Athelas Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Copenhagen and Holland House scored a notable victory at Takkelloftet with their concert performance of Water – lifted by Jacob F. Schokking’s superb video-installations. … Water is a concert performance by three composers. Wildly beautiful and strangely suggestive – and then suddenly explosive. Water is the art of a fiery soul, but so perfected that it resembles utopia at a national art institution. (…) So Connie Hedegaard can throw her arms open wide at the Climate Conference in December, knowing she has Danish climate art in a world class. That is, until the global ship goes down.
Information (daily) 4th February 2009
“You can never know what is in store when the production company Holland House is involved – apart from knowing that its performances are in a league of their own: artistically detailed, thoroughly thought-through, and aesthetically coherent.”
Børsen (daily) 3rd February 2009
“Music that truly came to boiling-point. Grand structures, a whirl of musical effects, quick cutting and effective explosions. A sensual bombardment of moving lines, waves, surfaces and dots – simple graphics that either challenged or supported the music.”
Politiken (daily) 3rd February 2009
“… surprisingly good with dizzying tonal effects (…) effective in its naivité and beauty of sound (…) a few carefully selected tones that were otherwise exploited to the full, sweeping over us with the singers’ notes on the heels of one another like a gentle surf rolling in and out.”
Klassisk – Magasinet for musikelskere 5th February 2009 (Classical – the magazine for music-lovers)
“The drama lies in Jacob F Schokking’s picture composition. The foundation is the white screens hanging like a jagged wave seascape or like a numerous sails. Add to this a never-ending stream of projections: wavy lines that become diffuse patterns, the face, the instrument, tackle and rope, seabirds, water plants and all manner of plankton. Strange to say, the play of music and image never becomes over-technical but is full of poetry, whether it is a simple little prayer or the whole performing apparatus hurling out cascades of images and tones, an ocean of lyrical intensity.
Sydsvenska Dagbladet 5th February 2009 (South Sweden Daily)