7 - 11 Feb 2024
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman
€15 (up to 35 yrs) | €20 regular
A VR opera as a meditative quest
How does one relate to a world of things that are passing? Are we a part of it? Or are we just looking at it? And what about the body – is it something that we are or that we have? There is an ambivalence here that prompts the question: could this be the origin of all melancholy?
In Songs for a Passerby - a VR opera by Celine Daemen about our tenuous relationship with the transitory nature of reality - you will autonomously walk through a musical dreamscape shown in a VR headset. You are following your own 3D mirror image and on the way you will pass by various scenes: a dying horse, a choir of murmuring people, two playing dogs.
Stage direction Celine Daemen
VR art direction Aron Fels
Composition music & sound Asa Horvitz
Libretto Olivier Herter
Sound & mix Wouter Snoei
In Songs for a Passerby you can hear fragments of songs written by Hildegarde von Bingen and echoes of melodies (including the song “O u Poli, Drevo”) sung by the esteemed Ensemble Drevo (tradition) of the village Kryachkivka, Poltava, Ukraine – Slava.
Nadia Amin, Vincent van den Berg, Hans Croiset, Sterre Konijn, Misja Nolet, Carl Refos, Michaela Riener, Eleonora Schrickx, Georgi Sztojanov, Garbo, Micha, Raffie, Rey
Production: Silbersee. In co-production with: Studio Nergens, VIA ZUID and Muziekgebouw Productiehuis.
Developed with the financial support of The Performing Arts Fund NL, the Netherlands Film Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL
“You are both a body that is moving through space and a mind that is looking at it. ... You are both in the world and simultaneously outside it.”
- Celine Daemen
Each visitor is given an individual time slot of about 30 minutes. A new time slot starts every 15 minutes. If you want to come with several people, you can reserve several time slots.