A confronting total experience

The title of Beutler's new performance is derived from the ginkgo, a Japanese walnut tree that can now also be found frequently in the Netherlands. A symbol of primordial power – at the time, the ginkgo even defied the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima.

After the great success of 8: METAMORPHOSIS at Julidans 2019 (VSCD-Mime Prize, Music Theater Now Prize, nomination Zwaan for best dance production), Beutler is once again making a dance opera about the end of the world as we know it. GINKGO will be a musical total experience in which permanent composer Gary Shepherd mixes his compositions with fragments from Mozart's Requiem and Le Cygne by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Central is the theremin, an electronic musical instrument that is played by varying the distance between the hands and two antennas. Master of ceremony is thereminist Dorit Chrysler, vocals are by Consensus Vocalis, a choir with no fewer than 12 singers.