WORM’s Wunderful Stories #2

Fri 5 May '17

The last two weeks, WORM’s Black Hole has been occupied by some very sporty dressed people. Has UBIK resulted in a time vortex and teleported us on the set of a Madonna video clip? Are we making our own WORM aerobics video? Not at all! Club Gewalt have been rehearsing its new opera ‘Yuri.’ We went to have a look and asked Club Gewalt what they’ve been up to.

Club Gewalt is the Rotterdam based group who makes, among other things, theater plays and shows. Club Gewalt has been on the WORM stage several times before, but this time they used the Black Hole solely for rehearsing their opera. It’s a workout opera about Dutch sportsman Yuri van Gelder; you’ll remember, the guy who got busted for cocaine use and partying during an olypic tournament. They took all the elements of a classical opera and replaced those with modern elements. Don’t expect a seemingly never ending dramatic narrative about love and despair, but fluorescent outfits and modern beats in a story about ‘Icarus with a death wish.’

Some members of Club Gewalt where involved the very beginning of WORM’s UBIK existence, mainly in the development of the idea of UBIK as a creating-space. UBIK is not only a place to show works of art (performance, theater, music, visual) but also a place to create and discuss art. Club Gewalt had the opportunity to use the Black Hole for this. They don’t have their own space so when they make an opera, they need to have a space to make and rehears their show. When Club Gewalt started residing in WORM two weeks ago, they had their written script and music – but all the choreography and finetuning is done here in WORM. ‘Yuri’ is completed in the Black Hole.

Club Gewalt will perform their piece in the Ro Theater during the Operadagen Rotterdam (opera days). WORM is also a location of the Operadagen with ‘A different night at the opera’ at the 18th of May, which will take place in in the entire Avantgardistic State.