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 Modern-day solitude and the impossibility to communicate has been replaced by eternal adolescence: a life in an endless ocean of possibilities.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 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