A performance about vulnerability and indifference in a big city.”


Following the successful collaboration on ‘Boxing Pushkin’ for the 2007 Pushkin Festival, Andrea Boll and orkest de ereprijs are combining forces once again. LOST&FOUND is a choreographic work by Andrea Boll with 6 dancers and a full orchestra of fourteen musicians, conducted by Wim Boerman.

For this production, choreographer Andrea Boll drew inspiration from the novel Age of Iron (1990) by J.M. Coetzee, Die Dinosaurier und das Gesetz from Gedankenfuge by F. Dürrenmatt, The terror of St. Trininan’s (1948), cartoons by Ronald Searle, and the photos Insomnia and Dead Troops by Jeff Wall.

A very normal woman… There is nothing remarkable about her. One day, she finds a homeless man on her doorstep. He is lying there in a cardboard box, wrapped up in plastic. His upper body rolled up; his legs stretched out like a marionette and his mouth open. A washed-up bit of driftwood.
‘What are you doing here?’ she asks. ‘You can’t stay here. You have to go’. The man doesn’t move and stays lying in his shelter. His eyes wander over her woollen stockings and her blue jacket, and upwards. Shy under his gaze, she tugs her skirt straight.’

In LOST&FOUND, this encounter is acted out over and over again, in different variations: absurd, senseless, violent, tender and humane, but also morally uninhibited and with no shame whatsoever. The audience is thus confronted with continually new twists, different perspectives and changing sympathies. Is the woman charitable or cold and distant? Is the homeless man a profiteer or a victim?
The music by orkest de ereprijs links up with this basic principle. Set musical themes are performed in ever-shifting variations. Discussions are being held at the moment with the composer Hanna Kulenty (born in Poland and living in the Netherlands) about a commission for a composition. It has been agreed that the musicians will not only act as accompanists, but will also be integrated in the production as performers.

Script, choreography
and direction:
  Andrea Boll
Composer:  Hanna Kulenty
Conductor:  Wim Boerman
Set design:Roos van Geffen
Light design:  André Pronk
Costumes:Françoise Magrangeas
Dramaturgy:  Frank Kaufmann
Performed by:
Andrea Beugger
Jaakko Toivonen
Peter Kadar
Audry Borthayre
Manon Avermaete
Oscar Kelsang Padrosa Alzamora

Orkest de Ereprijs

Orkest de Ereprijs is the leading orchestra for new music in the east of the Netherlands. The orchestra initiates new projects, at both local and international levels. Orkest de ereprijs is a professional orchestra that is dedicated to being an instrument for contemporary composers. This makes it an ideal partner for collaborations with other disciplines in the performing arts, which has resulted in some multi-faceted productions.

In the past 27 years, orkest de ereprijs has done pioneering work by presenting new music in many different places. Like contemporary art, new music cannot be defined in terms of one particular style. The hallmark of new music is mainly its mentality; its curiosity and courage to experiment.

The orchestra has 14 musicians and an unusual combination of instruments; mainly wind instruments, supplemented by piano, rhythm and bass guitar, and percussion. The artistic director and conductor is Wim Boerman.


Project details

  • Year: 2017
  • Project: Branding
  • Customer: Wallahia Inc.
  • Designer: Arnie Schwarzie
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