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8:METAMORPHOSIS

A DANCE OPERA

The ice is melting, the climate is changing, the balance of power is starting to shift. The future holds great uncertainty. 8: METAMORPHOSIS is both a dance performance and a contemporary opera about embracing the changes that lie ahead. Will they come in a gradual process or as a series of painful shocks? After her impressive Bauhaus trilogy, director and choreographer Nicole Beutler returns to the big stage with a new total work of art.

Eight men – dancers, singers and a drummer – draw the audience into a ritual for a new era. Inspired by the mathematical transitions in the illusory art of M.C. Escher, familiar patterns transform into new possibilities. 8: METAMORPHOSIS invites you into a twilight zone, a no-man’s-land that is both hopeful and threatening. Is destruction necessary for us to learn a new way of living together?

The performance is propelled by the frozen rhythm of Henry Purcell’s ‘The Cold Song’. In this haunting aria, a winter spirit laments the coming of spring. He resists it with all his might, but must inevitably melt. Choral singing, virtuoso percussion by drummer Frank Rosaly and a filmic soundtrack by composer Gary Shepherd gradually unravel the aria before building to a liberating musical explosion.

Like a ‘visual artist in theatre’, Beutler composes a dance opera according to her own rules. In search of a new perspective, stage and auditorium are inverted. The theatre space becomes a single living organism in which dance, music, lighting design and visual composition merge into a performative experience without bounds.

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Calendar

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SPOT
Groningen
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Parktheater
Eindhoven
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Chassé Theater
Breda
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TAQA Theater de Vest
Alkmaar
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Het Nationale Theater
Den Haag
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Het Nationale Theater
Den Haag
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Het Park
Hoorn
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Theater Rotterdam
Rotterdam
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Theater Rotterdam
Rotterdam
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De Meerse
Hoofddorp
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Stadstheater Arnhem
Arnhem
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De Blauwe Kei
Veghel
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Parkstad Limburg Theaters
Heerlen
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Cast & Credits

Concept, direction & choreography: Nicole Beutler
Performance: Arnout Lems, Dominic Kraemer, Felix Schellekens, Frank Rosaly, Joshi Martina, Rob Polmann, Sebastian Pickering Pedersen, Timo Tembuyser
Percussion: Frank Rosaly
Understudies: Drew Santini, João Dinis Pinho, Tijmen Teunissen
Tourmanager & apecial appearance: João Dinis Pinho 
Music: Gary Shepherd, Henry Purcell
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Scenography: Julian Maiwald
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobricic
Thanks to: Christian Guerematchi

Production: Nicole Beutler Projects
Co-production: O. Rotterdam, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
With the support of: Ammodo, Fonds 21, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Tourplanning and acquisition: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi

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