Dr. Miracle

Dr. Miracle's last illusion

Dr. Miracle

For our production 'Dr. Miracle's last illusion' we found inspiration in a literally magic genre: illusionism. We returned to the period around 1900, when life was brightened by sparkling variety shows as well as a fascination for what could lie beyond the boundary between life and death. The performance was co-produced with the New European Ensemble, De Dutch Don't Dance Division and the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

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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?

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'Dr. Miracle's last illusion' is both a flamboyant and melancholic performance full of suspense, not lacking in humour or horror. The story is brought to life with enchanting scenes from operas and ballets by Bellini, Offenbach, Verdi, Wagner and Stravinsky. The show also pays tribute to the magic genres of opera and dance with their many often insane heroines. These muses - and victims - of Dr. Miracle are sung by the three vocal top-talents Martina Prins, Kristina Bitenc and Lucie Chartin and danced by Violet Broersma from De Dutch Don't Dance Division. Woedy Woet, multiple Dutch champion magician, plays the part of Dr. Miracle. Concept and production originate from OPERA2DAY's artistic leader Serge van Veggel.

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REACTIONS FROM PRESS AND AUDIENCE

'A hit!', 'artistic fusion at a high level' and 'the most accessible and spectacular production OPERA2DAY has staged so far'. These are some of the comments the production received from the critics. For an overview of reactions from press and audience, click here.

 

DR. MIRACLE'S LAST ILLUSION WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO:

Gemeente Den Haag
Fonds Podiumkunsten
VSBfonds
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Fonds 21
Nationaal Theaterfonds
Fonds 1818
Rabobank Stimuleringsfonds Regio Den Haag
Fonds Schiedam Vlaardingen e.o.
NORMA-FONDS
M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting
Cultuurschakel
De Groot Fonds
Dr. Hofsteestichting
Stichting F.S. Tijmstra
Stichting Elisabeth Strouven
Rabobank Drachten Friesland Oost, Fonds Coöperatief Dividend

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SUMMARY

During one of his shows the travelling illusionist Dr. Miracle discovers the mysterious world of life after death. As a result of a seemingly awkward accident he witnesses the death of a passer-by, a girl he asked to assist with a trick. While she dies Dr. Miracle catches a glimpse of the eternal light from the hereafter. He becomes obsessed with the surrender of a soul to death. He realises what he saw is what Isolde sings of in her Liebestod at the end of Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Greatly inspired he seeks for methods to simulate the transition from life to death and from consciousness to the unconscious. His first experiment is using a sedative which brings a pretty young lady in an ‘elevated’ but fatal dreaming state. His methods increase in cruelty as he tries to intensify the experience. As a self-appointed psychotherapist and exorcist he succeeds in driving women to insanity. He catches glimpse after glimpse of the eternal light, but he wants more. He is not able to resist the attraction of an unknown world. He takes a step farther and as a medium tries to make direct contact with the dead. Slowly but surely Dr. Miracle loses his grip on his macabre magic world. The line between reality and illusion gets blurred. The women that disappeared haunt him and reappear in his life. His conjuring with life and death seems to have opened the door to the hereafter a crack. Eventually his quest drives him to madness and forces him to go through the door and disappear into the eternal light.

 

REPERTOIRE

In de voorstelling zijn onder meer (delen uit) de volgende volgende werken opgenomen:

Jacques Offenbach - Le Docteur Ox 

Jacques Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann 

Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Isabelle Aboulker - Je t'aime

Giuseppe Verdi - Macbeth

Igor Stravinsky - L'Oiseau de feu

Ambroise Thomas - Hamlet

Gian Carlo Menotti - The Medium

Ernest Chausson - La Nuit

Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde

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CAST AND TEAM


Dr. Miracle
Woedy Woet

Soprano Lucie Chartin 

Soprano Kristina Bitenc

Soprano Martina Prins

Dance Violet Broersma De Dutch Don't Dance Division

Aereal Dance Femke Luyckx

Voice Dr. Miracle Tom Jansen

New European Ensemble

 

Concept ans direction Serge van Veggel

Musical direction Hernán Schvartzman

Project development Alice Gubler

 

Dramaturgy and text Minnekus de Groot

Composition and arrangements Daniël Hamburger

Research historical recordings Emlyn Stam, Hernán Schvartzman

Choreography Thom Stuart (De Dutch Don't Dance Division)

Illusions Woedy Woet

Scenography Herbert Janse

Light Uri Rapaport

Costumes Mirjam Pater

Hair and make-up Nienke Algra

Technical producer Ronald Tebra

Sound design Arne Bock

 

Fotografie campagnebeelden Henk Bleeker

Scènefotografie Morten de Boer

Teaser en filmpjes Joris-Jan Bos

Trailer Sonia Herman Dolz en Saladin Afoh

Dr. Miracle's last illusion

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Trailer Dr. Miracle's last illusion

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Director Serge tells about Dr. Miracle's last illusion

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Teaser Dr. Miracle's last illusion

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Dr. Miracle's muse talking

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Reactions after première Dr. Miracle

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No current calendar dates found for this production.

