Photos: Kim Krijnen , Co Broerse
To Plant Again for 16 performers, 2 music boxes and live electronics
Premiered at The Dutch National Opera & Ballet during Opera Forward Festival.
“To Plant Again is a new opera inspired by albatross birds and their behaviour as a metaphor for human experiences of love, travel, finding their own paradise and longing. It is an opera about going far away in the hope to get closer. Speaking to emerging generations, the opera asks us what type of love we are searching for in a world peopled with strong, individual beings. To Plant Again has its roots in a collaborative production process that challenges the boundaries between artistic disciplines. Like its main character, the opera departs from traditions to seek new ones: the libretto avoids dialogue and there is no orchestra, the costumes of the performers instead become instruments themselves. Here choreography has become the composition as music and movement depend on one another like two albatrosses who have fallen in love.”
Costumes by scenographer Paul Boereboom:
Humans of Amsterdam story about the inspiration for “To Plant Again”:
Opera Forward Festival relation including the interview with Erasmus Mackenna (director of “To Plant Again”)
Score example: (for the full score contact Adam Łukawski)