YOU US WE ALL is a contemporary and irreverent take on a 16th- and 17th- century court masque, featuring musical scenes, allegorical characters and heightened theatrical style.

The performance is a series of episodes in which the characters Death, Love, Virtue, Hope and Time reflect on their own aptitude for inciting meaning within their lives. As the characters perform the masque, Time insistently destroys everything, stripping away the layers of pomp and artifice that had given them shape. Pruned of their clothes, roles, and story, the opera turns radically inward.

Commissioned by
BOX Baroque Orchestration X
Artistic Director, Pieter Theuns

Co-produced by
deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp, Belgium
and Kampnagel Sommerfestival, Hamburg, Germany

Music by Shara Nova
Text, direction and design by Andrew Ondrejcak

Performed by BOX Baroque Orchestration X
Assistant Director Cecile Tonizzo
Co-Costume designer Zane Philstrom
Co-Lighting designer Lutz Deppe
Costume Assistants
Baille Younkman, Grace Mimbs, Megan Quarles

Hope Shara Nova
Love Martin Gerke
Virtue Helga Davis
Death Bernhard Landauer
Time Carlos Soto

BOX Baroque Orchestration X:
Lute Pieter Theuns
Cornetto Lambert Colson
Cornetto Jon Birdsong
Treble Viol, Bass Viol Liam Byrne
Harpsichord, Positive Organ Anthony Romaniuk
Violone Christine Sticher
Baroque Harp Jutta Troch
Viola da Gamba Pieter Vandeveire
Drums, Percussion Mattijs Vanderleen
Baroque Trombone Adam Woolf