WHAT DOES 'TOGETHER' SOUND LIKE?
It's party time! Whoop whoop! You hop, jump, stumble and whoops, you plunge your face into a pie. You get up, wipe the whipped cream from your eyes, and… then you see a whole new world. Music fills your ears, and it's coming closer. Four musicians are playing happily, hoppingly and stumblingly. Together, they are celebrating, because they’re together!
The newly founded Oorkaan Ensemble consists of four musicians from all corners of the world, combining different cultures and musical traditions. The music they play becomes the story they tell. Whoop (s)! takes you on quite a journey, starting and ending, like all great stories: at the party!
On stage: The Oorkaan Ensemble
The four musicians of the Oorkaan Ensemble receive intensive training in acting techniques from the Oorkaan performance trainers, to become performers of the Oorkaan method. The standard of musical and theatrical performance is exceptionally high, and the boundary between musician and actor is blurred. The audience will not be able to tell whether it is an ensemble of actors or musicians.
Behind the scenes
Caecilia Thunnissen, stage director and artistic director of Oorkaan since 2015, sees her mission as creating the best possible conditions for ‘total performers’ to flourish in the performing arts. For Oorkaan, she has directed Laat me met rust! (2017) with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Muzikale Catwalk (2017), Romeo & Juliette (2018) and Tarantula and the Dance of the Animals (2018), with musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Caecilia was asked to create a children’s production for the 100th anniversary of the Salzburger Festspiele, the world’s most renowned festival of opera, music and theatre. Schräg/Strich, in collaboration with the Beija Flor Quartet, will be premiered in Salzburg, Austria, in May 2021. caeciliathunnissen.com
director Caecilia Thunnissen
concept Yorick Stam
scenography Morgana Machado Marques
musicians an inclusive ensemble of various
instruments and musicians
Oorkaan has a dual mission: to introduce as many children as possible to classical music, and to break open the West-European canon of classical music. Oorkaan refers to the result as ‘global classical music’.
The Dutch Council for Culture about this ambition:
The council values the strong motivation manifested by the plan – to create a broad programme and free up the traditional structure of music movements. The term ‘global classical music’ does justice to a more inclusive canon, in line with today’s society.
The Oorkaan Ensemble will be presented in Oorkaan’s 20th anniversary year. It is a long-cherished dream come true – a sublimation of everything we have built up with regard to artistic and performance style over the past 20 years. It is the proverbial cherry on the anniversary cake.
As soon as we are able to hold auditions, we can get down to forming our ensemble. We expect to be able to do so safely in the spring. The premiere will be on the 9th of January 2022, with a pre-premiere in December 2021.