Music theatre, virtual reality and visual arts come together in Eight. After Holland Festival productions such as the operas After Life and Sunken Garden and the digital song cycle The Book of Sand, Michel van der Aa has taken another step in applying ‘mixed reality’ to this new, innovative work. Eight tells a woman’s poignant life story in reverse chronological order. Visitors, equipped with VR glasses and headphones, move one by one through an installation. They can manipulate physical and virtual objects, and meet the woman at various crucial moments in her life. Together with singer and actress Kate Miller-Heidke, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, set designer Theun Mosk and a technical team responsible for the breath-taking VR experience, Van der Aa shows once again why he is one of the world’s most inventive composers.

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