In-House Productions

In this shortened version of Mozart's opera lasting 65 minutes the performers tell the story using a combination of song, spoken text and puppets. The 7 lead characters are all doubled by a singer and a puppet and both the singer and the puppet are identically dressed. The action alternates between the world of the singer and that of the puppet as if the characters of a cartoon strip had come to life revealing their true emotions.

This project was a collaboration with the Composition and Classical Singing Departments of the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. As a piece of absurdist theatre it takes as it's subject a small town amateur acting group performing a section of Chekov's play '3 Sisters'. The music was composed by 3 composition students. While the tasks of writing the melody, harmonies and orchestration were divided and rotated amongst them for each scene the challenge was to maintain a sense of musical cohesion.

While based on the true story of a 17th century woman, Cornelia van Nijenroode, born of a Dutch father and Japanese mother, this music theatre piece was not meant as a historical biography. Rather, the story was used as the 'looking glass' through which issues relating to culture, inter-racial marriages and women's rights were examined. The story is told in a non-linear fashion using spoken text, song and movement in combination with projections.

The decor was a two meter high 'Japanese' inspired screen made up of seven panel. The screen was used to delineate the performing space through which the performers moved, as well as functioning as a projection surface.

In the Netherlands as well as Australia the production was giving a contemporary and local setting and performed in the vernacular.

The décor for this production consists of a single freestanding structure placed up-stage centre, from which the characters appear and disappear throughout the performance. The setting is a stylised landscape and the characters are delineated using a naturalistic acting approach.