Inspired by the discourse of Peter Sloterdijk en Slavoj Žižek, the director Wouter Van Looy and video artist Wim Catrysse examine the way the global crisis is being handled.
Muziektheater Transparant and ChorWerk Ruhr. Co-production: Opera Dagen Rotterdam, MAfestival, Ruhrtriennale, B’Rock Orchestra and Escautville. With the support of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF).
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Composition: Heinrich Schütz • Nikolaus Brass • Text: Paul Verrept • Concept: Wim Catrysse • Concept | Direction: Wouter Van Looy • Musical Direction: Florian Helgath • Bart Van Reyn • Scenography: Wouter Van Looy • Wim Catrysse • Peter Quasters • Video: Wim Catrysse • Lighting Design: Peter Quasters • Costume Design: Johanna Trudzinski • Sound Design | Organ: David Van Bouwel • Vocal artist: Phil Minton • Lute: Wim Maeseele • Vioala da gamba: Lies Wyers • Choir: Chorwerk Ruhr
Nevertheless, or perhaps precisely for this reason, these intense 75 minutes - which pass in a flash - are by far the best contribution to the music-theatre genre at this year’s Ruhrtriennale.
Andreas Falentin - Die Deutsche Bühne - 22 September 2016
The Ruhrtriennale’s ‘Earth diver’ is a multimedia performance of simple means and breathtaking power. … and you get an experience so visceral, so engrossing, that it is almost too much to bear. … Muziektheater Transparant, a team which despite 20 years of success in the business can still make work that looks young, fresh, rebellious and urgent.
Shirley Apthorp - Financial Times***** - 23 September 2016
The beautifully performed songs of Heinrich Schütz and the pared-down text by Paul Verrept strike even harder when combined with Wim Catrysse’s harsh film images and Nicolaus Brass’ strange sound landscape.
Els Van Steenberghe - Knack Focus **** - 14 August 2017
'Earth Diver’ is of a desolate, chilling beauty, where heavy and earth are interfaced, while offering a terrifying insight in this wonderful phenomenon called Man.
Theaterkrant NL - 18 May 2018 *****