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Announcing Rewire 2024’s Sensory Sensitive Concert by Clara de Asís

01 Feb 2024

For the second consecutive year, Rewire will present a commissioned concert, specifically developed for a sensory sensitive audience. During Rewire 2024’s Sunday, performer, composer, and artist Clara de Asís will premiere the performance ‘Off Flame’. Warping the spatiality of any room wherein they vibrate and move, the compositions of de Asís are a bounty of tonal subtlety and intrigue. 

The artist, based in Rotterdam, uses electronics and synthesis in combination with found objects and traditional instrumentation. For Off Flame, the ghostly nature of her reverberating minimal tonality finds an apt – and perhaps haunted – home in the concept of ignis fatuus: the fleeting ghostly light described by travellers of the night in European folklore. 

Inspired by this indiscernible spectre, de Asís presents an inclusive sensory-sensitive performance where sound is given a similarly hazy, ambiguous quality. Accompanied by atmospheric lighting, this piece for electronics and bowed metal bells makes sound physical through its trembling journey into low frequency ranges. As a speculation on permanence and impermanence, Off Flame offers a low-stimulus space of soft dynamics and multisensory exploration where what is absent eerily speaks just as loudly as that which is there.

What is a sensory sensitive concert?
At a sensory sensitive event, sensory stimuli are reduced to ensure accessibility to a cultural experience. At a low-stimulus concert, the volume of the music presented is in a lower decibel range and the number of visitors is limited. The concert takes place during the day and the location is designed to be low-stimulus. This means that the bar and foyer are devoid of background music, the location staff are instructed on how best to interact with the audience, and a quiet room is available. By reducing environmental stimuli, the audience can fully enjoy the music. Rewire has been presenting these sensory sensitive concerts since 2021.

Clara de Asís 

'Off Flame'

Sensory Sensitive Concert

Sunday 7 April 2024

Doors open 13.00, start 13.30 - 14.15, bar, foyer, toilets and quiet room will remain stimulus-free until 15:00

Koorenhuis, The Hague

The concert is also accessible with a 3-Day Pass or Sunday Pass for a very limited number of people. Get your tickets here.