GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole

A FAREWELL TO THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

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.

What if everything collapses.
What if humanity drowns in their own waste. What if the earth reclaims its space.

After the great success of dance opera 8: METAMORPHOSIS, choreographer Nicole presents another visual gesamtkunstwerk. With GINKGO, the first part of the trilogy RITUALS OF TRANSFORMATION, she faces the fear of the possible end of humanity. The title is derived from the ginkgo, a Japanese nut tree that can now also be found in many places in the Netherlands. A symbol of primeval strength – at the time, the ginkgo even withstood the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima. GINKGO is one last ecstatic dance on the garbage heaps of civilization.

Gary Shepherd’s futuristic music compositions form the cinematic guideline, thereminist Dorit Chrysler is master of ceremony, and the twelve singers of Consensus Vocalis recall a lost era with Mozart’s Lacrimosa. Saying goodbye hurts, but when we let things go, there is space for new perspectives and unexpected beauty.

With this trilogy Beutler invites her spectators to practice the future in the coming years. In part 2 nature will breathe again. Part 3 is a healing balancing act between humans, animals, plants, mycelium and technology.

NEWS & CONTEXT

Cast & Credits

Concept, direction, choreography: Nicole Beutler
Created with the performers: Melyn Chow, Hillary Blake Firestone, Felix Schellekens, Cesirhe Sedney, Marjolein Vogels
Music: Gary Shepherd, W.A. Mozart, Camille Saint-Saens
Theremin composition + performance: Dorit Chrysler
Choir: Elma Dekker, Alice van de Geest, Kazue Goto, Kitty Lai, Carmen de Haan, Sarah van Lieshout, Ingrid van Ree, Felis Jago Larham, Aart Schutte, Leo de Visser, Bas Cornelissen, Sam Eggenhuizen, Hidde Kleikamp.
Dramaturge: Igor Dobričić 
Scenography: Marloes & Wikke
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Costume: Jessica Helbach
Repetitor: João Dinis Pinho
Assistant director: Catarina Ferreira da Silva
Understudy: Djamila Ploeg, Rob Polmann
Sound: Valentijn Berkhout
Light: Prem Scholte Albers 
Decor/ general tech: HP Hulscher
Production: Nicole Beutler Projects 
Coproduction: Consensus Vocalis, O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre and Julidans
Choir rehearsal: Béni Csillag

With support of: ITA, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Grand Theater Groningen
Made possible by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Fast Forward, Fonds 21

Acquisition and tour planning: Theaterzaken via Rudolphi

Thanks to: Goethe-Institut Amsterdam, Christian Guerematchi, Imre Ploeg NKK Next (research), Guy Cools (Boek Performing Lamenting)

Calendar

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GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole
O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre
Rotterdam
Première
GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole
O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre
Rotterdam
GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole
Julidans
Amsterdam
GINKGO or: 56 million years ago there were palm trees on the North Pole
Julidans
Amsterdam