1984 live on tour by New European Ensemble

26th October – 10th November.

New European Ensemble presents a live tour of 1984 the Netherlands. The performance with actor Boris van der Ham and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who lends his collaboration on image, is based on the iconic book by George Orwell. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an award-winning new ensemble piece inspired by the novel that carries the performance. The 1984 premiere will be on 27th October in the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, followed by a tour in The Hague, Leiden, Groningen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Enschede.

1984 and current affairs

Artistic director Emlyn Stam: “1984 is more topical than ever. Through music and storytelling we express a story that takes place completely in the now. Privacy issues, self-determination and the urge of leaders to move more and more towards totalitarian states. The roles of Edward Snowden and Boris van der Ham in combination with Kerem’s music make the vulnerability and danger of this material tangible in an impressive way. It’s not for nothing that Kerem’s composition won ‘Best Original Score’ at the London Film Awards in May 2021”

Tour dates for 1984 

26th October – Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam (school performance)

27th October – Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam – Première

28th October – Amare, Den Haag

2nd November – Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden

3rd November – Spot/Schouwburg, Groningen

8th November – Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch

10th November – Muziekcentrum Enschede