The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny - a Pop Opera
Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema 
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Conceived and performed by:
Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl

Libretto:
Anna Sophia Bonnema

Music:
Hans Petter Dahl

Costume and light:
MaisonDahlBonnema

Animation:
Jan Bultheel

Production director:
Luc Galle

Surtitling and assistance:
Eva Blaute

A Needcompany / MaisonDahlBonnema production.

With the cooperation of Kaaitheater (Brussels) en ImPulsTanz (Vienna)

With support of the Flemish authorities.

Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl sing to the audience in the guise of their alter egos Ricky and Ronny. While in the world outside the machinery of war keeps on turning at full power, these two singing characters, with their naive trust in the manipulability of individual happiness, represent a sense of contemporary life. It is the mindset of new middle class whose horizons are defined  by what goes on behind closed doors. They think they have the right to everything, and when life takes a different course they see it as an injustice which they cannot accept. They prefer to escape into a fantasy world where everything is still possible. The glamour of the imagination is maintained to the extreme.

There is no room for intellectual detachment in what Ricky and Ronny proclaim. Because they sing about everything that comes to mind, they live entirely in the present and do not foster evil in their hearts. But this uncensored musical expression does not bring relief. On the contrary, the more they sing the more they lose sight of reality and become entangled in the turbulence of their disturbed hearts and minds. Ultimately they skim dangerously close to the edge of their own insanity, which only increases their mutual incomprehension. But there is no way back, and they sing their way into the world of excess. Wishes become the father and mother of imagination. An adopted child materialises out of snow and seed, and people who jump from buildings transform into human snow.

In The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny – a Pop Opera, Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl continue their quest for the ideal combination of stage play and concert. This time they have come up with a really extreme form which the glamour of a psychological kinky soap is able to broaden into a psychedelic concert with lyrical outbursts.

Robert Steijn

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Conceived and performed by:
Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl

Libretto:
Anna Sophia Bonnema

Music:
Hans Petter Dahl

Costume and light:
MaisonDahlBonnema

Animation:
Jan Bultheel

Production director:
Luc Galle

Surtitling and assistance:
Eva Blaute

A Needcompany / MaisonDahlBonnema production.

With the cooperation of Kaaitheater (Brussels) en ImPulsTanz (Vienna)

With support of the Flemish authorities.

Tour dates

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August 2007
12 AugWienImPulsTanz Try-Out
October 2007
05 OctBrusselKaaitheater Try-Out
06 OctBrusselKaaitheater Try-Out
11 OctBrusselKaaitheater Premiere
12 OctBrusselKaaitheater
13 OctBrusselKaaitheater
17 OctBergenBIT Teatergarasjen
18 OctBergenBIT Teatergarasjen
23 OctAmsterdamDe Brakke Grond
24 OctAmsterdamDe Brakke Grond
April 2008
22 AprVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
23 AprVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
August 2008
22 AugAntwerpenKultuurfaktorij Monty
23 AugAntwerpenKultuurfaktorij Monty
26 AugGroningenNoorderzon - Performing Arts Festival
26 AugGroningenNoorderzon - Performing Arts Festival
September 2008
12 SepAmsterdamDe Brakke Grond
15 SepLjubljanaEx Ponto Festival
19 SepSkopjeMOT International Theatre Festival
October 2008
03 OctStockholmKulturhuset
04 OctStockholmKulturhuset
06 OctMalmöInkonst
17 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
18 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
24 OctVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
24 OctBrusselKaaitheater
25 OctBrusselKaaitheater
November 2008
14 NovSevillaTeatro Central
15 NovSevillaTeatro Central
18 NovGranadaTeatro Alhambra
19 NovGranadaTeatro Alhambra
21 NovMálagaTeatro Cánovas
22 NovMálagaTeatro Cánovas
25 NovArlesThéâtre d'Arles
28 NovAntwerpenKultuurfaktorij Monty
December 2008
13 DecMechelenKC nOna
January 2009
27 JanArtigues-près-BordeauxLe Cuvier de Feydeau
28 JanArtigues-près-BordeauxLe Cuvier de Feydeau
March 2009
10 MarEisden-MaasmechelenCC Maasmechelen
20 MarMurciaCentro Párraga
21 MarMurciaCentro Párraga
27 MarOsloBLACK BOX TEATER
28 MarOsloBLACK BOX TEATER
April 2009
22 AprKrakowKrakowskie Reminiscencje teatraline
October 2009
10 OctPragueFour Days Association/festival
11 OctPragueFour Days Association/festival
January 2010
16 JanTokyo Tokyo International Arts Festival
17 JanTokyo Tokyo International Arts Festival
June 2010
23 JunZagrebEurokaz Festival
24 JunZagrebEurokaz Festival
October 2010
07 OctMalmöInkonst
13 OctCalgaryTheatre Junction
14 OctCalgaryTheatre Junction
15 OctCalgaryTheatre Junction
16 OctCalgaryTheatre Junction
28 OctBruggeCC Brugge
December 2010
03 DecOsloTrondelag Teater
04 DecOsloTrondelag Teater
November 2011
29 NovAntwerpenKultuurfaktorij Monty
April 2012
01 AprWroclawStage Songs Review Festival
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