Part 3 of a trilogy of operas. About putting profit before morals, the Dutch East India Company and today.
Update July 2020: with great pleasure we can now share the two films that premiere at Oerol's Imaginaire Eiland (Imaginary Island), as interim alternative for our physically canceled Kaapdiegoeiekoop:
Update June 2020: Great news! It looks like we are still able to show a part of the show. From 15 to 19 june, check out Oerol's online Imaginaire Eiland (Imaginary Island). We'll 'be there' too!
Update in relation to Covid-19: The sad news has reached us that, after the cancellation of Festival Karavaan, Oerol Festival too will not take place in its original form and timeframe. We feel for the people working to prepare these festivals, as this decision must be tough upon them. For Silbersee, Gouden Haas and Nederlands Kamerkoor, this means that Kaapdiegoeiekoop will not be performed this season. We are looking into the possibilities for this production to still take place in the future, and will reach out to you as soon as we know more. Until then: take good care of yourself and those close to you.
[text for the original production]
An oil tanker is wrecked off the coast of a desert island, and the captain – the only survivor and perhaps the only crew member – is washed ashore, covered in oil.
The ship is filled with a cargo of filthy, toxic, polluted oil that is forbidden in Europe and destined for the African market. It has foundered because safety regulations have been flouted to cut costs.
The Dutch East India Company, the VOC, had a saying meaning 'you've got to spend money to make money'. This shipping disaster, this scandal, has been borne of greed. It is the heritage of the Golden Age, the heyday of Dutch colonialism.
On the island, the captain is visited by his demons, his loved ones, hallucinations and illusions, witnesses and accomplices. By CEO Mr Shell, the Minister of Trade, the Insurer, the Environmental Activist, the 'Native', the Eye-Closer, the Motorist.
Battered by his experiences and his own evidence, the captain wonders if he really wants to be rescued, or whether it would be better for him to disappear into the ocean like the leaking, polluted, stinking oil.
Kaapdegoeiekoop is spoken, rapped and sung in a modern version of 17th-century Dutch, in an attempt to capture the Golden Age in the language of the great Dutch poets and playwrights of the age, Vondel, Hooft and Bredero.