Hartwig Art Foundation presents:

Indra's Net

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Academy

Living legend Meredith Monk has devoted her life to exploring the potential of the human voice, weaving together new modes of perception and expanding the boundaries of music, performance and visual art. Her newest work, Indra’s Net, is an immersive installation performance work inspired by a Buddhist tale that illustrates life’s interconnectedness.

In the ancient Buddhist/Hindu legend of Indra’s Net, an enlightened king, Indra, stretches a large net across the universe with an infinitely faceted jewel placed at each intersection. Each jewel is unique yet reflects all the others, illuminating the interdependence of all living things.

For this world premiere at the Gashouder, together with members of her extraordinary Vocal Ensemble and a fourteen-piece chamber orchestra from Ensemble Academy, Monk offers an interplay of music, movement and architecture embodying celestial, earthly and human realms through sound, video and performance.

“In a world that is so fragmented and full of sorrow, I want to create work that affirms life and our sense of connection to each other and all living beings.”

− Meredith Monk

Exhibition Oude Kerk 2023 

To celebrate this versatile artist and her more than six decades of influential stage productions, music and films, the Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation will jointly realise the first extensive European exhibition about Meredith Monk in the fall of 2023. The exhibition will showcase her music, notations, scores and drawings, sound recordings and films, and a set of immersive installations which translate themes and objects from her stage productions into new experiences. 

The exhibition of Meredith Monk is a collaboration in two acts at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam and Haus der Kunst München, together with the Hartwig Art Foundation. The exhibition is developed in close collaboration with Meredith Monk and The House Foundation for the Arts, New York. Further information beginning 2023 via the websites of Oude Kerk and Hartwig Art Foundation.


Fri June 23 8:00 PM

Sat June 24 8:00 PM


  • default € 53
  • CJP/student/schooler € 12
  • HF Young € 20

language & duration

  • 1 hour 15 minutes (zonder pauze)

  • Indra's Net - concert version

    © Yvonne Portra

  • Meredith Monk, composer

    © F. Scott Schaefer


concept Meredith Monk composition Meredith Monk direction Meredith Monk performers Paul An, Theo Bleckmann, Gideon Crevoshay, Allison Easter, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin, John Hollenbeck orchestra Ensemble Academy costume design Yoshio Yabara scenic design Yoshio Yabara lighting design Joe Levasseur associate lighting design Dan Stearns sound design Daniel Neumann cinematography Ben Stechschulte projection design Jorgé Morales musical direction Allison Sniffin score preparation Allison Sniffin orchestration Allison Sniffin, Meredith Monk stage manager Meredith Belis production manager Kevin Kenkel costume associate Meredith Belis costume support Jamielyn Duggan production The House Foundation for the Arts

This performance is made possible by