Holland Festival officially opened

2nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The 64th edition of the Holland Festival was opened in the presence of Queen Beatrix in the Amsterdam Music Theatre on Thursday.

The opening act was the multidisciplinary performance Mea Culpa created by German director Christoph Schlingensief who died last year. He wrote the opera after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. It was to become his last work, intended as a ‘social sculpture of his own disease’ about life and mortality, about pain, fear and anger.

The opera contains numerous references; to the figurative art of Joseph Beuys and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The musical ranges from Wagner to Roy Orbison. The performance of Mea Culpa, produced by the Vienna Burg Theatre, and other works by Schlingensief are intended as an homage to the artist, who died at age 49.

The Holland festival will last until 26 June, and takes place in a number of different venues across Amsterdam. The festival comprises a total of 58 productions and more than 150 performances.

Artistical Director Pierre Audi said that in putting together the programme he did not allow himself to be influenced by the impending budget cuts and deliberately did not avoid taking risks. As the theme for this edition of the festival he chaose the struggle between order and chaos. “The continued existence of art lies in the need to reflect humanity’s dilemmas. Art without risk and debate is art which has lost its purpose.”


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