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In 8: METAMORPHOSIS, choreographer and theatre maker Nicole Beutler challenges you to leave the familiar behind and embrace change. Change is inevitable. Nothing remains the way it was. On the one hand we crave change, on the other hand we cling to the familiar. How do you deal with this?

Grote Zaal
duration: 75 minutes
first performance 19:00 u / second performance: 21:00 hrs

About the performance

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 effortlessly into a performative experience without bounds.

Nicole Beutler


Concept, regie, choreografie: Nicole Beutler
Muziek: Gary Shepherd
Slagwerk: Frank Rosaly
Performers en medemakers: Felix Schellekens, Dominic Kraemer, Arnout Lems, Rob Polmann, Timo Tembuyser, Christian Guerematchi. Sebastian Pickering Pedersen (stagiair)
Second cast: João Dinis Pinho, Tijmen Teunissen (stagiair)
Lichtontwerp: Minna Tiikkainen
Kostuums: Jessica Helbach
Decorontwerp: Julian Maiwald
Dramaturgie: Igor Dobricic
Artistiek assistent: Justa ter Haar
Dramaturgisch advies: Fabienne Vegt
Repetitor en tourbegeleiding: João Dinis Pinho
Lichttechniek: Julian Maiwald
Geluidstechniek: Valentijn Berkhout
Producent: Nicole Beutler Projects
Coproducent: Operadagen Rotterdam, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Met steun van: Ammodo, Fonds 21, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.

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