dido dido

dido dido

an aria re-memebered

in co-creation with NBprojects & Ulrike Quade Company

DIDO DIDO is an up-close confrontation with mythical Queen Dido’s tragic fate. Director / choreographer Nicole Beutler and her musical counterpart Romain Bischoff took their inspiration for this performance from Henry Purcell’s most celebrated aria: ‘Dido’s Lament’ from the opera Dido and Aeneas. Defeated by love and forsaken by her people, Dido decides to take her own life. “Remember me, but forget my fate.” It is the paradox in these last words however, that make her fate so hard to forget.

Six singer-musicians and one dancer are impassioned by Dido, as they breathe life into a puppet based on the Japanese tradition of Bunraku. As in a feverish dream they penetrate the very heart of Dido’s despair and will-power. With instruments from different corners of the world they deconstruct, repeat an rearrange the classical aria. In doing so, they are delaying the inevitable end, carving out time and space for a gentle letting go. DIDO DIDO: an incantational parting opera that crawls deep under the skin.

direction, choregraphy Nicole Beutler | musical direction Romain Bischoff | concept Nicole Beutler, Romain Bischoff | performers Maya Alban-Zapata, Raphaela Danksagmüller, Arnout Lems, Michaela Riener, Tiemo Wang, Heather Ware | music Henry Purcell, Wouter Snoei and the performers | puppet design and puppeteer coaching Ulrike Quade | puppet maker Watanabe Kazunori | costumes Jessica Helbach | set and lighting design Sascha van Riel | backdrop painting Ellen Windhorst en Bas Peeperkorn | directing and dramaturgical assistance Fabienne Vegt | artistic assistance: Justa ter Haar | puppeteering assistance Tim Hammer, Ruben Mardulier, Suze van Miltenburg, Pluck Venema | light Martin Kaffarnik | sound Wouter Snoei | coaching of choirs Els Mondelaers | production NBProjects, Silbersee, Ulrike Quade Company | with many thanks to Hillary Blake Firestone, Natascha Young, Wout van Tongeren and all participating choirs

photo credits © Corinne Mercadier, Fata Morgana, serie Solo, 2012, courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris

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Fri, 10 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Frascati
Amsterdam
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Sat, 11 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Frascati
Amsterdam
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Fri, 24 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Ainsi
Maastricht
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Fri, 01 December 2017, 20:00 - 22:00Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen
Nijmegen
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Sat, 02 December 2017, 20:30 - 22:00De Lawei
Drachten
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Thu, 07 December 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Corrosia theater, expo & film
Almere
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Fri, 08 December 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Ins Blau
Leiden
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Sat, 09 December 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theaters Tilburg
Tilburg
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Tue, 19 December 2017, 20:15 - 21:45Theater aan het Spui
Den Haag
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Sat, 23 December 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Utrecht
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Wed, 10 January 2018, 20:30 - 22:00Chasse Theater
Breda
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Sat, 13 January 2018, 20:00 - 21:30Plaza Futura
Eindhoven
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Mon, 15 January 2018, 12:30 - 14:00Concordia
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Wed, 17 January 2018, 20:30 - 22:00Toneelschuur
Haarlem
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Thu, 01 February 2018, 20:30 - 22:00Parkstad Limburg
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Fri, 25 May 2018, 20:00 - 21:30Operadagen
Rotterdam
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Sat, 26 May 2018, 20:00 - 21:30Operadagen
Rotterdam
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past performances

Tue, 07 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Frascati - Try-out
Amsterdam
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Wed, 08 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Frascati - Try-out
Amsterdam
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Thu, 09 November 2017, 20:30 - 22:00Theater Frascati - première
Amsterdam
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