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Pre-shining (work-in-progress) The Moon

Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Joana Preiss, and Davis Freeman

“I am the moon

it could be that I am

more moon than

I am myself”

Collective MaisonDahlBonnema resides the last week of November in the Veem theatre space, working on their performance The Moon, an opera for 4 singers conceived as One Big Song shared and sung together. They will share their work-in-progress Friday 4 November at Veem House for Performance, before premiering at DanseFestival Barents (Hammerfest).

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

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

4 November 2016


Shining Brakke Grond:

– 30 November

– 1 December

– 2 December

– 3 December


Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Joana Preiss, Davis Freeman

Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl

Anna Sophia Bonnema

Hans Petter Melø Dahl

Minna Tiikkainen

Robert Steijn

Lieve Meeussen, MaisonDahlBonnema

Gulli Sekse, MaisonDahlBonnema

Productional assistance:
Eva Blaute

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), The Flemish Authorities & Norsk kulturråd