De Gabber Opera
Performance collective URLAND shaves its heads and makes a hardcore theatre trip that shakes the theatre to its foundations. The Rotterdam counterculture from the 1990s comes to desecrate the plush and the chandeliers into a booming, hallucinatory Gesamtkunstwerk. De Gabber Opera is inspired by The Bacchantes by Euripides, and shows the timeless penchant of man for stupor and ecstasy.
Run time 75 minutes
The show features stroboscopic lighting effects
De Gabber Opera
In a landscape deserted by God we see four bald nymphs who find in the intoxication what they had lost, and lose what was their own. A Great Story about the ritual, the intoxication, and the all-consuming Nothing.
Since its inception, URLAND has been inspired by both the Great Stories of world literature and contemporary visual culture. Greek tragedies, foam machines and laser shows collide in a dark, kaleidoscopic oeuvre that tries again and again to celebrate the meaning of the theatre and the divine in man.
'De Gabber Opera is a remake of the play that the five theatre makers of Urland made 11 years ago as second and third year theatre school students, but it feels like a contemporary performance. The clubs have been closed for ages, but in De Gabber Opera, we can get a brief taste of nightlife again.'
by and with Ludwig Bindervoet, Thomas Dudkiewicz, Marijn Alexander de Jong, Karel van Laere, Jimi Zoet
co-production Theater Rotterdam
lighting design Varja Klosse in collaboration with Marijn Alexander de Jong and Karel van Laere
costume Kostuumatelier Theater Rotterdam (Karin van der Leeuw and Erik Bosman)
composition opera and choral pieces Annelinde Bruijs
composition performance Jimi Zoet
technical Denzo Theatertechniek (André Goos), Frank Hermans, Ruud Lamers
production management Elise de Fooij, Andrea van Bussel
graphic design Ruben Verkuylen
photography Sandra Zegarra Patow
publicity Esra J. Merkel
business management Jens Besse
URLAND is made possible in part by the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Performing Arts Fund
URLAND is an alliance partner of Theater Rotterdam
Do we really dare to question our prejudices? Or have we become too politically correct? How do we move forward without losing each other?