Wednesday 12 Apr 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg, Groningen


Friday 07 Apr 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen


Addres: Keizer Karelplein 32h
City: 6511 NH Nijmegen
Phone: 024-3221100

Friday 31 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater DNK, Assen


Addres: Weiersstraat 1
City: 9401 ET Assen
Phone: 088 012 88 88

Thursday 30 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

De Lawei, Drachten


Addres: Laweiplein 1
City: 9203 KL Drachten
Phone: (0512) 33 50 50

Sunday 26 Mar 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg


Addres: Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1
City: 5038 TN Tilburg
Phone: 013 543 22 20

Saturday 25 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Wilminktheater, Enschede


Thursday 23 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

ATLAS Theater, Emmen


Sunday 19 Mar 2017 - 19:00 HOUR

Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam

Koninklijk Theater Carré


Addres: Amstel 115-125
City: 1018 EM Amsterdam
Phone: 0900 - 25 25 255 (€ 0,45 p/m)

Wednesday 08 Mar 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Flint, Amersfoort


Addres: Coninckstraat 60
City: 3811 WK Amersfoort
Phone: 033 4229 229

Tuesday 07 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch


Addres: Parade 23
City: 5211 KL Den Bosch
Phone: 0900 - 3372723

Wednesday 01 Mar 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht


Addres: Lucasbolwerk 24
City: 3512 EJ Utrecht
Phone: 030-23 02 023

Friday 24 Feb 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda


Addres: Boelekade 67
City: 2806 AE Gouda
Phone: 0182 - 513 750

Thursday 23 Feb 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Rijswijkse Schouwburg, Rijswijk


Wednesday 15 Feb 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Deventer Schouwburg, Deventer

Deventer Schouwburg


Addres: Leeuwenbrug 2
City: 7411 TJ Deventer
Phone: 0900 3000 200

Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Parktheater, Eindhoven

Parktheater


Addres: Elzentlaan 50
City: 5615 CN Eindhoven
Phone: 040 - 2111122

Sunday 12 Feb 2017 - 19:00 HOUR

TAQA Theater De Vest, Alkmaar


Addres: Canadaplein 2
City: 1811 KE Alkmaar
Phone: 072-5489999

Saturday 11 Feb 2017 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater De Spiegel, Zwolle


Addres: Spinhuisplein 14
City: 8011 ZZ Zwolle
Phone: 0900-1435

Wednesday 08 Feb 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Stadstheater, Arnhem


Addres: Velperbinnensingel 10
City: 6811 BP Arnhem
Phone: 026 - 443 73 43

Sunday 05 Feb 2017 - 16:00 HOUR

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht


Friday 03 Feb 2017 - 20:15 HOUR

Theater aan de Schie, Schiedam


Addres: Stadserf 1
City: 3112 DZ Schiedam
Phone: 010-2467467

Sunday 11 Sep 2016 - 14:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Saturday 10 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Friday 09 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Thursday 08 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Wednesday 07 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Tuesday 06 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Monday 05 Sep 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Friday 24 Jun 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 - 20:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

WELCOME TO DR. MIRACLE'S WORLD

The shows in the Koninklijke Schouwburg are open one hour before starting time so you can immerse yourself in the theatre in Dr. Miracle's world. There is also an introduction to the programme.
 
TICKET SALES

Tickets for the performances at the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague are on sale. They can be reserved by clicking in the playlist on the performance of your choice. You will then be taken to the reservations page of the Koninklijke Schouwburg. It is also possible to reserve tickets by phone (0900 3456789, 10 ct/min), from Tuesday to Saturday between 13:00 hrs and the start of the show and until 17:00 hrs when there is no performance. On Sunday, Monday and holidays the desk opens an hour before the show starts.

Tickets for the performances in The Hague are also available at the two branches of Paagman booksellers. More information and opening times can be found by clicking the link (scroll to the bottom of the page).
 
Ticket sales for the national tour in 2017 will open for each theatre at a different time. This will be announced on the playlist. As soon as sales are open, we will add a link to the reservations page. Most theatres will open their sales around May.

LENGTH OF THE PERFORMANCE

The performance lasts for about 90 minutes. There is no intermission. As to the performances in The Hague you are welcome from one hour before starting time to familiarise yourself with Dr. Miracle's world (see above).

AGE INDICATION

Attendance is discouraged for children below the age of 14.

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