a light design is incorporated.

Skrjabin Rogier
Dutch light designer Rogier van der Heide strongly believes that now is the time to translate Skrjabins revolutionary vision of colour and sound into a unique performance. With high tech modern technology, which you will remember for the rest of your life. It has been in his mind for over 25 years now, and now is the time to make it happen. “If you were to ask young people why they do not go to 20th century music they’d say it’s dull, there is nothing to see, the whole orchestra looks like waiters in an old-fashioned restaurant. If they come to my Skrjabin I hope they are caught by surprise and think, ‘Wow, this is cool!’”

In The Lightmaker, a 52-minute documentary, you will experience how Rogier realizes his dream. In almost a year of producing this film he will encounter many hiccups; e.g. he wants to renew the whole experience of ‘listening to’ classical 20th century music. A vision launched by Skrjabin more than 100 years ago and made possible by Rogier in 2015.

‘Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, Op. 60’ is programmed by Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam as their 10 year jubilee performance on December 6th 2015.

For more information please contact Marije Berghuis, or call +31 652170999