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Christmas of the future according to Pynarello

opera by author Marjolijn van Heemstra and music by Bach and Bezemer
  • Sat 17 Dec ’22
    20:15 - 21:30
    doors open 19:00
    Jurriaanse Zaal

An optimistic concert about faith in human strength

Pynarello and writer and theater maker Marjolijn van Heemstra present SciFi Christmas, a theatrical concert about the Christmas of the future. They play brand new music by composer Boris Bezemer (1992), in combination with centuries-old work by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). Marjolijn van Heemstra will read out loud. How will we celebrate the winter solstice in two hundred years? A lot will change, but what remains is a celebration of birth, new beginnings and hope. SciFi Christmas is a theatrical concert about our inability and failure, but above all about the belief in human strength.

In SciFi Christmas we look back from the year 2200. A Christmas Eve in which our own Christmas still echoes, but brand new sounds can also be heard. The sounds of a world that lived through disasters, and of a humanity that had to realize that eternal growth does not exist. We celebrate the beauty of shrinkage and decline, which we mistakenly view as negative.

Boris Bezemer writes his music for a wonderful Pynarello line-up: string quintet, tuba, trombone, contrabassoon, bass clarinet, percussion and Hammond organ with leslie speaker.

Marjolijn van Heemstra and Pynarello
Pynarello and Marjolijn have worked together before. In 2018 they developed De mass van Pynarello, about light and darkness. In 2021 they created the musical performance Voyagers together, about memory, time and extraterrestrial life.

“This story needs both old and new music. A reference to the front and back in time. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the plan to work with Boris. Where I look for the words for a first form of the new Christmas, he looks for the sounds. But both are supported by the power of tradition, because nothing stands alone.' - Marjolijn van Heemstra

‘In his conjuring music, Boris Bezemer is looking for a balance between structure and coincidence. He often knows how to evoke a complex sound with simple basic materials.' - November Music


music by J.S. Bach and Boris Bezemer | Marjolijn van Heemstra libretto


Pynarello | Marjolijn van Heemstra narrator