'De Gehangenen' are the doubting Thomases who are unafraid to ask questions out loud. They are unwilling to accept what is known or written. They investigate because they want to find out for themselves. Their attempts are not appreciated however. Often they have to pay for their curiosity with their lives. Like Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake as a heretic for his theory of an infinite universe in which the sun was only one of many stars. In this new musical-theatre production by Josse De Pauw for Lod, the on-stage orchestra plays a composition by Jan Kuijken. A musical story that creates tension through the interaction between orchestra, actors, singers and recordings of voices and sounds. Above the musicians' heads hang two actors and three singers. De Pauw has written both spoken and singing parts for them. The singing in Latin consists of prayers for compassion, anxious lamentations as well as broad narratives that provide a context. The actors' words express the feelings of seekers, scientists and the curious. 'De Gehangenen' is a tribute to all those who have been hanged, tortured, burnt or incarcerated for their visionary ideas.