Dido Dido

DIDO DIDO, her voice shall be heard

Nicole Beutler | NBprojects, Silbersee and Ulrike Quade Company join forces to create an intimate dance opera. Inspired by the well-known opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, they bring the tragic fate of Queen Dido up close: driven from her fatherland, abandoned by her beloved.

Four singers and a dancer delve for the soul of Purcell’s masterpiece underneath the many layers of traditions and connotations. They sink their teeth into Dido’s final words: remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

Instruments from the far corners of the world breathe new life into Dido’s voice. A puppet, based on the Japanese tradition of Bunraku, springs to life. Endless repetition of Dido’s last aria has the effect of a charm as her swang song gets deeper and deeper under the spectator’s skin. Dido is not allowed to die…

Premiere: November 9th, 2017


Direction and Choreography:: Nicole Beutler
Musical direction: Romain Bischoff
Concept: Nicole Beutler, Romain Bischoff
Performers: Maya Alban-Zapata, Raphaela Danksagmüller, Arnout Lems, Michaela Riener, Tiemo Wang, Heather Ware
Puppet design and puppetry coaching: Ulrike Quade
Costumes: Jessica Helbach
Set and lighting design: Sascha van Riel
Music: Henry Purcell, Wouter Snoei en performers
Painting backdrop: Ellen Windhorst en Bas Peeperkorn
Assistent director & dramaturgie: Fabienne Vegt
Assistents puppetry: Tim Hammer, Ruben Mardulier, Suze van Miltenburg, Pluck Venema
Artistic assistant: Justa ter Haar
Technique: Martin Kaffarnik, Wouter Snoei
Puppet creator: Watanabe Kazunori
Guidance choirs: Els Mondelaers
Production: NBprojects, Silbersee, Ulrike Quade Company
With regards to: Wout van Tongeren, Hillary Blake Firestone, Natascha Young and all the participating choirs
Poster image: Corinne Mercadier, Fata Morgana, serie Solo, 2012, courtesy Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris

DIDO DIDO is supported by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds 21, VSBfonds en Fonds Podiumkunsten.


“Dido Dido is an extractively pure theatre of body, voice and breath that captivates the attention with a strong rhythm and beautiful finds.” – NRC (Joep Stapel)

“A raw but enchanting, fierce but oh so precious history, desperate and clinging to life, with words, music, instruments, people and a puppet. It touches deeper layers, it is so intense, so much to look at, to feel, to experience. So beautiful.” – Musicalnieuws

“The puppet designed by Ulrike Quade in the Japanese tradition of bunraku moves endearingly, curious and humanlike. One of the men takes her in his arms and dances around with her seemingly endlessly, tender and still.” Theaterkrant (Max Arian)

“You try watching that dry-eyed.” Volkskrant (Guido van Oorschot)

“Dido Dido is phenomenally good. Moving from start to finish, and indeed breathtaking at the end.”– El Balandre (Jordi Ribot Thunnissen)

“(…) proving that less can indeed be much much more and that finally there was no trouble, no trouble in, in thy breast. Excellent.” Arts Talk Magazine (Michael Hasted) Read more…