Zes danseressen in lange oranje jurken

TWOOLS at the opera

TWOOLS 12 takes place during Operadagen Rotterdam. For this edition, the fixed concept is being turned upside down: Whereas in previous TWOOLS editions the choreographers were given complete freedom to create a work - as long as it lasted no more than ten minutes - TWOOLS At The Opera is a total concept by Hans Tuerlings. He calls it an "Opéra de Danse".

Within it, Ed Wubbe, Loïc Perela, Lucas Jervies, Alessandro Perreira and Tuerlings himself provide a total of twelve choreographies. In an interview with dance critic Marcelle Schots, Wubbe says that he finds it exciting to use a different approach, but that it can also be liberating for the choreographers to surrender to a fixed concept: "Because the preconditions are known, you have to be inventive in a different way. That opens the way to other ways of thinking. TWOOLS At The Opera must deliver a performance that would not otherwise come about'.

Tuerlings is writing his dance opera to music by Puccini, Verdi, Bellini and other (Italian) composers. The show revolves around the passion for dance. The story in brief: a choreographer discovers that one of his dancers finds herself more beautiful than nature. This shocks him. To restore order, he plots a dance murder, to make room for new dance. The story of the murder of Julius Caesar is an important source of inspiration.

Sherida Lie dances the connecting role. Visual artist Hans Wap designs the stage set and Pamela Homoet designs the costumes - her red dressing gowns for the dancers are frequently seen in newspaper photographs.

Dance Europe calls TWOOLS At The Opera "a fruitful marriage between dance and arias" (Ali Mahbouba).


Hans Tuerlings

Hans Tuerlings, Ed Wubbe

Hans Tuerlings, Ed Wubbe, Loïc Perela, Lucas Jervies, Alessandro Pereira

Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Georg Friedrich Händel, 
John Corigliano, Vincenzo Bellini, Francesco Cilea, Guiseppe Verdi

Stage design
Hans Wap

Costume design
Pamela Homoet

Light design
Benno Veen with the choreographers

Drie personen, waarvan 2 mannen in smoking met een stok
Drie vrouwen in lange zwarte jurk met mond open alsof zij schreeuwen


 - Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana - Gli aranci olezzanno

Covent Garden Philharmonia Orchestra
choreography: Lucas Jervies

 - Giacomo Puccini - La Fanciulla Del West - Ah! ... Ah! ... Urrah! Ragazzi

Coro E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala

choreography: Ed Wubbe

III - 
Georg Friedrich Händel - Ariodante - Scherza Infida
Bayerische Staatsoper o.l.v. Ivor Bolton
Ann Murray
choreography: Ed Wubbe

IV - 
John Corigliano - The Red Violin - Anna’s Theme
Esa Pekka Salonen, Joshua Bell & The Philharmonic Orchestra

choreography: Alessandro Pereira

V - 
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma - Casta Diva

Adam Fischer & Cecilia Bartoli
International Chamber Solists & Orchestra la Scintila

choreography: Loïc Perela

Giacomo Puccini - La Fanciulla del West - Ch’ella mi creda

Placido Domingo

Coro E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala

choreography: Hans Tuerlings

VII - 
Pietro Mascagni - Cavallerina Rusticana - Intermezzo Sinfonico
Covent Garden Philharmonia Orchestra

choreography: Ed Wubbe

 - Francesco Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur - Ecco: Respiro Appena

Kiri Te Kanawa

choreography: Lucas Jervies

IX - 
Guiseppe Verdi - Il Trovatore

Placido Domingo, Rosalind Plowright

St. Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus.

choreography: Ed Wubbe

X - 
John Corigliano - The Red Violin -  - Chaconne for violin and orchestra
Esa Pekka Salonen, Joshua Bell & The Philharmonic Orchestra

choreography: Hans Tuerlings, Loïc Perela & Lucas Jervies

XI - 
Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula

Maria Callas

choreography: Alessandro Pereira

 - Intermezzi

text & choreography: Hans Tuerlings