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From 25 September to 11 October, a mixed-reality opera installation will cast a spell over visitors to the Ehrenhof at Herrenhausen Palace.

You wear VR glasses and headphones, and you’re alone in a darkened room. A woman appears and reaches out her hand to you. Music starts. The woman begins to sing.
Eight, which the composer and director Michel van der Aa has developed with the singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, is a breath-taking fusion of music-theatre, virtual reality and visual art. The most up-to-date technologies are used as never before to create a completely new artistic experience. To experience Eight is to move for 15 minutes through a range of fantastical scenes without leaving the real space.
As if in a dream, Eight tells the story of a woman’s life. As an old woman she takes the visitors back into her past. They enter her memories, in which she appears as a young woman. They hear a-cappella voices, while the surrounding landscapes change. Finally they encounter an eight-year-old girl, familiarly close. At the end of the journey there is silence.
Eight is a look into the future, not just of music-theatre. In overwhelming images we experience an imaginary past in which the flow of time is reversed.

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Event(s): 28.09.2020 to 11.10.2020
from 12:00 to 19:00 o'clock

Schloss Herrenhausen

  • Herrenhäuser Straße 5
  • 30419 Hannover
14,00 Euro plus fees reduced rate 7,00 Euro plus fees
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The show can only be visited after booking of a slot and ticket availabilities at the box office and can only be experienced by one person at a time. It takes 15 minutes. There is an introduction. Visitors should be at the entrance 15 minutes in advance.
Eight is not recommended for people with claustrophobia, heart diseases, back complaints, a history of seizures, epilepsy, and/or sensitivities against blinking lights, as well as children below the age of 12.