Songs at the end of the world

- a concert -

“Antarctica is the last place you fall down when you shake the earth and nowhere else you will stick.”

Inspired by the documentary Encounters at the end of the world from Werner Herzog.

There is a little town on the South Pole, called McMurdo. In this town you find scientists, divers, biologists, but also ex bank employees and other particular people. Why did they end up in Antarctica? What was the story of their lives before they came to this land of ice and silence? They work and live here. There is one coffee bar and one grocery shop.

We started from our own biographies. We searched for the alternative life we also could have lived. We imagined that at some point in our life we decided to go McMurdo. Because we longed for the snow we had in our youth and we believed in close communities where our parents failed in the past and we lost loves and never got over them, not even on Antarctica and we were wondering at what moment in our life nature left us and we wanted it back and we wanted to be the activists and the specialists and the divers to understand what is happening to our world and we also wanted to find the nearest disco and listen to the sound of the seals.

Together with the musicians of Touki Delphine we created a biographical concert. The story of how we ended up on the South Pole is told in 10 songs.

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • David Corel
  • Wine Dierickx
  • Rik Elstgeest
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Bo Koek
  • John van Oostrum
  • Marleen Scholten

Dramaturg

  • Willem de Wolf

Design

  • Maarten van Otterdijk

costumes

  • Rebekka Wörmann
  • Roos Smith

Producer

  • Wunderbaum
  • Veenfabriek / Touki Delphine

coproduction

  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg
  • Theaterfestival Boulevard

Photography

  • Sofie Knijff (campagne)
  • Fred Debrock (scenes)

Past dates

  • August 2011

    19

    Lowlands
    Biddinghuizen (NL)

  • August 2011

    08

    De Parade
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2011

    07

    De Parade
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2011

    06

    De Parade
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • June 2011

    01

    Stadsschouwburg
    Utrecht (NL)

  • May 2011

    24

    Stadsschouwburg
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • May 2011

    22

    Scouwburg Kunstmin
    Dordrecht (NL)

  • May 2011

    21

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2011

    18

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • May 2011

    17

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • May 2011

    13

    Parktheater
    Eindhoven (NL)

  • May 2011

    10

    Theater aan het Vrijthof
    Maastricht (NL)

  • April 2011

    08

    Theater aan het Spui
    Den Haag (NL)

  • April 2011

    07

    Theater aan het Spui
    Den Haag (NL)

  • March 2011

    29

    Leidse Schouwburg
    Leiden (NL)

  • March 2011

    23

    Toneelschuur
    Haarlem (NL)

  • March 2011

    22

    De Veste
    Delft (NL)

  • March 2011

    18

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2011

    17

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2011

    16

    Monty
    Antwerpen (BE)

  • March 2011

    04

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • March 2011

    03

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • March 2011

    02

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

“And then, things start to swing irrepressibly. […] The cooperation between actors group Wunderbaum and Touki Delphine’s musicians has found a terrific expression. […] Imaginative and evocative.”
De Volkskrant

“A fragile, poetic ode to pluck up the dare to dream […], scintillating, sparkling chemistry between theatre and music.”
Knack.be

“Magical underwater wonderland.”
NRC

“Like a theatre gift. […] a boiling thermal spring, full of promises for something new.”
De Standaard

“Songs at the end of the world is above all a pop concert […] All the songs are equally enjoyable and equally well played and sung. Country, pop and techno pleasantly tumble over and after each other, and the fun of making music theatre together, undulates from the stage.”
Trouw

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