On 20 and 21 May at Festival a/d Werf, Braun presents two choreographed sketches of The Alien
featuring the meeting of the alien and the young boy Haba. Matti Braun
develops his project The Alien
as a series of stages in which elements of dance, acting and music are
explored and framed within the context of Braun’s wider practice.
Inviting the composer Li-Chuan Chong and the Kantele player Timo
Väänänen to come to the Netherlands to compose the music for the play,
the first public performance of the music took place at the Lloyd Hotel
in April, 2005.
Concept: Matti Braun
Choreography: Henrietta Hale
Music composition: Li Chuan Chong
Kantele players: Anna-Karin Korhonen
Actors: Beth Healy – The Alien, Mees Jongema – Haba, the boy, Joris
Link – Mohan, the journalist, Nathalie Zonnenberg – Kalyani, Mohan’s
wife, Felix Janssens – Devlin, the engineer, Roos Gortzak – Bajoria, the
entrepreneur, Lily van Ginniken – Haba’s grandmother, Astrid Schumacher
– Sarkar, the homeopath, Joris Brouwers – Govinda, the peasant, Zhana
Ivanova – Pramanick, the postmaster, Sander Meijers – Battacharji, the
Hindu priest, Jelle Bouwhuis – Biswas, the Christian priest, Jo’o
Guerreiro – the Sadhu.
The Alien is a project by Matti Braun
, initiated by The Showroom/Kirsty Ogg, and is a co-production of If I Can't Dance, Project Arts Centre, and The Showroom.
Special thanks to: Aileen Healy, Marten Jongema, Sanja Mitrovic,
Grant Watson, Boost (Amsterdam), Lloyd Hotel (Amsterdam), Imperium
(Leiden), BQ Gallery (Cologne).