‘Beauty in sound and image with the Tears of St. Peter’ – NRC (★★★★)

Orlando di Lasso Lagrime di San Pietro
György Ligeti parts from Nonsense Madrigals

Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Dance Company Nanine Linning
Alexandre Riabko dance
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor


Nanine Linning co-director and choreography
Tido Visser co-director and idea
Irina Shaposhnikova costume design
Pink Steenvoorden (Einstein design) light and set design

In Di Lasso’s Tears of St. Peter the Nederlands Kamerkoor places Orlando di Lasso’s masterpiece in a contemporary setting: what happens to man in times of isolation, loneliness and desperation? In the performance Alexandre Riabko, principal dancer at the Hamburg Ballet, takes on the role of Peter, an apostle and one of Jesus’ most loyal followers. And yet he denies Jesus. His subsequent disillusionment and loneliness are brought to life in a scenic interplay between Peter and the choir, co-directed by Tido Visser and Nanine Linning.

Peter’s struggle is observed and accompanied by seven singers trapped in life-sized glass columns. Who is lonelier? He who is confined, or he who has no one with whom to share his freedom? How does Peter’s idealism relate to today’s world in which people choose self-interest, in which the one-liner is preferred to the nuance, in a society in which blind power defeats moral justice? Both audience and singers become witness to Peter’s suffering. Poetic, confrontational and topical.

“The combination of pure voice, sung a cappella, and dance is given a pure, almost unearthly portrayal in the performance” – Theaterkrant

 

 

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