Naomi Velissariou / Theater Utrecht
“Good evening Holland!” PERMANENT DESTRUCTION is back. Following on from their first successful theatrical concert performance The SK Concert,the pop-up band consisting of theatre maker/performer Naomi Velissariou and sound designer Joost Maaskant returns. This time presenting The HM Concert, inspired by the German playwright Heiner Müller and based on his work. The show features visuals by photographer and visual artist Jan Hoek. PERMANENT DESTRUCTION was commended by the press for its daring mix of incisive, abrasive lyrics plus a soundscape that combines danceable, poppy melodies with pounding beats. “An intense, schizophrenic theatre concert that rips apart the mind and the body” said Flemish newspaper De Morgen ★★★★. PERMANENT DESTRUCTION – The HM Concertpremieres on Saturday 18 May 2019 during SPRING performing arts festival in Utrecht (at Paardenkathedraal), after which it will tour the Netherlands and Belgium until the end of this year.
For The SK Concert,Naomi Velissariou did an autopsy on the work of the British author Sarah Kane. Processing the traces of venom, violence, and sex she found, she turned them into a concept album centred on self-hatred, heartbreak and death. In The HM ConcertVelissariou is facing another confrontation, this time with the merciless work of the German author and director Heiner Müller. She is dissecting and transforming his themes of misogyny, sexism and destructive behaviour. Naomi Velissariou has found a radical mode to express the essence, in her view, of Heiner Müller’s work. The theatrical concert is the ultimate form to present her take on the man and his work.
The HM Concertis the second instalment of a three-part post-dystopian music theatre series that does away with the taboos of visual culture today. Within this culture, emotions such as heartbreak and misogyny must be avoided because they aren’t sexy or Instagram-worthy. After all, you can’t define yourself through displays of hurt. Or can you? PERMANENT DESTRUCTION proves that fear can be tamed by honouring it, and that the weight of the world will be lifted from your shoulders if you dance to the beat of your pain.
The music in PERMANENT DESTRUCTION is a compelling rendering of a sinister message, or, as the band likes to put it “melodrama on speed”. “The setting of a live concert is brilliant – harrowing” Het Parool wrote about The SK Concert. “A steamy theatre concert. Uncompromising, brimming with life, and macabre. Her Permanent Destruction is all of these” De Standaard headline read ★★★★
“The contrast between the energetic, aesthetic form and the sinister content works wonderfully well.”De Volkskrant ★★★★
Text: Heiner Müller, Naomi Velissariou
Conceived & directed by: Naomi Velissariou
Performance: Naomi Velissariou, Joost Maaskant, Valentijn Benard, Gary Gravenbeek
Music: Joost Maaskant
Visuals: Jan Hoek
Lighting Design & Video Programming: Bart van den Heuvel
Costumes: Bibi Trompetter
Made possible by: Fonds 21, Fonds Podiumkunsten, St. Naomi Velissariou, Theater Utrecht, Likeminds, C-takt.
Campaign photography: Jan Hoek
Styling campaign photo: Duran Lantink
Hair: Hester Beek
Makeup: Joyce Clerkx
Backdrops: Guillaume Roux (Rouxcoucou)
Scepter: Benedikt Fischer
Visuals design campaign: ATTAK / Casper Herselman