Maria Louise was here

July 9th until August 28th
Maria Louise was here

Marie Louise was here

a poetic Son et Lumière this summer in our garden

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The Princessehof presented the event Marie Louise was here during the summer of 2021. For eight weeks from 9 July 2021, visitors could congregate in the palace garden late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for a poetic Son et lumière that combined film, music and light. A Corona-proof open-air event in the historic heart of Leeuwarden.


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Son et Lumière
The summer evening spectacle in the Princessehof’s garden will include video projections on the facades of the city palace, a specially composed piece of music, special lighting in the garden and a stimulating programme of associated activities. Marie Louise was here is a modern portrait of a resourceful woman in a male-dominated world: Marie Louise van Hessen-Kassel, Princess of Orange-Nassau (1688-1765), ancestor of our current king. Theatre-maker Jos van Kan will direct the event. He and media artist Frouke ten Velden designed this project to be poetic and provocative, making clever use of the Princessehof’s architecture. Marie Louise was portrayed by Dutch actress Ariane Schluter.

Odes to the princess
Before Maria Louise was here local artists such as musicians, word artists and experts would bring an ode to the princess of Orange-Nassau. Every Thursday there was a small (in Dutch) lecture  by an expert and on Fridays and Saturdays various artists such as dancers, poets and musicians took the stage.  

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Ariane Schluter is Maria Louise, still from Maria Louise was here.
Still from Maria Louise was here

Leeuwarden, the court-capital

Marie Louise was here was part of Nassau Summer, a collaboration between the Municipality of Leeuwarden, Merk Fryslan, the Princessehof and the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC). During the summer vacations Leeuwarden casted a spotlight on its rich Nassau history with various cultural activities around the theme ‘Marie Louise and the Nassaus’. The Princessehof owes its name to the matriarch of our current royal family: Marie Louise van Hessen-Kassel, Princess of Orange-Nassau. An intimate exhibition in the city palace provided glimpses behind the scenes of her eventful life. Portraits, prints, drawings and a detailed Orange family tree, underscore how important Marie Louise was to the survival of the Orange dynasty. Along with a period room, this exhibition is a permanent feature in the museum.

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‘Maria Louise was here’ has been made possible by the Muncipality of Leeuwarden, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Fryslân, Stichting het Nieuwe Stads Weeshuis, St. Anthony Gasthuis Fonds, Boelstra Olivier Stichting, Herbert Duintjer Fonds, Ritske Boelema Gasthuis, Emmaplein Foundation, Leeuwarder Ondernemersfonds and de Vrienden van Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

This production is made in co-operation with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Groningen

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