We buy, fly, and consume like never before, despite alarming messages about climate change and the role of our own consumerism. For a country which lies almost completely below sea level: is it time to build a new ark to save ourselves from impending doom and a new Apocalyps? Tonight, Noah will ask himself: is his flood going to be ours? 

By means of a script by screenwriter Eddy Terstall, Cees Geel will take on the role of Noah. All the archetypes of consumerism will be presented: the egoist, the opportunist, the denier, the paralyzed, the pragmatist, and the activist. The Nederlands Kamerkoor provides a musical commentary through newly commissioned works by both young and established Dutch composers.


What does climate change sound like? 

De Balie, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ provide artists with an opportunity to make their voices heard and to make current events tangible. Talented composers, actors and philosophers will confront us with a Gesamtkunstwerk filled with music, theatre and thought-provoking lectures on our never-ending consumerism. An evening revolving around a modern-day Noah. Will he take it upon himself again to build an ark for an impending flood?


Works by Jacob ter Veldhuis, Jan-Peter de Graaff, Maxim Shalygin, Marijn Simons and Bec Plexus



Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamber Choir)
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor
Cees Geel Noah; evangelist
Eddy Terstall screenwriter
Yoeri Albrecht director

Editorial staff

Yoeri Albrecht managing director De Balie
Merlijn Geurts programme creator De Balie
Maarten van Boven artistic and managing director Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor Nederlands Kamerkoor
Tido Visser artistic and managing director Nederlands Kamerkoor


The State of the Netherlands is a co-production by Nederlands Kamerkoor, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, and De Balie.

Concert calendar

  • Sat. 7 September 2019 20:15

    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ - Amsterdam



    oud-minister Jacqueline Cramer


    columnist Erdal Balci

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  • Mon. 9 September 2019 20:00

    TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht



    kunstenaar Claudy Jongstra


    columnist Erdal Balci

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  • Thu. 12 September 2019 20:00

    Grote Kerk - Enschede




    hoogleraar Ingrid Visseren


    columnist Erdal Balci

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  • Sat. 14 September 2019 20:15

    Nieuwe Kerk - Den Haag




    campagneleider Faiza Oulahsen


    columnist Erdal Balci

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