• Noorderzon: Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
      Burt Turrido. An Opera

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  • After many a years we can at last welcome them back. Since first performing at Noorderzon and other festivals in Europe beginning in 2006, the idiosyncratic Nature Theatre of Oklahoma have built an international reputation. This new production, Burt Turrido. An Opera is their very first ‘opera’ – if you go so far as to call it that. Written in New York during the first wave of coronavirus and lockdown, it playfully reflects on the uncertainty of life, unforeseeable and distorted as if seen via a funfair mirror. Burt Turrido, our ‘hero’, is not exactly having the time of his life, having been shipwrecked, enslaved and then imprisoned. Of course, being an opera, the tragedy doesn’t end there… A catastrophic storm ensues, an immaculate conception, a murder, a ménage à trois, a mock execution, a birth, an alien invasion …. until – of course! - someone gets gored by a narwhal. Burt Turrido. An Opera is a fantastical and hilarious absurdist dream for realists and surrealists alike.

    One of the most innovative theater companies in New York… Nature Theater seeks to unearth something that approaches beauty, or at least a fresh, strange kind of entertainment.” – The New York Times

    Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
    Nature Theatre of Oklahoma is a New York award-winning art and performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, founded in 2004. With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves and the audience - working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role - whether as spectators or as participants in the work. Nature Theatre of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live. 

    Burt Turrido. An Opera is a Noorderzon co-production.


    Text & direction  | Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska 
    With  | Gabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Bence Mezei, Kadence Neill 
    Set/Light Design | Luka Curk 
    Music  | Robert M. Johanson 
    Costume design  | Anna Sünkel 
    Dramaturg Künstlerhaus Mousonturm | Marcus Dross   
    Dramaturg Schauspiel Frankfurt  | Katja Herlemann 
    Production Manager Künstlerhaus Mousonturm |  Anne Kleiner 
    Sound design | Leon Curk, Daniel Groß 
    Set Design Assistant to Luka Curk  | Nastja Miheljak 
    Set Design Assistant Schauspiel Frankfurt  | Hanna Marlene Schnell 
    Production | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a. M.), Schauspiel Frankfurt, Nature Theater of Oklahoma  
    Distribution | Something Great 
    Coproduction | Wiener Festwochen, Festspillene i Nord-Norge (Harstad), Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Espoon Kaupunginteatteri, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts and Society (Groningen), Zürcher Theater Spektakel

    A commission by Frankfurter Positionen, an initiative of the BHF BANK Foundation Funded by German Federal Cultural Foundation, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege as part of the project series UNLIMITED II promoting exemplary positions in the contemporary performing arts 

  • Prices
  • Normal: €15
  • Location
  • Benedenzaal (downstairs)
  • Duration
  • 225 minutes, break included

  • Language
  • English with Dutch subtitles

  • Ticket sales
  • Tickets will be sold online through the Noorderzon website. The current availability of tickets is shown there.