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Michel van der Aa


Michel van der Aa’s Eight receives world premiere at the Holland Festival

21 May 2019

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Michel van der Aa’s new virtual reality installation, Eight, receives its world premiere at the Holland Festival on 4 June 2019. Van der Aa created his unique work in collaboration with set designer Theun Mosk and virtual reality company The Virtual Dutch Men, with music performed by singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke and the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

Eight tells a woman’s poignant life story in reverse chronological order. Visitors, equipped with VR glasses and headphones, move one by one through an installation. They can manipulate physical and virtual objects and meet the woman at various crucial moments in her life.

This is the first production of van der Aa's doubleA Foundation, which aims to support the production and touring of new and existing works that stretch the boundaries of music theatre, opera, concerts, audio-visual exhibitions, digital art, multimedia and film. Another notable highlight for van der Aa this season was the world premiere of his string double concerto, akin, performed by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta at the Kölner Philharmonie in May 2019, followed by its Dutch premiere at the Concertgebouw the same month.

Eight runs at the Holland Festival until 23 June. Watch the trailer below:

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