Waalsekerk is a project developed for the Festival ‘Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier’ 2015 in the Waalse kerk. The Waalse kerk is a unique national monument in the center of Rotterdam. The church was built in 1923-1925 in a traditionalist style. The simple church building, a basilica with long sideburns and a wooden hood construction, is built above a natural stone plinth entirely in dark red brick with some gemstones, carvings and sculptures in natural stone, covered with a slate of saddle roof, with two small roof tiles with overlapping saddle roofs on both sides.
During the festival ‘Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier’, 12 and 13 September 2015, Pierdrie gave six performances in the Waalse kerk. This time the special location itself where the performances took place formed the inspiration. Douma, Meelkop and Zuydervelt investigated the place in the weeks prior to this weekend and made film and sound recordings.
Images and sounds from outside the church were brought into it, to enter into a subtle interplay with enhanced hidden sounds of the building itself. As if the audience literally crawls into the soul of the building and its surroundings and becomes one with it. A moment of enchantment and contemplation within the busy festival romance and urban hectic. Multimedia improvisation as identification.