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The Moon will be an opera for 4 singers conceived as One Big Song shared and sung together. It is set in a future where solitude, loneliness and the impossibility to communicate, are vaporized and replaced by an eternal adolescence: a life in the middle of countless possibilities. Fluid identities in a state of refusal for the impossible choices between the various disguises of contemporary nothingness.

The Moon is a live-group-installation, a perforated opera-synthesis shaped in a ritual. It is set in a non-existing time and a non-existing situation. It is inspired by bacteria. Neither fiction nor reality but an artificiality. A reflection of a highly weird virtuality. The Moon invites the audience on a crazy trip around nothing: a celebration of the subnormal. In a laid back atmosphere we’re going to stretch our brains in this limited space called theatre together with the audience. Let’s dig that hole! And make it deep!

“I am the moon
it could be that I am
more moon than
I am myself”


In The Moon, which is more a one-big-song-performance than an opera in the traditional sense, the body regains its immanent vitality. It becomes the centre point of a ritualized universe. While singing an ocean of reflections and thoughts, the bodies create naive patterns in time and space that could alternately refer to minimal art principles of the sixties or the basic dances of utopian communities at the beginning of the twentieth century. The performance “The Moon” practices a physical belief in abstraction, beyond the behavioral laws of social contact. It gives a glimpse of a universe, where everything becomes one because of a shared interest in the naivety of form and devotion in execution.

– Robert Steijn

Following the premiere in DanseFestival Barents (Hammerfest) on 12 November 2016, the production moves to Avant Garden (Trondheim), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen, NO) and De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam).

per-/platformers
Bonnema, Anna Sophia
Dahl, Hans Petter Melø
Freeman, Davis
Preiss, Joana

concept/idea
Bonnema, Anna Sophia
Dahl, Hans Petter Melø

text
Bonnema, Anna Sophia

music
Dahl, Hans Petter Melø

moonlight by
Tiikkainen, Minna

dramaturgy by
Steijn, Robert

production by
Sekse, Gulli
MaisonDahlBonnema

productional assistance
Blaute, Eva

Co-produced by
Needcompany (BE), De School van Gaasbeek (BE), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO) , Dansefestival Barents (NO), Avantgarden (NO), Veem House for Performance (NL)

With support from
De Brakke Grond (NL)