Different dates 2021


Tour, Various theatres

Running time

40 minutes


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Exciting music theatre for the little ones (2+)

What would butterflies in your stomach sound like? And what would happen if they slowly moved up your throat and out of your mouth, fluttered around and then, passed through the violin, before creeping into the marimba? This season, Kriebel, the highly-acclaimed show for preschoolers, returns to stages in the Netherlands and beyond.

Exciting music theatre for the little ones (2+)

Join a violin-playing singer, a dancing percussionist and a singing dancer in a playful mix of dance, music and song. Kriebel is an exciting music theatre performance for young children about the dynamic, sparkling and colourful world of sound.

Kriebel is the result of a joint effort between Dutch National Opera and Oorkaan, a company that has been staging concerts for young audiences for two decades. Composer Leonard Evers has also created another family opera Goud!, which will be performed in our theatre this season as well.

Kriebel will be on tour this season throughout the Netherlands and in Europe.


Winner YAMaward

In 2020, Kriebel won the Young Audiences Music Award (YAMaward) for the category ‘Best Small Ensemble’. The judges' report read as follows:

The artists are so skillful in everything: their movements, how they navigate the stage and how they communicate. Playing their instruments and singing. (…) Creating art for children aged 2 to 5 while keeping it interesting for all ages - including parents - can be extremely difficult, but this production nailed it.

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Performance information

Stage direction  Caecilia Thunnissen 
Choreography  Milena Sidorova
Set design  Tessa Verbei 
Costumes  Merel van Marken Lichtenbelt
Lighting design  Tiedo Wilschut
Dramaturgy  Erin Coppens 

Voice and violin  Tiemo Wang 
Percussion and dance  Vitaly Medvedev 
Dance and voice  Lana Renfrum

Coproduction with  Oorkaan and Philharmonie Luxembourg 

In the media
Rave reviews

But then, Tiemo Wang takes out his violin and starts playing. At once, everyone is enchanted. In the thirty minutes that followed, people laughed, looked in amazement at the stylised movements and most of all, listened.

20 October

The children's audience, as well as their elders, watched breathlessly.

22 October

It's a good development that The Dutch National Opera is not just adding education on the side as before, but with performances like this one and later this season (...) they are opening their doors wide. Even for crying toddlers.

20 October

For the children, the best moment came after the applause: they were allowed to express their own emotions on a number of instruments with sticks. Real kriebel.

22 October

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