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? Eight men – dancers, singers and a drummer – draw the audience into a ritual for a new era. Inspired by the mathematical transitions in the art of M.C. Escher, familiar patterns transform into new possibilities. The performance is propelled by the frozen rhythm of Henry Purcell’s ‘The Cold Song’. Choral singing, virtuoso percussion by drummer Frank Rosaly and a filmic soundtrack by composer Gary Shepherd gradually unravel the aria before building up to a liberating musical explosion. 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.

Concept, direction, choreography: Nicole Beutler
Music: Gary Shepherd
Percussion: Frank Rosaly
Performers and co-creators: Felix Schellekens, Dominic Kraemer, Arnout Lems, Sebastian Pickering Pedersen (stagiair), Rob Polmann, Timo Tembuyser, Christian Guerematchi
Second cast: Tijmen Teunissen (stagiair), João Dinis Pinho
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Scenography: Julian Maiwald
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobricic
Artistiek assistent: Justa ter Haar
Dramaturgic advice: Fabienne Vegt
Répétiteur / tour manager: João Dinis Pinho
Light technique: Julian Maiwald
Audio technique: Valentijn Berkhout
Production: Nicole Beutler Projects
Coproduction: Operadagen Rotterdam, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam With the support of: Ammodo, Fonds 21, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Prepublicity image: 'God's House' Matthias Haker
Acquisition & tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi

2019
May18
8: METAMORPHOSIS
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Avant-première
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May20
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Operadagen Rotterdam Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
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May21
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Operadagen Rotterdam Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
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Sep18
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Sep25
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Schouwburg Hengelo Schouwburg Hengelo, Hengelo (NL)
Sep28
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De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
Oct11
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Schouwburg Haarlem Schouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem (NL)
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)
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