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Collective WorksWorld premiere

Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Saturday 12 March 202221:00
Sunday 13 March 202215:00
Tuesday 15 March 202221:00
Thursday 17 March 202221:00
Friday 18 March 202221:00
Lisenka Heijboer CastañonDirector
Eddy van der LaanSet Designer
Carmen SchabracqCostume Designer
Hendrik WaltherSet Designer
Manoj KampsConductor
Katharine DainSoprano
Luciana ManciniMezzo-soprano

Last September, with FAUST [working title], the young opera creators Manoj Kamps and Lisenka Heijboer Castañon managed to create a small miracle on a big stage in only three months. Following their successful project, the duo joins forces again with a group of artists to further develop their take on how to create opera. Under the title [Collective Works], the Opera Forward Festival celebrates an abundance of narratives, perspectives and voices.

With their FAUST [working title], the two creators brought a methodology to Dutch National Opera, which DNO wants to continue researching with them and with other artists. So, starting with [Collective Works], DNO opens the door to experimentation both on stage and in the rehearsal studio. The idea is to facilitate research into new working methods with a collective character. What are the implications of making opera for a collective? And how can you do this inclusively? [Collective Works] is an initiative revolving around OFF’s philosophy; it’s about discovering new stories and forms, about experimenting with collaborative creative processes and researching the endless possibilities of this artform.

The outsider

Lisenka Heijboer Castañon and Manoj Kamps set out on an expedition with an interdisciplinary collective of artists. From the standpoint of the outsider, they explore the versatility of opera as a genre, both musically and theatrically. Method and story join hands in celebrating variety. Dutch National Opera’s longing to work with the Asko|Schönberg ensemble has finally been fulfilled with [Collective Works]. The ensemble’s mission to contribute to ‘making today’ perfectly matches the theme of [Collective Works]: ‘how to make opera today’.

Collective Works
March 2022
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