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Die Zauberflöte / La Flute Enchantée



Opéra de Rennes, France



The amazing journey of Doctor Faust


The Theatre Director



The amazing journey of Doctor Faust

 


The amazing journey of Doctor Faust

 


Die Zauberflöte / La Flute Enchantée



Die Zauberflöte / La Flute Enchantée



Die Zauberflöte / La Flute Enchantée


 


Le 66! / The Castle in the Air



Le 66! / The Castle in the Air



Bastien & Bastienne


Bastien & Bastienne


Bastien & Bastienne


Bastien & Bastienne

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'Music and Marionettes'

The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre offers you a variety of programmes: well-known opera's as well as 'hidden treasures'. The poetic and visual approach appeals to a wide audience: adults and children (8+), opera-lovers and fans of the marionette theatre. Audience: up to 800 people.


* Die Zauberflote / La Flute Enchantée

     opera by W.A. Mozart
* The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
     'pasticcio' with music by:
      Gounod, Offenbach,  Wagner, Marenco and Hervé
* The Castle in the Air (Le 66!)

     opera-comique by J. Offenbach
* Bastien & Bastienne
     first opera by W.A. Mozart ('pastoral)

* The Theatre Director (Der Schauspieldirektor)
     short comic opera by W.A. Mozart

The AMT is unique in its close collaboration with musicians. On tour, we perform either with operasingers and chamber orchestra (playing on period instruments), or with recorded music (also on period instruments). Six puppeteers manipulate the large, wooden marionettes.
The tradition of the European classical marionette theatre blends in a natural way with fresh and original concepts of production and design.

On tour in Europe, the AMT performed in Avignon, Moscow, Milano, Naples, Köln, Dijon a.o. in opera houses, theatres, concert halls, churches and castles.
Our programs can be performed in several languages.

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If you would like more information,
please contact us:
Frederieke Cannegieter, artistic director
info@marionettetheatre.com
00-31-20-6208027
www.marionettetheatre.com


* Die Zauberflote / La Flute Enchantée
     opera by W.A. Mozart

The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre presents Mozarts most famous opera: Die Zauberflöte (La Flute Enchantée). In the fairytale atmosphere of the classical marionette theatre, the wooden actors take the audience into a world where magic lives on.

Mozarts "The Magic Flute" belongs to a theatrical genre called 'magic opera' which was invented in the 18th century by Anton Stranitzky, the director of a puppet theatre. Mozarts opera was created to be performed in an intimate theatre and not for the huge opera theatres as we know them today. A performance by the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre brings back something of the intimacy of the first performances of this opera.

The Magic Flute is an exotical adventure; a classical story about the struggle between good and evil. Astory from the world of imagination inhabited by princes, princesses, dragons and exotical birds. Unfortunately this beautiful world is threatened by intrigues, jealousy and vanity. But most of all it is ruled by the extraordinary strength and power of love...

A performance for both adults and children (7 years and older) of approx. 2 hours (interval included).
Six puppeteers manipulate the large, wooden marionettes in their silk costumes.
The performance is either accompanied by musicians and singers (German or French version) or by CD (German version). Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the language is no great barrier. The performance could also be provided with overhead titles.
Production and design: Hendrik Bonneur
Conductor: Vaughan Schlepp

PRESS REVIEWS
[...] A Zauberflote full of emotion
CORRIERE DELLA SERA

A marionette theatre of world-wide reputation, a standard within the genre (..) This mise en scene is fairy-like and shows to full advantage the humour as well as the esoteric and profound dimensions of the opera.
LE PAYS MALOUIN

[...] The audience gave an ovation for the invisible puppeteers and the ingenious poetic setting of Hendrik Bonneur
LA MARSEILLAISE

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longer video: on request


* The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
     'pasticcio' with music by Gounod, Offenbach,
     Wagner, Marenco and Hervé

All these old and dusty books... they cannot inspire Doctor Johannes Faust any longer. He is longing to discover and fathom the world, to experience everything with his whole heart and soul. He turns to the world of Magic and makes a deal with the devil. Mefisto will be his guide on his exciting journey through time and through the continents. Casperl, Fausts servant, doesn't share his masters existential doubts at all. He himself is a happy man: all you need in life is good food, a drink now and then.
An exciting adventure full of magic, humour and a touch of filosophy.

Most people connect the old story of Faust who sells his soul to the devil to the famous work of Goethe. But long before Goethes time, the historical figure of Faust appeared in folk puppetry. Since the late Middle Ages, many puppeteers made their own version of the Faust story. The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre created a new play, inspired by the original puppet versions.

Music by both famous (Wagner, Gounod) and 'forgotten' composers (Marenco, Hervé) plays a central role in the drama. This 'pasticcio' is binded together by means of a small instrumentation: original Erard piano, Debain harmonium and percussion. These three instruments allow us to focus on 'des Pudels Kern': the musical signature which these diverse musical themes all share. With earlier productions (a.o. Mozarts Die Zauberflote), the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre showed how with a small ensemble and original instruments, the intimacy of both music and marionettes blend together.

