Commissioned by Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Festival de Lucerne, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
With the support of Nederlands Kamerkoor, Ammodo, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Score editors: Boosey & Hawkes
The sky may very well have turned blue
Or painted itself red
I walk behind my pain
And it carries your name
With Blank Out, the Dutch composer, Michel van der Aa pushes back the frontiers of opera. Starting from the works of the South-African poetess Ingrid Jonker he invents an artistic language where music, theatre, 3D cinema and digital technology are mixed together. During the course of a dialogue which reunites a mother and her son over time, the distinction between reality and virtuality, between past and present progressively lose their sense. Certain memories come back to the surface revealing a long suppressed truth. Presented for the first time in France, Blank Out is an immersive experience which redefines the notion of "total art" in the XXI century.