Untold tales of gynoid heroines
HEROPERA is an improvised, ‘ad-lib’ performance deconstructing the opera medium and challenging traditional ideas about heroism and storytelling. Sparked by speculative fiction and rooted in various disciplines, TRICKSTER plays around with the cultural and visual codes of opera, practising the relational, the messy, the spontaneous, the unpredictable. Instead of tragic heroines who sacrifice or annihilate themselves, this opera stages five women who can conjure up something on the spot, and are not afraid of not knowing (yet). Non-heroism and the unseen therefore also earn their spot in this collective 'work' (operare). While venturing into a post-normal future, all TRICKSTERs are collaboratively and simultaneously the actors, singers, writers, scenographers, composers and technicians of this show. TRICKSTER is a performance collective of five artists trained in various disciplines (theater, music, visual arts, scenography) and currently consists of Nina Boas, Barbara Ellison, Nathalie Smoor, Trinks and Mariëlle Verdijk. Since 2008, TRICKSTER has been making audacious, unpredictable but often poetic performances based on improvisation, in which the audience is taken along in the search for that magical moment of creative synergy.
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