Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam

May 31, 2008 at 1:11 am Leave a comment

While in Amsterdam in March I was lucky enough to see the backstage of the Muziektheater.  Skoopy has been there twice on tour and her friend kindly took us around the building.  It is the biggest and most impressive theatre I have ever seen.  The stage and backstage area are equipped to move an entire set, including a floor, upstage or off stage and could in theory have 4 entirely different full-sized sets being used in rotation.   Here are the few pictures we took.  We didn’t want to take too many as people were working a load-in.

electrics from above:

electrics from above

multi-cable roller in the grid:

multi-cable roller in the grid

electrics:

electrics

the very top:

the very top

extra equipment:

extra equipment

That night we saw the Nederlands Dans Theatre.  It show was both beautiful and funny and I can’t come up with a description to do it justice.  Skoopy and I were embarrassed to be running late.  The usher slid us into balcony seats just at the lights were dimming.  We enjoyed the first act from upstairs and moved down to our seats at the break.

clip from Fluke:

I will remember Fluke as one of the top five best shows I have ever seen — along with Mary Zimmerman’s Pericles, Stephen Wadsworth’s Don Juan, and the now-defunct small Boston company Beau Jest Moving Theatre’s The Last Resort.  Hmmm, that just makes four.  I’ll have to think about the fifth.  Probably the production of King Lear I just had the pleasure of seeing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

my ticket:

my ticket

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