About OFF Night #1

OFF Night #1 – Man/emotion/sin

Pride, greed, lust, jealousy, gluttony, anger and sloth. The first OFF Night is dedicated to the deadly sins. In addition, we reflect on the power and role of art.

The seven deadly sins play a central role in the eponymous music theatre work by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. They are also given a modern interpretation in seven new performances by spoken word artists.

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, winner of the International Booker Prize 2020, opens the evening, which further reflects on the power and importance of art.

The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht is a razor-sharp piece of musical theatre that, in director Ola Mafaalani’s interpretation, explores new avenues. With Dutch star soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, actress Anna Drijver and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Erik Nielsen) in the spotlight. This performance can be watched via a one-time live stream, broadcast directly from our theatre.

Seven spoken word artists
Opera Forward asked seven spoken word artists to create short performances with the seven deadly sins as their starting point. Suehaylee, Stryder, Lev Avitan, Danny X Kuiper, Isis van Geffen, Manu van Kersbergen and Houda Bibouda delve into the seven deadly sins of today.

Live programme
We also present a live programme, during which we’ll be talking to Eva-Maria Westbroek, Ola Mafaalani and Anna Drijver, among others.

Furthermore, during OFF Night #1 you can enjoy various musical performances and stimulating talks. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates on the programme!

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