Freedom Festival 2023

Instant Loneliness

Via Berlin

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Hull Truck Theatre

30 Aug - 19:30

31 Aug - 19:30

1 Sept - 19:30


Instant Loneliness 

This city is home to hundreds of thousands of people.

And all those people are bubbling over with millions, if not billions, of dreams.

And somewhere along the way, most of those countless dreams run aground.

That’s not a bad thing. On the contrary, suppose all dreams came true, and became realities. A catastrophe.

Of all those hundreds of thousands of people with their billions of unfulfilled dreams, many feel deeply inadequate and lonely.

What are we to do with that mass grave of expectations?

How can a person learn to cope with loss, disappointment and loneliness?

Instant Loneliness is a musical theatre production that takes us from loneliness to connection. A remarkable guide leads you through a landscape of dreams to an intimate musical concert of life, performed by eight cellists, an actor, and a dancer.

For fourteen years, the Dutch musical theatre ensemble Via Berlin has been mounting unique productions about burning social issues, interpreted through profoundly moving images, music and choreography. Instant Loneliness is the final instalment of Via Berlin and Cello Octet Amsterdam’s Instant trilogy, in cooperation with the Dutch dance studio Korzo.

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Concept                                   Via Berlin & Cello Octet Amsterdam

Director                                   Dagmar Slagmolen & Pim Veulings

Composer                                Kate Moore

Choreographer                        Pim Veulings

Music and performance          Cello Octet Amsterdam

Dance and voices                    Pedro Ricardo Henry & Dagmar Slagmolen

Design                                     Dieuweke van Reij


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