Dates

12-18 March

Location

International Theatre Amsterdam, Main Stage

Running time

1:30, no intermission

Tickets

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[Collective Works]

How to make opera today

Last September, with FAUST [working title], the young opera makers Manoj Kamps and Lisenka Heijboer Castañón managed to create a small miracle on a big stage in only three months. Following their successful project, the duo joins forces again with a group of artists to further develop their take on how to create opera. Under the title [Collective Works], the Opera Forward Festival celebrates an abundance of narratives, perspectives and voices.

How to make opera today

With their FAUST [working title], the two artists brought a new method of working to Dutch National Opera, which we want to continue researching with them and with other artists. So, starting with [Collective Works], DNO opens the door to experimentation both on stage and in the rehearsal studio. The idea is to facilitate research into new working methods with a collective character. What are the implications of making opera as a collective?

And how can you do this inclusively? [Collective Works] is an initiative in line with the philosophy of the Opera Forward Festival (OFF); it’s about discovering new stories and forms, about experimenting with collaborative creative processes and researching the endless possibilities of the artform.

 

The outsider

Lisenka Heijboer Castañón and Manoj Kamps set out on an expedition with an interdisciplinary collective of artists. From the standpoint of the outsider, they explore the versatility of opera as a genre, both musically and theatrically. Method and story join hands in celebrating variety.

Performance information

Concept & creation Manoj Kamps, Lisenka Heijboer Castañón, Pete Harden, Sarah Sluimer, Eddy van der Laan, Carmen Schabracq, Hendrik Walther and Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Musical direction  Manoj Kamps
Stage direction  Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Composer / music dramaturgy  Pete Harden
Writer / text dramaturgy  Sarah Sluimer
Set design  Eddy van der Laan
Costumes  Carmen Schabracq
Lighting design  Hendrik Walther
Dramaturgy  Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

Performers
Katherine Dain
Gil Gomes Leal
Luciana Mancini
Esther Mugambi
Stephanie Pan
Eduardo Rojas
Maciej Straburzynski

Orchestra  Asko|Schönberg

Coproduction with Asko|Schönberg

Faust [working title]
Faust [working title], photo: Michel Schnater
Faust
Faust [working title], photo: Michel Schnater
Faust [working title]
Faust [working title], photo: Michel Schnater
Faust [working title]
Faust [working title], photo: Michel Schnater

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Asko|Schönberg

Asko|Schönberg

Asko|Schönberg is a leading ensemble that celebrates new music from the 20th and 21st centuries. They perform the repertoire of great established composers as well as works by a new generation of young talents. Talent development is an important part of the ensemble’s identity. During the Opera Forward Festival the Asko|Sch.nberg Ensemble will provide the music in the DNO production [Collective Works], conducted by Manoj Kamps.

Photo: Milagro Elstak

 

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