Die Welt von Gestern und Morgen
En Avant, Marche!
Heart to get!
Wagner in Bayreuth
Visite Guidée Mâlique
Le réveil TamTam
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En Avant, Marche! (2015, Les Ballets C de la B, NTGent)
Die Welt von Gestern und Morgen, graphite powder on wood board, 2017
In 2009, Steven Prengels graduated as a Master in Composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the class of Wim Henderickx, with whom he already had obtained a master's degree in composition at the Conservatory of Antwerp (BE) in 2007. He also studied at the University of Leuven (BE) and the Lemmens Conservatory (BE).
His work covers a wide range of artistic fields, and besides composing, arranging and creating soundscapes, he spends a lot of time on visual arts as well.
His work has been executed by the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, Brussels Philharmonic, deFilharmonie, SPECTRA, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Oxalys, the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra.
In the world of theatre and dance, he often works as music director and composer. Highlights are Gardenia (2010 - by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke and Les Ballets C de la B) of which he created the musical concept, followed by C(H)ŒURS (2012 - by Alain Platel, les ballets C de la B and Teatro Real Madrid). In this large scale production with choir, orchestra and dancers (created at the request of Gerard Mortier for the Teatro Real in Madrid), he created additional music and soundscapes to the work of Wagner and Verdi. In 2014 he created the musical landscape of Alain Platel's tauberbach (Les Ballets C de la B). In 2015 he collaborated on Accatone (Ruhrtriennale), together with artistic director Johan Simons and conductor Philippe Herreweghe. And the same year En Avant, Marche together with Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke (Les Ballets C de la B/NTGent).
In September 2016, Alain Platel's nicht schlafen was premiered at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum, with music of Gustav Mahler, rearranged by Steven Prengels.
His visual work consists of paintings, etchings, installations and objects, sometimes related to his musical work, sometimes to the work of great artists from the past: from Dürer to Broodthaers.
In the coming years collaborations have been planned with (a.o.) Alain Platel, Pascale Platel, Arno Synaeve, Frank Van Laecke, Wim Opbrouck, Les Ballets C de la B, NTGent and the Tunesian artist duo Selma and Sofiane Ouissi.