A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

Floor Houwink ten Cate, Annelinde Bruijs, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Frascati Producties

An energy-efficient play about life and extinction

A dramaturge takes over a play from an actress who has to go to her dying mother. She takes the audience into the grand story of the emergence of life on our planet and the extinction of many animal and plant species.

Drawing both on her personal ideas and on scientific research, she gives voice to our shared anxiety and despair about the world’s situation and connects the death of the mother with the fear of humankind disappearing.

An energy-efficient play about life and extinction

A dramaturge takes over a play from an actress who has to go to her dying mother. She takes the audience into the grand story of the emergence of life on our planet and the extinction of many animal and plant species.

Drawing both on her personal ideas and on scientific research, she gives voice to our shared anxiety and despair about the world’s situation and connects the death of the mother with the fear of humankind disappearing.

In her search for a way to make theatre in a responsible, energy-efficient way, theatre director Katie Mitchell developed a concept for a piece where only the text and a set of rules for the performance go on the road. The piece is performed with a local cast and crew in each country. One of the rules is that all the energy used for the performance has to be generated in a way that the audience can see.

At the Holland Festival, it is up to director Floor Houwink ten Cate to realise this challenging concept in an original and smart way. Actress Joy Wielkens plays the role of dramaturge and brings the disconcerting text to life.

Opera composer and singer Annelinde Bruijs is composing the show. Floor Houwink ten Cate and Annelinde Bruijs are working continuously on a new, socio-political opera form in which they question the classical notions of opera and transform them into large, vulnerable and political gestures.

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dates

Fri June 17 8:30 PM

Sat June 18 8:30 PM

Sun June 19 8:30 PM

Prices

  • default € 25
  • CJP/student € 12

language & duration

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (zonder pauze)

  • © Annelinde Bruijs

  • © karen scheffers (Joy Wielkens)

  • © Eva Roefs (Floor Houwink Ten Cate)

credits

text Miranda Rose Hall concept, original direction Katie Mitchell direction Floor Houwink ten Cate scenography Julian Maiwald composition Annelinde Bruijs Paul Clark, Electric Farmer (Elisha Millard) dramaturgy (original) Ntando Cele performance Joy Wielkens, a.o. production Holland Festival coproduction Frascati Producties, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, R.B. Jérôme Bel (Parijs), Réseau des Théâtres en Transition:  Dramaten Stockholm, MC2/Maison de la Culture de Grenoble, National Theater & Concert Hall, Taipei, NTGent, Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Théâtre de Liège, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, National Theatre of Croatia Zagreb, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Trafo

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