On stage of production and composition, the multimedia project LEENDERT is a reflexion on loneliness, love and discrimination taking as starting point the diaries of Leendert Hasenbosch, a dutch sailor castaway on Ascension Island on May 5th 1725 due to the "horrible crime of sodomy". Most likely born in Den Haag (The Hague) in 1695, little is known about his life or his death; however the published versions of the diary he wrote during his castaway period bring a remarkably strong account of the terrible sufferings this man had to endure. His body was never found, but the diary was later taken to London by a ship which stopped at the island, and published in english; the original in dutch is lost.
Left alone at the deserted island with no more than a gallon of water, some tools, paper and a Bible, Leendert suffers hunger and thirsd, is assaulted by alucinations of demons and conforted by other visions. The religious guilty he felt due to his "crime" and the certainty of the fairness of his punishment enhances the horror of his sufferings, slowly taking his strenght away, until he stops writing - and no more is known about him.
The 3 versions of the diary, used as main source for the text of this spectacle, bring not only the vivid tales of his body and mind pain as well as a perfect opportunity to deal with loneliness in a time were sailing is done online, everyday, everywhere, regardless "reality" around us. This project involve musicians, electronics, actors and technology to create an interactive and thriling experience! Keep visiting this section of the website to know more developments!
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