In GINKGO (or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole) we say goodbye to the world as we know it; dancing on the garbage heaps of our civilization as melancholy pieces of music from our collective memory slowly distort and fade away.
Producer Gary Shepherd and thereminist Dorit Chrysler will be composing the ultimate swan song. Like a master of ceremonies, Chrysler's hands stir invisible strings as she guides us in the direction of our own demise. Singers of the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Orchestra) NXT sing their last song. Five dancers dance their last dance until only the gingko tree remains: the Japanese walnut tree that even survived the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima.
NEWS & CONTEXT
Cast & Credits
Concept, direction, choreography: Nicole Beutler
Performance: Dorit Chrysler, Hillary Blake Firestone, Rob Polmann, Marjolein Vogels, Felix Schellekens, zangers NKK NXT
Music: Gary Shepherd & Dorit Chrysler, Saint-Saëns (The Swan - Le carnaval des animaux)
Scenography: Marloes & Wikke
Lichting design: Minna Tiikainen
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobričić
Production: Nicole Beutler Projects
Co-production: O. Festival Rotterdam, Nederlands Kamerkoor met NKK NXT, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Grand Theater Groningen
Acquisition and tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi