★★★★ NRC: ‘One of the strenghts of Tido Visser, managing director of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, is his ability to create powerful programmes that defy the boundaries of the genre. The amazingly singing chamber choir is not only original, but also highly relevant.’

★★★★ De Volkskrant: ‘Arjan Ederveen is moving as a demented man, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir makes the sorrow sound in a masterful fashion.’

★★★★ Trouw: ‘The Netherlands Chamber Choir takes a subject highly relevant to society and manages to stage this in a nuanced way.’

In 2019 the Nederlands Kamerkoor launched Vergeten (Forgotten), a moving programme which was acclaimed both at home and abroad. The choir demonstrated that for more than 80 years it has ranked among the world’s finest ensembles, and can effortlessly create connections between music and topical social themes.

Dementia is the most common cause of death in the Netherlands. Tido Visser, managing director of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, watched his father – the famous opera singer Lieuwe Visser – sink further and further into Lewy body dementia. A form of dementia that gives rise not only to forgetfulness, but also hallucinations, illusions and suspicion. Lieuwe saw swirling rivers rushing through the streets, he saw little men sitting on the roof. His suffering was heartbreaking, and the powerlessness with which his nearest and dearest had to witness that suffering no less so. It is, alas, a daily reality for thousands of patients and their carers. Now, five years after Lieuwe’s death, with music as the main ingredient, we ask ourselves the question: what did he go through? Where does the mind end and the universe begin? A journey through the furthest reaches of the dementia sufferer’s mind, on waves of music.

Music from a.o. Brahms, Saariaho, Kokoras, Lidholm
Text by Spinvis

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor

Arjan Ederveen actor
Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Jorrit Tamminga electronics
Titus Tiel Groenestege production
Tido Visser idea and concept

 

Please note: the theatrical aspect of this programme is performed in Dutch. In Amsterdam surtitles will be available in English.

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