An adaptation of the European Collection. The stage is transformed in a Cabinet of Curiosities, in a playful performance between visual installations and music of the seventeenth century.

By Ion Kazantzidis and Dialoghi trio-Dionysia Kazantzidi, Nefeli Alexouli, Sevastianos Motorinos


15 april




€10 - 15

Wondermuziekkamer is an interdisciplinary event that creates a dialogue between a baroque trio and an interactive installation. The exhibits of the cabinet are imaginary animals, imposing objects, landscapes of faraway lands and documentations of natural history, as well as music for two violins and harpsichord. The compositions are a selection of stylus phantasticus sonatas of the 17th century, played on period instruments.

The event is a contemporary adaptation of the Cabinet of Curiosities: in the baroque times, a wealthy sophisticated socialite would obsessively collect objects and exhibit them- these objects would grant the appearance of knowledge, social status and at the same time inspire awe in their peers.

In our adaptation, we use animatronics, video projections, paintings and interactive props, alongside live music. The installation and the music create an interactive network, and together they narrate the story of the collection. We invite our public to join our Wondermuziekkamer and re-imagine this story through the aesthetics, symbols and meaning of our contemporary view.

Directors: Ion Kazantzidis & Dionysia Kazantzidi
Art Director: Ion Kazantzidis Musicians - Dialoghi trio (Dionysia Kazantzidi, Nefeli Alexouli and Sevastianos Motorinos)
Installations and animations: Ion Kazantzidis
Video works: Ion Kazantzidis, La Uyi Ihasee & Petros Ioannidis
Actors: La Uyi Ihasee, Barros, Ion Kazantzidis
Photo: Petra Nuria Photography

Wondermuziekkamer is funded by NORMA Fonds

Concept by Ion Kazantzidis & Dionysia Kazantzidi

Ion Kazantzidis is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, currently sharing his time between Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Zakynthos, Greece. Since the spring of 2022 he has been collaborating with Dialoghi trio, a baroque music ensemble based in the Netherlands, for the creation of interdisciplinary events based on the interaction of music and stage elements such as video works and animatronics. Ion Kazantzidis is currently working on a series of large-scale paintings that draw their subject from the work of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

Dionysia Kazantzidi is a baroque violinist, active in the Netherlands and abroad. From 2005 till 2016 she studied the violin in Athens Conservatory and the Conservatory of Phillipos Nakas. Following her growing interest for the Historical Informed Performance Practice she moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to study the historical violin in Utrecht Conservatory, where in 2020 she got her Bachelor Degree and got admitted to the master program with Antoinette Lohmann. She has received master classes from Fani Vovoni, Iason Ioannou and Veronika Skuplik amongst others. Dionysia specializes in the repertoire for violin and string ensembles from the seventeenth century. She is active with various ensembles such as Dialoghi trio and Amaracus ensemble, of which she is also one of the founding members.

Nefeli Alexouli began studying music in Athens. Deciding to move to the Netherlands and study in depth HIPP, she is studying in HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, with Antoinette Lohmann, while taking part in project orchestras with historical instruments, as a violin or viola player.

Sevastianos Motorinos graduated from his harpsichord studies in the Ionian University – Department of Musical Studies. During his studies, he did an exchange program at the Utrecht Conservatory and later at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Currently, Sevastianos is a master’s student in the HKU Utrecht Conservatory. He has attended several masterclasses as an active member.

La Uyi Ihasee is an Amsterdam based physical theater actor, performer, choreographer and video artist originally born and raised in Norway. They have been trained in a variety of different theater directions, with main focus on Traditional Physical west African voodoo practices. Currently they are studying in SNDO of the Amsterdam academy for theater and dance. Their art is often motivated by the different inequalities in society, touching on themes such as female status and sexuality, racism and body taboos. La Uyi often uses a grotesque and clownesque approach to present their material and confront the audience with expressive feelings and grim movements on stage.