DR. MIRACLE'S LAST ILLUSION
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We follow the elusive illusionist Dr. Miracle. In his travelling theatre he enthrals the audience with seemingly airy variety acts. He challenges gravity and other laws of nature. During one of the shows his assistant loses her life as a result of a tragic accident. Dr. Miracle gets intoxicated with the beauty of her transition to the eternal light. He is overcome by an overwhelming desire to relive this experience. In his quest he continually changes his appearance and gets mixed up with a mysterious world filled with sleep-walkers, lunatics and lost souls. Are we looking at light illusions? Or are we watching a detailed account of a series of ghastly murders?
Mariken in the garden of delights
Mariken in the garden of delights is based on the story of Mariken van Nieumeghen, of which the first version appeared exactly 500 years ago. Through the course of time, the story has lost nothing of its power and belongs irrefutably to the canon of Dutch culture. We follow the curious but also vulnerable Mariken on a journey through a sinister world. Along the way she meets some intriguing characters including a shrew of an aunt, a seductive devil, and an inquisitorial pope. An analogy on the triptych ‘The garden of delights’ by Jeroen Bosch (a contemporary of Mariken van Nieumeghen) she comes from ‘The private court’ near Nijmegen to visit ‘The garden of delights’ that is the city life of Antwerp, where she lives for seven years with the devil, leading a lavish life. Eventually, she looks for ‘Repentance’ and ends up in the cloister of the White Nuns in Maastricht. She lives here in chains, praying for deliverance.
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La troupe d'Orphée
OPERA2DAY would like to present La troupe d'Orphée, the itinerant group of singers, dancers and musicians surrounding the most heavenly voice ever: Orphée. Hear how he manages to spellbind the wild animals of the underworld with his fantastic singing. Meet his beautiful lover, Euridice. Be touched by the story of their love, astonished by the magical dance and the masterful music of Chapentier. This production pays homage to the time when itinerant troupes travelled Europe performing their music theatre in tennis courts and stables. In a one-off event, one of these troupes appears anew on the stage, this time in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. This production is based around the works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier. His short opera La descente d’Orphée aux enfers is the centrepiece of the evening, complimented by playful and energetic works Charpentier wrote for the great master of the theatre, Molière. This performance is a collaboration with De Dutch Don’t Dance Division and was enthusiastically received by the Dutch press: an ‘enchanting salute’ to the troupes ‘overflowing with the joy of the stage’, 'A breathtaking Orphée' and 'seldom does old music sound so new, in short ‘a true miracle’. The professionals nominated and the audience voted the production ‘Opera of the year’.