Rozalie Hirs



Ways of Space (2019), Van Doesburg House, France – tryout

On Saturday 2 November 2019 at 15:00 CET the sound artist Fedde ten Berge (*1983) is a guest artist at the Maison Van Doesburg, Meudon, Paris, France. He presents several of his sound art installations to the public: Klank Experimenteer Station/ KES, Stronk, Egg, Shroom, and Hybride Microphone (see picture below).

At 16:00 CET the architect Machiel Spaan and composer Rozalie Hirs present their new architectural sound sculpture Ways of Space (2019), which they have developed in close collaboration during their artist-in-residence at Maison Van Doesburg, Meudon, France. Ways of Space (2019) is inspired by the concept of the ‘open floorplan’ developed by Theo Van Doesburg (1883-1931) for his own residence. Spaan created the spatial arrangement of loudspeakers and Hirs composed new electronic sounds for the musical composition. It is the third collaborative architecture/sound art project by Spaan and Hirs, after Curvices (2013-present), and the Listening House (2017-present). The residency is supported by Mondriaanfonds, Maison Theo Van Doesburg, and Stimuleringsfonds voor de Creatieve Industrie.

The entrance is free. Since the space is limited, advance reservation through an e-mail to is advised.

event programme

15:00-16:00 and 17:00-18:00 CET
Interactive sound installations by Fedde ten Berge: Klank Experimenteer Station/ KES, Stronk, Egg (see picture on the left), Shroom, and Hybride Microphone.

16:00-16:15 CET
Introduction to Ways of Space (2019)

16:15-17:00 CET
Sound installation Ways of Space (2019) by Machiel Spaan & Rozalie Hirs

17:00 CET


Date: 2019-11-02
Time: 15:00 CET
Location: Van Doesburg House, 29 rue Charles-Infroit, Meudon Hauts-de-Seine (Paris), France
Open Saturday IV at Van Doesburg House, curated and hosted by its artists-in-residence Machiel Spaan and Rozalie Hirs (September - December 2019)


meditations (2017) – French premiere

On Saturday 7 September 2019 at 16:00 CET the pianist Keiko Shichijo plays a solo programme, featuring, among other pieces, Spaces (1969) by Tom Johnson and meditations (2017) by Rozalie Hirs.

concert programme
Erik Satie – Deuxième Prélude du Nazaréen (1893)
Morton Feldman – Three pieces for piano (1954)
Tom Johnson – Spaces (1969)
Rozalie Hirs – article 3 [a] (2003)


Rozalie Hirs – Meditations (2017)
Bunita Marcus – Julia (1989)
Erik Satie – Troisième Nocturne (1919)


Date: 2019-09-07
Time: 16:00 CET
Location: Van Doesburg House, 29 rue Charles-Infroit, Meudon Hauts-de-Seine (Paris), France
Performers: Keiko Shichijo (piano)
Open Saturday I at Van Doesburg House, curated and hosted by its artists-in-residence Machiel Spaan and Rozalie Hirs (September - December 2019)


Artist-in-residence, Van Doesburg House, Paris, France

From 1 September until 31 December 2019 composer Rozalie Hirs and architect Machiel Spaan live and work as artists-in-residence at the Van Doesburg House, Paris, France. During their stay the two create Ways of Space (2019), a new interdisciplinary architectural sound art installation. The residency is made possible through grants from Mondriaanfonds and the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

The Van Doesburg House was designed by De Stijl artist and architect Theo Van Doesburg for himself and his wife, the pianist, artist, and curator Nelly van Moorsel. It is an inspiring, transformative building with movable inner walls.


Date: 2019-09-01
Location: Van Doesburghuis, 29 rue Charles-Infroit, Meudon Hauts-de-Seine (Paris), France
The artist-in-residence is curated and financially supported by Mondriaanfonds, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Salon, Maison Dora Maar

On 22 March 2018 at 18:00 the three current artists-in-residence at Maison Dora Maar, Liz Brown, David Grand, and Rozalie Hirs, present their work to the public. With special thanks to Gwen Strauss, director of Maison Dora Maar.

Liz Brown talks about and reads from Twilight Man: The Strange Life and Times of Harrison Post, to be published by Viking. David Grand speaks about and reads from his fourth novel. Rozalie Hirs speaks about the compositional ideas underlying her new work parallel world and sea to be premiered by ASKO|Schönberg in May 2018. The presentations and subsequent rounds of questions are to be followed by a reception.

The Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is made possible through a grant from the Brown Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States.

Date: 2018-03-22
Time: 18:00 CET
Location: Salon, Maison Dora Maar, Rue du Portail Neuf 58, 84560 Ménerbes, France


Composer-in-Residence at Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France

From 1 to 31 March 2018 Rozalie Hirs is composer-in-residence of the Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes, Provence, France. With generous support of a Brown Foundation Fellowship from the Maison Dora Maar.

The French photgorapher, painter, poet Dora Maar (pseudonym for Henriette Theodora Markovitch) owned the house and stayed there every summer from 1944 until 1996 (photograph: Lee Miller).

Date: 2018-03-01
Location: Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, Provence, 84560 France


Composer-in-Residence at MacDowell

From 7 August until 7 September 2017 Rozalie Hirs is Composer-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest artist colony in the United States, founded in 1907. During her time at MacDowell she will be working on new compositions and poems. The picture below shows the founder Marian McDowell.

Date: 2017-08-07
Location: MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States


Composer-in-Residence at Yaddo

From 1 May until 8 June 2017 Rozalie Hirs is composer-in-residence at the Artists’ Community Yaddo in Saratoga, upstate New York, United States. During her time at Yaddo, she works on a new chamber composition for soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, to be premiered in the Autumn (photograph ©2017 Elisabeth Haynes, Yaddo).

Rozalie Hirs is the 2017 recipient of The Jane Adams Wait Residency. This residency was established in 1996 by The Adirondack Trust Company to honor the dedication and service of Jane Wait to The Corporation of Yaddo in support of a composer or choreographer.

Date: 2017-05-01
Location: Yaddo, Saratoga, New York, United States


Artist-in-Residence at Banff, Canada


From 6 November until 11 December 2016 Rozalie Hirs is Musician-in-Residence at The Banff Centre, Canada. During her stay in Canada she works on new music. With the generous support of the Artist’s Award from Banff Centre and a fellowship from Cultuurfonds.

Date: 2016-11-06
Banff Musician-in-Residence, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada


Writer-in-residence, NIA, Greece

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From 23 August until 19 September 2010 Rozalie Hirs is Writer-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute in Athens (NIA), Greece. During her residency she works on new poems for the forthcoming book gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2012), more specifically on the new poetry cycle die ‘deed mijn schoenen aan’ (‘who put on my shoes’, translation by Donald Gardner).

Date: 2010-08-23
Location: Nederlands Institute Athens, Makri 11, Athens, Greece
With the generous support of a travel and residency fellowship from the Dutch Foundation for Literature