A baroque discovery and play installation
3 months to 3 years old
Art cabinets, collections of curiosities....
Welcome to the wondrous world of the baroque!
In the room is a cupboard.
In the cupboard is a door.
Behind the door is a drawer.
In the drawer is a box.
What’s in the box?
Welcome to Curiosa’s rooms of wonderment, where children up to the age of three can explore the amazing world of the baroque through play. In this world of sensory experiences, the little ones (and you) can touch, hold and marvel at rarities, art cabinets and drawings. And listen to musicians playing music and on instruments from Rubens’ time. Did you know that Rubens was captivated by curiosities? He even built a room to house these wonders of the world – referred to as ‘mirabilia’- and he designed a garden to display the treasures he collected on his travels in Italy, Spain, France and England. All this eventually led to the development of museums. In Curiosa, four performers take you to five cupboard installations, each of which contains new, natural, exotic and marvellous phenomena, just waiting to be discovered.
Ann De Prest (soprano)
Jutta Troch (harp)
Sergi Medina (oboe/cello)
Lies Ferny (performer/designer)
Marie van Praag (designer and rarities)
Caroline Mathieu (designer/objects)
Griet Herssens (designer)
Tijl Bossuyt (coaching/production)
Wim Van de Vyver (coaching/cabinetwork)
Peter Van Heyghen (coaching music)
Karel Van Ransbeeck (concept/coaching/tweaking/direction)
Hans Rigouts (technical aspects)
Curiosa is a Theater De Spiegel and De Veerman coproduction
Curiosa was created as part of the ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ festival and enjoys the support of AMUZ, the Flemish Government and the City of Antwerp: Office of Caroline Bastiaens – Alderman for Culture, Cabinet of Nabilla Ait Daoud – City Alderman for Childcare, and Cabinet of Lieve Stallaert – District Alderman for Culture, Senior Citizens and Social Affairs. With thanks to Regie and AG Kinderopvang Antwerp.