Poetic music theatre for both adults and childeren (10 years and older) Length of performance 1 ¾ hours (interval included) Five puppeteers manipulate the large, wooden marionettes and the ingenious moving objects and sets. On tour, the performance is either accompanied by musicians and singer / actors or by a specially made CD. Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the Dutch language is no great barrier. The performance could also be provided with overhead titles.
Production and design: Hendrik Bonneur
Text: Frederieke Cannegieter
Conductor: Vaughan Schlepp

PRESS REVIEWS
[...] A dark tale brightened in a remarkably humorous way with vivid detail. The observer is soon seized by the illusion and the humour of the performance.
8WEEKLY

[...] The classic Faust-story is a miracle, presented from a clear, well thought-out artistic concept and performed by experienced puppeteers, musicians, artisans and lighting crew.
WP / WORLD OF PUPPETRY

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longer video: on request


* The Castle in the Air (Le 66!)
    / Le Chateau en Espagne

     opera-comique by J. Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach wrote 'Le 66!' (The castle in the air) in 1856 for his own small theatre, a wooden auction hall at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Kings, merchants and artists visited the 'Bouffes Parisiens'. Here he presented his favorite repertoire: the genre primitief, a naieve and merry theatre.

The story is about Jeannot and Jeannette, who are on their way to Paris. They earn their living with dance and song. When they meet a pedlar who displays his products, Jeannot can no longer resist the temptation. He buys a lottery ticket to be able to buy all these beautiful things. As it turns out he has become a millionaire, he seems to lose not only his dear Jeannette, but also his ideals...

A performance for both adults and children (6 years and older) of approx. 1 1/4 uur (interval included).
This performance could be combined with a lively musical programme based on other work of Offenbach: Vive Offenbach! (20-30 min.).
The performance is either accompanied by musicians and singers (German or French version) or by CD (Dutch version). Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the language is no great barrier. The performance could also be provided with overhead titles.
Production and design: Hendrik Bonneur
Conductor: Vaughan Schlepp

PRESS REVIEWS
Offenbachs joyous music inspired the marionettes of the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre, with a sensational performance as a result. The wooden actors took the audience to a dreamworld filled with humour and passion.
LA REPUBLICAINE

[...] Director and designer Hendrik Bonneur succeeded in presenting 'Le 66!' by Offenbach as both a melancholic and refined opera [...] Le 66 is a perfect opera, in which all elements blend together. [...] A performance to enjoy; the miracle of a theatre form that appeals to our imagination has been fully realised.
NRC HANDELSBLAD

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*Bastien & Bastienne
     first opera by W.A. Mozart

Mozart wrote 'Bastien & Bastienne' at the age of eleven. It is amazing how with his moving aria's and duets he brings to life the pangs of love of the young shepherds Bastien and Bastienne.
A pastoral play in which - of course - all sorts of animals (birds, buterflies, sheep, dogs...) play their part.

A performance for both adults and children (6 years and older, depending on language). The performance takes approx. 1 1/4 uur (interval included).
This performance could be combined with a lively musical programme based on Mozarts letters and his early work: The young Mozart / Le jeune Mozart (20-30 min.).
The performance is either accompanied by musicians and singers (German or French version) or by CD (German version). Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the language is no great barrier. The performance could also be provided with overhead titles.
Production:Hendrik Bonneur
Design: Filippo Sanjust
Conductor: Vaughan Schlepp

PRESS REVIEWS
Sensational guest performance
The guest performance by the Amstedam Marionette Theatre may well be called sensational. For a full house Hendrik Bonneur and his theatre brought back to life the glory of the old days. The 'encore' with the young Mozart at the clavier was enchanting and got a thunderous applause from the enthusiastic audience.

KOLNISCHE RUNDSCHAU

A marvellous performance was given of Mozarts "Bastien & Bastienne" in the castle at Sully-sur-Loire. More than 600 people could hardly suppress their cries of amazement when the curtain went up and they saw the living marionettes which gave Mozarts pastoral play so much charm. Mozartlovers could fully enjoy the instrumental ensemble and the voices of the singers who impersonated the young shepherd, the shepherdess and the old magician.
(Festival de Sully-sur-Loire)
LA REPUBLIQUE

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* The Theatre Director (Der Schauspieldirektor)
     short comic opera by W.A. Mozart

Mozart wrote 'The Impresario' ('Der Schauspieldirektor') in 1786 for a festive banquet at Schloss Schonbrunn, Vienna.
The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre made a special adaptation of this play, in which Mozart himself pulls the strings.

'The Impresario' is set behind the scenes of an opera theater in Mozarts time. Two 'prima donna's' are having a fight for the main role, in the name of high art and for the benefit of the honoured audience. Mozart himself sets in motion a surprising outcome...

A performance for both adults and children (10 years and older). The performance takes approx. 1 1/2 uur (interval included).
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The performance is either accompanied by musicians and singers (German) or by CD (Dutch version). Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the language is no great barrier. The performance could also be provided with overhead titles.
Production and design:Hendrik Bonneur
Conductor: Vaughan Schlepp

PRESS REVIEWS
Mozart and the astonishing marionettes
In the Della Palma Theatre: a little victory for the marionette theatre from Amsterdam. The quality could both be found in the singers, who had beautiful voices which were suitable for the parts, as well as in the visual aspects thanks to fascinating miracles. This all led to great enthusiasm of the audience.

IL GIORNALE DI NAPOLI

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If you would like more information,
please contact us:
Frederieke Cannegieter, artistic director

info@marionettetheatre.com
00-31-20-6208027
www.marionettetheatre.com