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Monday 26 February 2024

'SONG OF THE DARK FOREST' CLOSES TOUR IN ROTTERDAM

'SONG OF THE DARK FOREST' CLOSES TOUR IN ROTTERDAM

After 39 performances in 31 cities, the tour of the show Song of the dark forest came to an end on Saturday 24 February. The performance was a co-production with Scapino Ballet and the DoelenEnsemble. Directed by our artistic director Serge van Veggel, it sang the tragic story of war, with poignant songs and dance by four choreographers.

FOUR CHOREOGRAPHERS

Song of the dark forest is a poignant, compelling and comforting performance, performed by the full group of Scapino dancers, an opera singer and live music by the DoelenEnsemble. It sings the tragic song of war. An unknown soldier, hovering between life and death, longs to return to his loved ones but is also haunted by memories of the battlefield. With poignant songs and dance by four choreographers, this timeless story comes to life.

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Musically, a leading role is given to the work of Dmitri Shostakovich. In times of war and oppression, his music was a source of hope and comfort for many. Songs by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov will also be heard, revealing an unmistakable pacifist message and a melancholic longing for better times. It concludes with Sergei Akhunov's recent Prayer for Peace. That title is a true motto for the entire performance.

The show could be seen throughout the Netherlands between October 2023 and February 2024. Performances included in Maastricht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Drachten and, of course, The Hague.

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