The Arrival of Mr. Z
Composer Meriç Artaç is inspired in her work by real people she observes on the street. For The Arrival of Mr. Z. she invented five different musical characters based on these kinds of encounters. A baritone struggling with depression, a flute that offers protection and a bass clarinet, played by David Kweksilber, who is weighed down by fear. They come together in a search for their creator, Mr. Z. What happens when five completely different characters meet? And why are they desperate for their creator?
Artaç developed this opera during her two-year trajectory as artist-in-residence at the Dag in de Branding Festival in The Hague. By collaborating with a new generation of stage personalities, she creates theater in which music and movement predominate. She uses this to address issues about faith, philosophy of life, ideals and power. Do they have a connecting function? Or do they pose a threat? The Arrival of Mr. Z. reflects on the field of tension between the individual and the collective.
Joep Stapel attended the world premiere for NRC on 13 November during the Dag in de Branding festival in The Hague. He gave 4 stars: "In addition to the beautiful design, excellent execution (...), this was due to Artaç's music: alternately lyrical, powerful, visual and atmospheric."
Funda Müjde - voice (Funda)
Brigitte van Hagen - soprano (Gece)
Jussi Lehtipuu - baritone (Rudan)
Felicia van den End - flute (Zizos)
David Kweksilber - bass clarinet (Yori)
Julia Pallanch - vocals and tap dance (Korke)
Robbrecht van Cauwenberghe - bajan
Meiyi Lee - percussion
Robin Veldman - violin
Anna Jurrian - viola
Harry Broom - cello
Meriç Artaç - concept and composition
Sjaron Minailo - concept development and direction
Maarten Warmerdam - lighting plan
Lidwien van Kempen - decor
Patricia Hofstede - costumes