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'Pearls In the Arts, Nature and Dance', a trans-national exhibition at the Lakenhal Museum, narrated by Pierre Bokma with imagineear and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague

Press Release   •   Oct 21, 2012 17:27 BST

Photo: Still from the film The still water of the pond of the Dutch National Ballet (2012)

.  'A breath of air, a dive into the deep, spherical blue and next a profusion of pearls'.

Commissioned by the Museum De Lakenhal, choreographer and guest curator Karin Post has designed Pearls by combining dance, the arts and natural history.  'Pearls In the Arts, Nature and Dance', is a trans-national exhibition at the Lakenhal Museum, narrated by Pierre Bokma with imagineear and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague.

New works by artists including Rob Birza, Berend Strik and Marijke van Warmerdam are on display alongside new dance films by Leine Roebana, The Dutch National Ballet, Natalia Horecna and Michael Schumacher.  These works are supplemented with art and objects from the museum’s own collection and special items on loan from other museums.

Karin Post developed the idea for Pearls when she travelled in Australia in 2001.  Aboriginal dancers with white dots painted all over their dark bodies reminded her of dance movements in motion capture technique.  This technique translates human movements into computer animations and some examples are on display at the exhibition.  The story of the pearl is told in ten scenes in the exhibition rooms. The life of Siluce, a female pearl diver, is described by playwright Rob de Graaf and narrated compellingly on the audio tour by actor Pierre Bokma as the exhibition’s leitmotiv.  Siluce is swept off the warm Pacific beaches to the chilly northern beaches by the currents.  Like the pearls that have been transported by East India Company ships since the 17th Century, her journey is a metaphor for the route from South to North, from the warm beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the cold quays of the Northern Low Countries, from fairy tale to reality, from nature to culture.

Artist Peter Struycken has designed a colour scheme, which runs from warm aquamarine to cool deep blue and acts as a visual basis of the exhibition.  Musical leader Yannis Kyriakides has provided the music and soundscapes for the exhibition.

QR code to hear the imagineear-Lakenhal Pierre Bokma recording

About The Lakenhal Museum

Museum De Lakenhal is a city museum of fine arts in Leiden, the Netherlands. The museum hosts a collection of altarpieces and religious artefacts from before the Protestant Revolution that were formally ceded to the state in 1572, but it is mainly of interest for its collection of Old Master paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.  Museum De Lakenhal also takes you on a journey through the sometimes turbulent history of the city of Leiden. This includes major sections of the collection relating to the ‘laken’ or cloth industry and many top artefacts devoted to and focussed on The Relief of Leiden of October 3, 1574.  Throughout the museum you will be taken on an adventure through the ages as much as you will be amazed by extraordinary works of contemporary art.  Museum De Lakenhal has recently chosen imagineear's mediaPacker player to be their audiotour device for tours of temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent collection.

For more information about the Lakenhal Museum, please visit


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