Dates

12-18 March

Location

International Theatre Amsterdam, Main Stage, ITA

Running time

110 minutes, no intermission

Tickets

From €19

I have missed you forever

A procession and a dog

Unfortunately, our performances of I have missed you forever on 15, 17 and 18 March will have to be cancelled due to illness. We will send ticket holders an email as soon as possible, informing them about the options available to them. 

In a theatre, various people come together for a memorial service. As is in keeping with funeral tradition, each individual has a different memory, image or idea of the person being commemorated. After all, the deceased person fulfilled many different roles and carried many unseen experiences with him. Gradually, multiple voices rise in unison as they share their story. Voices who have been rejected, persecuted or forgotten. Yet they are here now, and could not be more alive. They form in a procession that contains a flood of stories, speeches and music: all different in nature and time, but moving as one, united.

A procession and a dog

A collective of performers, writers and composers from different disciplines and backgrounds worked together intensively on this production. By sharing stories, teaching each other songs and choreographies and exchanging skills in workshops and through online channels, they laid the foundation for this production. The creative team shared their ideas with the performers, who in turn came up with a plethora of visions and creations. This all came together during the intense final rehearsal period in the run-up to the performances in ITA. In the actual theatre, the audience will surround the performers, and will in turn be enveloped by mourning rituals and joy, accompanied by man’s best friend the dog – our guide, protector and human connector.

 

[COLLECTIVE WORKS]

With FAUST [Working title], Kamps and Heijboer Castañón introduced a new work method to Dutch National Opera, which will continue to be explored in the future with other artists as well as with Kamps and Castañón. To this end, DNO has set up [Collective Works], which will provide a space for artists to experiment, both on stage and in the rehearsal studio. The primary aim of this set-up is to research new and collective methods. What does it mean to create an opera as a collective? And what does it mean to do so in an inclusive way? [Collective Works] is an initiative that ensures OFF’s vision takes centre stage; it is all about discovering alternative stories and art forms, about exploring collective creative processes and uncovering the endless possibilities of this art form.

Performance information

Concept & creation Lisenka Heijboer Castañón, Manoj Kamps, Antonio Cuenca Ruiz, Sarah Sluimer, Pete Harden, Carmen Schabracq,  Atelier Clement, Hendrik Walther

Music Ethan Braun, Rick van Veldhuizen, Sarah Hennies, Lingbo Ma, Stephanie Pan

Text  Sarah Sluimer, Alma Mathijsen, Romana Vrede, Olivier Willemsen, Esther Mugambi

Musical director Manoj Kamps
Director Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Costume and mask design Carmen Schabracq
Set design Atelier Clement
Lighting design Hendrik Walther
Dramaturge Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Musical dramaturge Pete Harden
Text dramaturge Sarah Sluimer, Manoj Kamps

Cast
Chloë Abbott
Marc Alberto
Berima Amo
Jonathan Bonny
Katharine Dain
Reinaldo Donoso
Efe Erdem
Aktas Erdogan
Gil Gomes Leal
Manoj Kamps
Yung-Tuan Ku
Luciana Mancini
Esther Mugambi
Wilco Oomkes
Stephanie Pan
Edu Rojas
Maciej Straburzynski
Thora Sveinsdóttir
Cody Takács
Patrick Votrian

Coproduction with Asko|Schönberg

Language
English

Surtitles
Dutch and English

Artists
Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Concept and creation, director
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Manoj Kamps | Conductor, theatre maker and composer
Manoj Kamps
Concept and creation, musical director, performer
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Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Concept and creation, dramaturge
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Sarah Sluimer
Sarah Sluimer
Concept and creation, text dramaturge, writer
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Pete Harden
Pete Harden
Concept and creation, musical dramaturge
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Carmen Schabracq
Carmen Schabracq
Concept and creation, costume and mask design
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Eddy van der Laan
ATELIER CLEMENT (Eddy van der Laan)
Concept and creation, set design
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Hendrik Walther
Hendrik Walther
Concept en creatie, light design
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Cast

I have missed you forever is part of the Opera Forward Festival 2022. This sixth OFF edition will take place from 5 to 13 March 2022. Click on the link below to be the first to receive updates on OFF 2022!

Trailer I have missed you forever

Trailer

I have missed you forever - podcast

How do you make an opera from scratch as a collective? Lisenka Heijboer Castañón, Manoj Kamps and Pete Harden take you through the creative process of I have missed you forever. Please note:  this podcast is in Dutch.

I have missed you forever - podcast

By: Emma Lesuis

Free online programme booklet

Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about the music and cast!

I have missed you forever
Scene from I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
I have missed you forever
Scene from I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
I have missed you forever
Scene from I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
I have missed you forever
Scènebeeld I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
I have missed you forever
Scènebeeld I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
 I have missed you forever
Scènebeeld I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
I have missed you forever
Scènebeeld I have missed you forever | Photo: Bart Grietens
13 March

A miracle of lust for life and contagious cheerfulness, albeit always against the background of death."
 

"Like a theatrical presentation of a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch."
 

"Excellent performance

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I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
I have missed you forever - repetities
I have missed you forever - rehearsals | Photo: Milagro Elstak
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|Schönberg Ensemble will provide the music in the DNO production I have missed you forever, conducted by Manoj Kamps.

Photo: Ada Nieuwenhuis

 

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Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival

Co-producer

This production is part of OFF

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