The Book of Water is a chamber music theatre project based upon the novella Man in the Holocene by Swiss author Max Frisch. The work centres around the character of Geiser, a 73-year-old widower, who is dealing with memory loss.
In the adaptation of Frisch’s book by Michel van der Aa and dramaturg Madelon Kooijman extra focus is given to the continuous rain and flooding isolating Geiser in his house. These dangerous weather events link the work to the current topic of climate change. Not only is Geiser’s mind eroding; the landscape is also crumbling away, since the rainstorms raging outside are causing landslides and flooding. The Book of Water is a chillingly beautiful portrait of a man who is surrounded by erosion, nature’s and his own, and who struggles for one last moment of clarity in which to make sense of himself and of civilisation.
Cast and team
Narrator/Geiser (live) – Samuel West
Geiser (film) – Timothy West
Corinne (soprano, film) – Mary Bevan
Composition, director, script – Michel van der Aa
Dramaturgy – Madelon Kooijman
Light design – Bart van den Heuvel
Costume design – Judith de Zwart
Director of Photography – Joost Rietdijk nsc
Film producer – Arjen Oosterbaan | Eastbound Films
The production is designed with a quick technical set-up and breakdown time in mind. We’re aiming for a set-up on the day of the performance itself, with a pre-rigging on the night before. The stage elements will be built from the ground up, there’s no need to fly parts of the set or screens from the trusses or a fly bar system.
One extra musician is needed to perform the ‘doubleA player’ software from a laptop within the ensemble. doubleA player triggers the electronic soundtrack and starts the film clips. We will provide the full set, including the screens. The presenter is asked to provide a light set-up, sound system, and the video projectors. The technical rider is available upon request.