On Tuesday the 26th of January EYE on Art presentes a multimedia music theatre production in the form of an animated novel, based on the surrealist story of the same name by Dutch writer Belcampo (1936); a future fantasy full of medical curiosities, fusing dream and reality. “De driesprong” (2015), in the best tradition of Terry Gilliam, Walter Ruttman, Yellow Submarine’s Heinz Edelmann and Frank Zappa, is an overwhelming feast for eyes and ears.
The ruler in this story brimming with black humour has no time for dreams. The protagonist, King Wurm, outlaws all that is fantastic and wonderful in his realm and denies artists their creative rights. The people rise up against the tyrant and King Wurm loses his head. But his brain is rescued, and he is fitted out with a new and highly ingenious robotic body.
The music is by Michiel van Dijk and Jeroen Kimman, the animations are by Sjeng Schupp and the show is directed by Michael Helmerhorst. The animations are interspersed with found footage films from Michael Helmerhorst’s own film archive. His collection includes curious films from the age of the silent film to the present. The score is a blend of jazz, pop and contemporary classical music mixed with improvisation.
Performers: Jeroen Kimman (guitar/pedal steel guitar), Michiel van Dijk (reed instruments), Hans van der Meer (percussion), Sjeng Schupp (bass) and Leo Knikman (Foley artist/technique).