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ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE — discover season 22–23

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE — discover season 22–23

During the 22–23 season, stories take the lead in the Concertgebouw! Dance and music eagerly draw upon existing stories, declare them dead or bring new stories to life. Stories blow in from all over the world. They also fly out from our terracotta walls, because as Shakespeare wrote: 'All the world's a stage.' Ready to open our book?
Jeroen Vanacker, artistic director

'Narratives inspire artists to draw from many different sources: mythological epics, religious icons, folk sagas, topical issues, etc. But inspiration for their creativity is also to be found on the street, where every passer-by is the central character in his or her own story.'

'Narratives inspire artists to draw from many different sources: mythological epics, religious icons, folk sagas, topical issues, etc. But inspiration for their creativity is also to be found on the street, where every passer-by is the central character in his or her own story.'

Five new Masterpiece Weeks

Our mission to bring you five masterpieces from five different centuries each season continues unabated. Masterpieces you have to hear live at least once in your life are flanked by background information, in-depth context activities and performances that make those masterpieces even more lustrous. This season you can cross Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony and Adriaan Willaert’s Musica Nova off your bucket list. And did you know that with a Masterpiece Season Ticket you won’t have to miss a single note? Highly recommended!

Katrien Van Eeckhoutte, general manager

'A story that is constantly growing and branching out requires a variety of narrative points of view. Perspectives can coexist and alternate, without us having to wonder which viewpoint is 'the right one'. Therein lies the beauty of our story: it has a polyphonic aspect that encourages listening, sharing and opening the mind to other perspectives.' 

'A story that is constantly growing and branching out requires a variety of narrative points of view. Perspectives can coexist and alternate, without us having to wonder which viewpoint is 'the right one'. Therein lies the beauty of our story: it has a polyphonic aspect that encourages listening, sharing and opening the mind to other perspectives.'