EUPHORIA by Julian Rosefeldt withdrawn from the Holland Festival

Euphoria has been withdrawn because of the ongoing situation in Ukraine. It is intended to include it in the 2023 Festival.

With a heavy heart, the Holland Festival is forced to announce that Julian Rosefeldt’s spectacular film installation Euphoria will not come to Amsterdam in June 2022.

For the 75th edition of the Holland Festival, the world premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s new film installation, Euphoria, was planned as a jubilee screening in the festival programme. Rosefeldt previously appeared in the festival with the successful Manifesto (2017), with actress Cate Blanchett. Because Rosefeldt, who lives in Berlin, has been collaborating with a Ukrainian film crew in Kiev for a long time, the current, deeply tragic situation there has had an impact on this production.

Due to the increasing threat from Russia, the filming was cut short shortly before the outbreak of the war. As a result, this production, which requires enormous preparation, will not be completed in time for the Holland Festival in June. The producer, The Park Avenue Armory in New York, has unfortunately had to cancel the installation for the upcoming Holland Festival in consultation with the artist. The intention is to show Euphoria in the Holland Festival in 2023.

Euphoria is about the rampant consumerism in our society. In music and film, proponents and opponents of capitalism are given a platform, and both the ‘euphoric’ and the destructive side of consumerism are made tangible. The world premiere of this installation could be visited in the Central Market Hall for seventeen days, in a 90-minute ‘loop’.  

In this spectacular new film installation, texts about economics and capitalism are spoken and sung in a performance by acclaimed international actors, dancers and 150 singers of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The whole is whipped up by celebrated contemporary jazz drummers including Terri Lyne Carrington and Steve Gadd. In his installations, including the successful Manifesto (2017), Rosefeldt processes existing texts from literature, politics and pop culture, among others, and brings them to life in a new context. For Euphoria he uses texts by, among others, Donna Haraway, Karl Marx and Ayn Rand, who shed light on capitalism from different angles.