In Di Lasso’s Tears of Saint Peter, the Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) in collaboration with choreographer Nanine Linning and costume designer Irina Shaposhnikova place Orlando di Lasso’s masterpiece in a contemporary setting. What happens to man in times of isolation, desperation and loneliness? Marijn Rademaker (former principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet) dances the role of Peter, apostle and one of Jesus’ most loyal followers. Still, he renounces Jesus. The despair and loneliness that follow in his darkest hours are brought to life in a scenic interplay between Peter and the choir, co-directed by Tido Visser and Nanine Linning. Peter’s struggle is observed and accompanied by seven singers trapped in life-sized glass columns, separating them from each other and from Peter. Who is lonelier? He who is trapped, or he who has no one to share his freedom with? How does Peter’s idealism relate to a world in which people choose self-interest over the common good,  a society where blind power reigns over moral justice? Both audience and singers become witness to Peter’s suffering. Poetic, confrontational and topical.

Netherlands Chamber Choir in
collaboration with Dance Company Nanine Linning

Peter Dijkstra chief conductor
Marijn Rademaker  dance

Tido Visser co-direction and concept
Nanine Linning co-direction and choreography
Irina Shaposhnikova costume design
Pink Steenvoorden (Einstein design) light and set design