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Little Dog's Heart Doggy paddle through the plastic soup

This show was to been seen in May 2017

Children’s opera for age 8 and up

Duration 1:25

Language Dutch

Surtitles Dutch

Little Dog’s Heart
Or the rambling and true story of the unfortunate voyage of a Dutch cargo ship and the ship’s dog Sharik, through the unstoppable Plastic Soup.

In short

New production: following the success of Ramble to Reims, Dutch National Opera is presenting a newly composed children’s opera. Performed for and by sea dogs and everyone who has a soft spot for them.

  • Take a look at the rehearsals of Little Dog's Heart.
    Sing along with the sea dogs from the performance!

    Story

    Little Dog’s Heart is a children’s opera that aims to comment on the adult world, in the realisation that children will soon also be part of it. It is a parody of a society in which people seem to have lost track of things, and where the leaders only follow the opinion polls instead of putting themselves forward as role models for new generations.

    The Captain and his crew sail the seven seas with a cargo of frozen goods. Everyone’s in a good mood and joins in heartily with the sea shanties. The Captain is the undisputed leader on board, without a care for nature. He throws plastic overboard and shoots at birds. But then ship’s dog Sharik is wounded by one of the birds that have been shot down. In order to save him, part of the Captain’s brain is transplanted into the dog’s head.

    In consultations, the Captain discusses his crew’s vital questions in an authoritarian way, and notices that Sharik is displaying more and more human characteristics and claiming more and more human privileges. Then an argument erupts between the Captain and Sharik about who is the best leader. The dispute escalates to such an extent that the crew resort to mutiny, as they all believe they could be boss as well. Eventually, the ship appears to be in danger of sinking in the plastic soup they have created themselves. Can the situation be saved?

     

     

     

    Take a look behind the scenes and see how the image at the top of this page has been created.
    Will you sing along with the crew about their adventures on sea?

    Marcel Sijm

    Regisseur

    Marcel Sijm (concept and director) creates opera in all its various forms and does not shy away from interaction between different styles and performers. Besides the Baroque, classical and Romantic opera repertoire, he has a penchant for contemporary works, preferably in the Dutch language.

    Team, Cast and Chorus

    Concept and stage director 
    Marcel Sijm
    Libretto 
    Erik Bindervoet
    Robbert-Jan Henkes
    Music 
    Oene van Geel
    Florian Magnus Maier
    Musical coordination 
    Leonard Evers
    Set  
    Roel van Berckelaer
    Costumes 
    Esmee Thomassen
    Lighting 
    Erik van Raalte
    Dramaturgy 
    Klaus Bertisch
    De Captain 
    Anthony Heidweiller
    Sjarikmans 
    Gable Roelofsen
    Slau 
    Jeroen de Vaal
    Eiso  
    Alexander de Jong
    Arie  
    Mitch Raemaekers
    Padde 
    Martijn Cornet
    Tim de Timmerman 
    Marc Pantus
    Heintje, altviool-cajon 
    Oene van Geel
    Kurt, gitaar 
    Florian M. Maier
    Felix, (alt)viool-gitaar 
    George Dumitriu
    Korneel, klarinet-scheepskat 
    Bart de Kater
    Ijsbrand, slagwerk-scheepslier 
    Andreas Kühne
    Vrouw van de Dierenbescherming 
    Nanette Edens (actress)
    Children of Circuswerkplaats Boost 
    Orchestra aboard 
    Members Nationaal Jeugd Orkest

    Creation

    Bulgakov wrote a satire about the new Soviet man. Bindervoet & Henkes take a good look at our Dutch business acumen. Little Dog’s Heart shows the mess that adults make. Bobbing about in their little merchant ship, they control nature while wanting to stay in safe waters.

    The music was written by two experienced composers of children’s opera: Oene van Geel (jazz musician) and Florian Magnus Maier (composer of heavy metal, flamenco and modern classical). Marcel Sijm based his concept on the novella Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov and the picaresque novel Wijdlopige, brede en waarachtige beschrijving van de ongelukkige reizen van het schip de Visstick en haar gezagvoerder Kapitein Iglo by Bindervoet & Henkes.

     

    Hondenhartje is made possible in part by:

    Fonds21