Cora Burggraaf and the inner voice of Elsa Diepenbrock

Premiere August 20, 2021, Oranjewoudfestival (NL)

Inner Voice is a musical portrayal of a woman who, for a long time, let her own voice grow silent. As the wife of the famous composer Alphons Diepenbrock, who was the constant centre of attention, Elsa Diepenbrock gradually fell silent. Despite helping other people find their voice as a stammer specialist and being able to easily address large groups of people in three languages, her own voice faltered. Little by little, fearlessness turned into timidness.

To Elsa, music was life, so she would sing in her head. Cora Burggraaf dives into her world and lends Elsa her voice. Their voices complement each other. Inner Voice is a tale of recognition, in which music by, among others, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Anna Cramer, Georges Bizet plays a role. As you walk through Ecokathedraal, you listen to Elsa’s musical and personal world through headphones. The use of binaural sound techniques makes it seem as if the voices and music are inside your head. This allows you to almost physically experience the inner worlds of Elsa and Cora, and hopefully also your own. But make no mistake: at some point, this inner voice becomes an outer voice, very much alive …

The performance is based on the novel Cécile and Elsa, combative ladies by Elisabeth Leijnse.

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Image © Larisa Wiegant

Credits Cast & Crew

Video © Nander Cirkel