© Anja Beutler

ATMEN

evolution is silently unfolding

In ATMEN / evolution is silently unfolding Nicole Beutler and her team welcome you into a possible future, the year 2200. Beneath the collapsed burden of the self-defeating hunger for power of the humans, the planet is finally breathing again and the surviving humans appear from the shadows in search of a new community.

Overgrown by nature the theater hall is now a ruin wherein flora, fauna, bacteria and luminescent fungi thrive. The red plush of the theatre chairs has become part of this living ecosystem. Under the moonlight, a wolf howls and six human/hybrids move from the shadows, dancers and singers. As part of the breathing biotope they are entangled with long forgotten radio waves, rustling leaves and electronic music compositions by our house composer Gary Shepherd, intersected with remnants of songs by romantic composer Franz Schubert. Visual artist Heleen Blanken develops three-dimensional projections overgrowing the theater with a nature that is resilient. Deep in these damp, vibrating, cavernous depths, at the bottom of a post-apocalyptic reality, the wild promise of an unimaginable future gradually takes shape. The audience is invited to become part of this ecosystem for some time.

Premiere: 18+19 October 2023 Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA)
Tour of Dutch theatres: January - June 2024 (see calendar)

Presented and supported by the arts & culture programme of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) and by Internationaal Theatre Amsterdam (ITA).

Listen to the introduction: 

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RITUALS OF TRANSFORMATION II
ATMEN / evolution is silently unfolding is the second part of the trilogy RITUALS OF TRANSFORMATION. GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole, was a farewell to the world as it is made by humans. In ATMEN / evolution is silently unfolding, Beutler and her team let nature catch its breath back and invite the audience into a future biotope where humans dwell in the shadows. The third part of the trilogy, NOW WE ARE EARTH / An Orchestra (April 2025, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen) attempts a new balance between humans, earth, animals, fungi and technology. With this trilogy Beutler wants to touch the audience by offering new perspectives, by looking beyond doom scenarios for the future of humanity in search of new, unexpected connections, a paradigm shift generating potential for hope and with that pathways for change.

 

  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler

REVIEWS

REACTIONS OF THE PUBLIC:

"Impressed by the scenography, music, the performers and the context programme. Beautiful! - Lotte

''What an impressive spectacle yesterday, I will never again walk into the main hall in ITA without thinking of your fantastic design 2200'' - Magne

''Congratulations on this wonderful, intense, symbiotic and urgent performance. What a trip!'' - Roosje

''How breathtaking it was yesterday! The balance between song and dance and design was fantastic. A beautiful meditative experience.'' - Marieke

''Everything about it was astonishing. Sets, costumes, soundscape, projections, movement and voice!'' - Barbara

''A spectacular cadence. At first you have to get used to it, precisely because the players are not arranged centrally but move around the edges. Breathing rhythm everywhere.'' - Marloes

''A delightful evening, the speeches, documentary, amazing decor in the Schouwburg and also in the performance area, it was grandiose! The costume designers/ thinkers were fantastic!"- Djahan

NEWS & CONTEXT

Cast & Credits

Nicole Beutler Idea, direction, choreography
in close collaboration with the team:
Gary Shepherd electronic music composition ​​​
Franz Schubert music
Heleen Blanken videoart
Julian Maiwald & team scenography
Julian Maiwald lighting design
Igor Dobricic dramaturgy
Hillary Blake Firestone, Reve Ter Borg, Arnout Lems, Dominic Krämer, Felix Schellekens, Timo Tembuyser performance, choreography & vocals
Jessica Helbach costume design
Justa ter Haar artistic assistance
Ruben Kieftenbelt sound design
Konstantinos Chatzikypraios director's assistant
Joao Dinis Pinho rehearsal teacher & tour manager
Salya Berraf understudy performer
Hans-Peter Hulsscher head of techniques & video
Valentijn Berckhout sound technique
Nicholas Hermans light technique

Ellen Windhorst set editing / stage painter
Yonina van Geel production NBP
Shewska Verberne marketing NBP
With many thanks to Neal Powless (stories), Nicole Geertruida (outside eye) 
Sophie Luca Shepherd (your future is the reason for this trilogy)


A production of Nicole Beutler Projects
Presented by International Theater Amsterdam (ITA) & Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)
Made with support of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / Vonk! / Fast Forward, Parktheater Eindhoven, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Made possible by the generous support of Fonds Podiumkunsten Den Haag, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Fast Forward, Stichting DOEN, AMMODO Fonds

  • Foto: Reinout Bos
  • Foto: Reinout Bos
  • Reinout Bos

Calendar

Voorstelling of activiteit Datum en tijd Zaal of locatie Occasion Ticketlink
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Leidse Schouwburg
Leiden
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Leidse Schouwburg
Leiden
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Leidse Schouwburg
Leiden
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Leidse Schouwburg
Leiden
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Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie
Leeuwarden
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Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie
Leeuwarden
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Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie
Leeuwarden
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Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie
Leeuwarden
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Utrecht
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Utrecht
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Schouwburg Hengelo
Hengelo
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O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre
Rotterdam
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O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre
Rotterdam
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Chassé Theater
Breda
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Chassé Theater
Breda

Previous performances

Voorstelling of activiteit Datum en tijd Zaal of locatie Gelegenheid
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Het Nationale Theater - Koninklijke Schouwburg
Den Haag
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Het Nationale Theater - Koninklijke Schouwburg
Den Haag
ATMEN
Parktheater
Eindhoven
ATMEN
Parktheater
Eindhoven
ATMEN
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Amsterdam
ATMEN
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Première
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Theater Lampegiet
Veenendaal
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