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15 - 24/06/2018

The Moon, MaisonDahlBonnema/ photo Lambert de Jong
GalleryThe Moon, MaisonDahlBonnema/ photo Lambert de Jong
  • The Moon is an opera for four singers set in the future. Modern-day solitude and the impossibility to communicate has been replaced by eternal adolescence: a life in an endless ocean of possibilities. This live-group-installation is a ritual that is neither ction nor reality, but an artificiality and nothingness. The Moon invites the audience to a crazy celebration of these.

  • MaisonDahlBonnema

    MaisonDahlBonnema is the name adopted by the duo Hans Petter Melø Dahl and Anna Sophia Bonnema.
These two performing artists have since 1999 played an important part in Jan Lauwers &
Needcompany’s stage productions.

    Hans Petter Dahl has been a co-founder of, and for many years a performer with, the Norwegian cult
group Baktruppen. In 1995 Dahl and Bonnema set up Love & Orgasm. Since then they have created a
great many performances as a duo or with other artists, at the meeting point of composed music, visual
art, literature and theatre. Dahl and Bonnema are constantly redefining themselves: from Love &
Orgasm through L & O Amsterdam to MaisonDahlBonnema, which opened in 2003 as a virtual concept
house that launches new collections of ideas in the form of clothes, music, video and writing. Their
performances display a radical preference for the autonomous juxtaposition of the various means of
stage production. The audience itself has more than once also become part of the overall setting. Dahl
and Bonnema work out everything themselves: the writing, the music, the design and the acting.

    In 2007 MaisonDahlBonnema made their first opera: “The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny – a Pop Opera”,
followed by “Ricky and Ronny and Hundred Starts – a Sado Country Opera” in 2010, and at last “Analysis
– the Whole Song” in 2011. From the beginning, this opera trilogy has been on tour in three continents
and fourteen countries with more than 80 performances. Audience has seen their work from Norway to
Calgary, over Tokyo, Paris and Sweden to Belgium, Croatia among many others. In 2014 “Rhythm
Conference feat. Inner Splits” was realized. This rhythmical-performative-ritual stated a ‘goodbye’ to
anthropocentrism and placed all the ‘things’ in the universe as a monstrous ‘too-much’ while preparing
to leave the planet earth.

    Since 2007, MaisonDahlBonnema explores the concept of opera in a contemporary format. 

  • Per-platformers: Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Davis Freeman, Joana Preiss
    Concept: Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl
    Text: Anna Sophia Bonnema
    Music: Hans Petter Melø Dahl
    Moonlight by: Minna Tiikkainen
    Dramaturgy by: Robert Steijn
    Production by: Gulli Kristina Sekse, MaisonDahlBonnema
    Productional assistance: Eva Blaute
    Co-produced by: Needcompany, De School van Gaasbeek, BIT Teatergarasjen, DanseFestival Barents, Avantgarden, Veem House for Performance
    With support from: De Brakke Grond
    Premiere: 12.11 2016, DanseFestival Barents, Hammerfest