- Premiere Year 2013
This coproduction of Hotel Modern and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble depicts the rise and fall of an insect empire, inspired by Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'. In this powerful and poetic reimagining of Wagner's violent world of treachery, power struggles and strangled love, spectacular lifelike insects marionettes take the roles of gods, goddesses and giants.
While the Netherlands Wind Ensemble play their adaptation of this dramatic opera like lives depend on it, Hotel Modern fill the stage with magnificent landscapes populated by praying mantises, dung beetles and ant colonies.
A dazzling vision of this insect realm, where the cruel laws of nature come to life in their purest form.
"The combination of those handycrafted artists from Hotel Modern and the musicians of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble is a dream come true. Together, they have created a cleverly constructed piece in which music brings the animal realm to life." (Trouw)
"Hotel Modern ingeniously present a grand narrative on a small scale. [...] And so we see again that their power lies in the ability to evoke disproportionately grand emotions from the most humble materials." (Volkskrant)
"This is not simply a film with background music, or a concert accompanied by imagery. Here, the video, the actors and the musicians are all equally prominent. [...] This is true 'Gesamtkunst', a compound of artistic disciplines that Richard Wagner keenly advocated." (Cultuurbewust)
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