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Holland Festival – Melencolia – Brigitta Muntendorf, Ensemble Modern

An experimental music theater performance with stereotypes from the Renaissance, romanticism, pop and camp as a 'melancholic playground, against the indifference of the universe'. Melencolia by the German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf is high-tech, deeply melancholic and yet light in tone.

Holland Festival – Melencolia – Brigitta Muntendorf, Ensemble Modern

Dates
Wed 19 Jun20:30 - 21:45
Thu 20 Jun20:30 - 21:45
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Location
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Nes 63 1
1012 KD Amsterdam
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What is melancholy?

The answer will be different for everyone. Muntendorf (1982, Hamburg) is one of the most interesting composers of her generation. In Melencolia , performed by 14 brilliant musicians from Ensemble Modern and a six-person choir, she presents 7 tableaux with different answers to that question in an associative manner. These are inspired by the most diverse subjects, from Albrecht Dürer's enigmatic copperplate engraving Melencolia I from 1514 to now extinct cities in the virtual world of Second Life and the infamous headbutt of footballer Zinedine Zidane.

Reality and virtuality

Reality and virtuality are combined on stage in many ways. The scenes come to life in a colorful and island-like setting with live video projections and lavish costumes, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cloned voices and a 3D sound system. Where virtuoso modern music solos alternate with sentimental Japanese karaoke, the music cleverly navigates between irony, kitsch and cliché.

The wealth of ideas and impressions paradoxically invites us to think about the demystified world we live in, in a performance that is alienating, funny and whimsical, but above all also deeply melancholic.

Dates and times

Wednesday 19 June20:30 - 21:45
Thursday 20 June20:30 - 21:45

Holland Festival – Melencolia – Brigitta Muntendorf, Ensemble Modern

Dates
Wed 19 Jun20:30 - 21:45
Thu 20 Jun20:30 - 21:45
More dates
Location
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Nes 63 1
1012 KD Amsterdam
show in Google Maps