MANTA is specifically aimed at the very youngest from 4 to 24 months, yet it is a pleasure and delight for the senses of young and old.

Manta transforms into a poetic dance with 3 musicians.

Klankennest was inspired by the special visual presence and movements of the Manta giant ray from the ocean. With glass art, wood and textiles the installation took shape. The music is based on old and contemporary music combined with polyrhythmic compositions. This goes hand in hand with improvisations in and with the installation and the audience. Repetition and repetitive elements form the basis for this journey.

The installation is a safe, secure environment that invites to explore, wonder and play.


"Klankennest creates warm performances and installations, giving children safe visual and musical impressions from a great artistic and pedagogical professionalism."

(youth programmer An)

"Manta is not a spectacle for babies. Nor is it a spectacle, for that matter.... Manta, these are moments. Moments with babies. Moments of deep sensory experiences for the little ones, but also for the older ones who accompany them. Timeless time, infinite freedom. Nothing is imposed, everything is suggested."

(Jeanne Ashbé - author and illustrator of children's books)

A new world awakens... A voice, accompanied by the sound of a cello, reaches the ears of the very young. Deep inside, they listen, living a sensory experience that reaches far beyond the everyday state. Liesbeth adds a unique dimension to her creation: she offers little ones not only the opportunity to see and hear her, but also to meet her.... Just as Liesbeth adds the dimension of encounter to her creation, Jeroen van der Fraenen, with his stunning sets, provides a dimension of exceptional beauty. The set is not an inlay, it is a work of art in itself, enriching the senses.... Klankennest combines artistic talent and deep attention to the very young...

(Cécile El Medhi - clinical psychologist) 


Children from 4 months to 24 months.

In kinderdagverblijven brengt Klankennest de aangepaste MINI-Manta voorstelling.


Liesbeth Bodyn (voice, concept, artistic direction) or Celine Debacquer (voice), Jeroen Van der Fraenen (scenography, technical coordination), Annemie Osborne (cello, voice, composition), Aya Suzuki (percussion, voice), Tine Allegaert, Rebecca Van Bogaert &Indré Jurguleviciute (composition), Tchi-ann Liu (movement coach)

Atelier Mestdagh / Ingrid Meyvaert (stained glass), Nova Villa (Reims) - Het Lab CCHA (Hasselt) & Rotondes (Luxembourg) (coproduction). Thanks to Musica (Hasselt), Schouwburg Kortrijk + Buda (Kortrijk), Peter Ingelbeen (light)

This performance was made possible with the support of Flemish Community and City of Ghent.


Soundnest is a company for young children and their parents that enables a dialogue and experimentation in music, movement and visual arts through sensory experiences.

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