8: METAMORPHOSIS

2019, A coproduction with OPERADAGEN ROTTERDAM and ITA

The ice is melting, the climate is changing, the balance of power is starting to shift. The future holds great uncertainty. 8: METAMORPHOSIS is both a dance performance and a contemporary opera about embracing the changes that lie ahead. Will they come in a gradual process or as a series of painful shocks? After her impressive Bauhaus trilogy, director and choreographer Nicole Beutler returns to the big stage with a new total work of art.

Eight men – dancers, singers and a drummer – draw the audience into a ritual for a new era. Inspired by the mathematical transitions in the illusory art of M.C. Escher, familiar patterns transform into new possibilities. 8: METAMORPHOSIS invites you into a twilight zone, a no-man’s-land that is both hopeful and threatening. Is destruction necessary for us to learn a new way of living together?

The performance is propelled by the frozen rhythm of Henry Purcell’s ‘The Cold Song’. In this haunting aria, a winter spirit laments the coming of spring. He resists it with all his might, but must inevitably melt. Choral singing, virtuoso percussion by drummer Frank Rosaly and a filmic soundtrack by composer Gary Shepherd gradually unravel the aria before building to a liberating musical explosion.

Like a ‘visual artist in theatre’, Beutler composes a dance opera according to her own rules. In search of a new perspective, stage and auditorium are inverted. The theatre space becomes a single living organism in which dance, music, lighting design and visual composition merge effortlessly into a performative experience without bounds.


Nicole Beutler (1969) has been making multidisciplinary dance, theatre and performance for 20 years. In 2017, in collaboration with opera company Silbersee, she created DIDO, a theatrical and musical deconstruction of Henry Purcell’s famous aria ‘When I Am Laid’ from Dido and Aeneas. For 8: METAMORPHOSIS she again explores the boundaries of opera as a genre. Beutler’s work is characterised by endless diversity, a surprising vocabulary of form, intuitive wisdom and abstract beauty. This makes her unique as a theatre and dance maker in the Netherlands. In 2018 Beutler was awarded the Gieskes-Strijbis Podiumprijs, the most important award for quality and diversity in the performing arts in the Netherlands.

Concept, direction, choreography: Nicole Beutler
Music: Gary Shepherd, Henry Purcell
Realised in close collaboration with the team:
Performance, co-creation: Felix Schellekens, Dominic Kraemer, Arnout Lems, Sebastian Pickering Pedersen, Rob Polmann, Timo Tembuyser, Christian Guerematchi
Percussion: Frank Rosaly
Costume: Jessica Helbach
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Scenography: Julian Maiwald
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobricic
Artistic assistance: Justa ter Haar
Dramaturgic advice: Fabienne Vegt
Repetitor, tour management: João Dinis Pinho
Light technique: Julian Maiwald, Prem Scholte Albers, Desirée van Gelderen
Audio technique: Valentijn Berkhout
Second cast: Tijmen Teunissen, João Dinis Pinho
Production assistance: Marijn Maurits
Campaign: Len Rooth, studio l&rooth
Campaign photography: Aisha Zeijpveld
Teasers and trailers: Bas de Brouwer
Pre publicity image: 'God's House' Matthias Haker
Acquisition & tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi

Production: Nicole Beutler Projects
Coproduction: Operadagen Rotterdam, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam With the support of: Ammodo, Fonds 21, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

▲ previous dates
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2019
May18
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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Avant-première
May20
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Operadagen Rotterdam Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
May21
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Operadagen Rotterdam Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
Aug25
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Uitmarkt: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Uitmarkt: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam,
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Sep18
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
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Sep25
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Schouwburg Hengelo Schouwburg Hengelo, Hengelo (NL)
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Sep28
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De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
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Oct04
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Nederlandse Dansdagen Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht (NL)
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Oct11
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Schouwburg Haarlem Schouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem (NL)
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Oct17
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Het Nationale Theater Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag (NL)
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Oct31
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Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden (NL)

reviews

8: Metamorphosis is an impressive dance-opera about a patriarchal structure that will not yield. ★★★★★ (Volkskrant, Annette Embrechts, 23/05/2019)

The actors are fantastic. The movements in perfect synergy, the singing heavenly, the intention convincing. It is all unparalleled. The highlight is when the spectators are sitting on stage, looking into the auditorium. Truly one of the most scenery ever. The tears spontaneously jump into your eyes. Grandiose. (Musicalnieuws)

8: Metamorphosis explores the transition space regarding ecological awareness that we are currently in, the inhuman in humans, the change accompanied by destruction and the change without it. As it is written in the brilliant booklet supporting the performance, it is encouraging us to ask brave questions and look into the future, for we must negotiate a new deal. How do we define anew the role of men in a time that calls for de-centering both of masculinity and of humanity? (Arts Talk Magazine)

A red light glows as a setting sun far away, just as a fragile tree completes the fantasy. Astonishing. (Jordi Ribot i Thunnissen)