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+AESTHESES (Plus Senses)
“Narcissus”, a performance with music and scents


The complete understanding of situations and emotions is the result of the harmonious (or not!) cooperation of all our senses, since none of the five can ever function independently.
The +AESTHESES (Plus Senses) cycle proposes events where music, naturally representing the sense of hearing, cooperates with forms of expression of art, which represent the other four senses (touch, smell, taste, sight). Thus, through play, we can perhaps discover how our understanding as members of the audience changes depending on factors which stimulate a different sense each time.

“Narcissus”, a performance with music and scents

Narcissus is a musical drama by composer Calliope Tsoupaki for scent and 6 musicians. This is the first time, worldwide, that both music and scent are blended as a whole, influencing each other during the creative process and during the concert. The Greek/Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki wrote illusionary music that seduces our senses, ears, eyes and even our nose. The composer developed a scent experience together with Tanja Deurloo from Annindriya. “The scent influences my composition and my composition influences the scent” says Tsoupaki. “NARCISSUS is a musical drama in its purest form without text, libretto or song, charged with dramatic tension. During the concert 5 layers of subtle scent will be dispersed and together with the music, will lead to the culmination of the Narcissus accord”. Through sound, scent and environment you experience what the young and handsome adolescent Narcissus, who fell in love with himself in Greek mythology, goes through.

Composition & Performance: Calliope Tsoupaki
Perfumier: Tanja Deurloo

Ergon Ensemble
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation