HUSH - Henry's dream machine


Zonzo Compagnie


Zonzo Compagnie is conquering the world with a series of productions about the creative universes of iconic composers. Bach, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Luciano Berio and John Cage have already featured. The English baroque composer Henry Purcell is next in line.

We plunge into Henry Purcell’s world through a miniature version of an old theatre. With Henry watching the show as an airy spirit, a singer opens the doors to the imagination. She whisks you away into dream images or ‘masques’ that Purcell created for the theatre. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest are never far away, King Arthur joins in and we hear Queen Mary’s music as well, until HUSH sounds out and we fall silent.

A Belgian and Canadian team uses all kinds of multimedia to recreate Henry’s magical universe. 

An accordionist and lute player make Purcell’s music shine in unique arrangements. Their melodies and chords accompany you along the unfathomable paths of a marvellous composer. A Belgian and Canadian team uses all kinds of multimedia to recreate Henry’s magical universe. 


LIESELOT DE WILDE or JULIE CALBETE soprano ANNE NIEPOLD or BENJAMIN MACKE accordion JAN VAN OUTRYVE lute HENRY PURCELL (arranged by Jan Van Outryve and Anne Niepold) music SHAKESPEARE/DRYDEN/TATE (adapted by Mélanie Dumont and Wouter Van Looy) texts WOUTER VAN LOOY direction & set design NELE FACK video JOHANNA TRUDZINSKI costumes JO THIELEMANS sound design STIJN DEMEULENAERE additional recordings MÉLANIE DUMONT dramaturg MARCELLE HUDON advice visual concept SASCHA VAN RIEL advice set design ARTHUR DE VUYST and KEVIN DECKERS technician

A production by Zonzo Compagnie in coproduction with Les Festivals de Wallonie, Opéra de Lille, Concertgebouw Brugge and Het Laatste Bedrijf. With the support of La Maison qui Chante, Flanders, the Government of Québec, Cultuur/Culture and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This production was created with support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter measure, and with the help of Gallop Tax Shelter.