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Total duration 1 h 10 min
no intermission
3 performances
4.2.2017 – 8.2.2017
Almi hall
40/20 €
Performed in English
Tekstitys suomeksi, ruotsiksi ja englanniksi

A ground-breaking chamber opera

Blank Out pushes operatic boundaries taking the art form to a next level. Nova is proud to bring the opera to Finland so soon after its world premiere, already hailed as historic.

As in his other works, composer Michel van der Aa continues to break with tradition, mixing disciplines and media to create uniquely structured works. ‘Blank Out’ is based upon the life and work of Ingrid Jonker. Sometimes described as the “South African Sylvia Plath,” Jonker was a brilliant poet who wrote against the apartheid regime, but whose traumatic and troubled life led to her suicide at 31 in the sea off Cape Town. ‘Blank Out’ uses the intersection of live action, 3D video and electronical music to explore the nature of memory and the effects of trauma.

Musica Nova Helsinki: Blank Out

Following a traumatic event, a mother and son try to piece together her fragmented memories. They both look at their lives from different positions. But who is watching who?

Musica Nova Helsinki: Blank Out

Soprano Katherine Manley appears on stage accompanied on film by the baritone Roderick Williams, and on the work’s electronic soundtrack by the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

Michel van der Aa: Blank Out

Meet the composer van der Aa

We will organize a pre-performance talk on 4th February at 18.45–19.15 in Almi Hall Foyer before the premiere of the Blank Out. Composer Michel van der Aa will be interviewed by the festival’s Artistic Director André de Ridder.

Free entrance, welcome!

Creative team

Musica Nova Helsinki: Blank Out

Libretto and director Michel van der Aa
Dramaturgy and assistant to the director Sophie Motley
Lighting design Floriaan Ganzevoort
Technical director Frank van der Weij

Katherine Manley, soprano
Roderick Williams, baritone (on film)
Netherlands Chamber Choir (on film)

This production was realized on behalf of Dutch National Opera. Blank Out is part of the programme of the Opera Forward Festiva.

Musica Nova Helsinki

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Afternoon Tea

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