or how nature came back to life


Premiere March 20, 2022, Festspielhaus St. Pölten (AT)


Beavers are the best builders. They build beautiful musical instruments and sturdy dams. But if the climate changes, even a beaver dam cannot cope with it.

And so it can happen that on a remarkably warm spring day, Noah and his beaver family are suddenly attacked by beastly weather. The water rises quickly, the dam breaks in half and Noah is carried thousands of miles down the stream. Only days later, when the rain stops, he manages to come ashore. And there he stands face to face with a landscape he has never seen before. There are houses everywhere, the bottom is made of stone, he hardly sees a tuft of greenery. There is waste everywhere, plastic blows through the streets, not a bird, not even an ant is to be discovered.

But Noah wouldn't be Noah if he didn't roll up his sleeves. He plants a tree. He builds a lodge. And soon more and more animals are crawling out of their hiding places to help Noah. One appears to have an idea how they could purify the dirty air musicalwise, and another how they could generate energy while dancing. Don't you want to join them?

Noah, the (almost) last Beaver is a theatrical concert about the consequences of the contemporary climate confusion and a musical search for inventive solutions to turn things around. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy assists Noah with his composition the 3rd Symphony in A Mol, opus 56 ("Scottish").

Beaver © Eran Alboher

Screenshot © Tonkünstler Wien

Credits Cast & Crew

Teaser © Florian Hackspiel

Eleventh elephantastic children's concert


Premiere November 27, 2021, WDR Funkhaus, Cologne (DE)


All astronauts on board? Our expedition into the infinite of the universe is about to begin. 3, 2, 1 - lift off! And off the ground they are: elephant (Elefant), rabbit (Hase), Anke and André, on their way to the farthest stars and planets - accompanied by galactic music by the WDR Funkhausorchestra.

Anke Engelke and André Gatzke have been discovering the world of music together with elephant and rabbit and the WDR Funkhausorchestra since 2011. Each year they focus on a different sound theme, such as the musical animal melodies in the concert Something animalistic (Tierisch was los) and classic party hits in Birthdayparty (Geburtstagparty). This season they will play around music in space. Space (Im Weltraum) is a theatrical concert for the little ones to marvel, listen and to participate.



Photo livestream © WDR

Credits Cast & Crew

"Beam me up, Scotty!" With Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock we set off in the spaceship Enterprise and discover the unknown parts of the universe. Get on board and travel with us, Anke Engelke, Andre Gatzke, the WDR Funkhaus orchestra, conductor Enrico Delamboye and Elephant.

 Video © WDR Cologne

The entire concert Space (Im Weltraum), the 11th concert of the elephant, can be watched here: https://youtu.be/fHFIaqWDUWE.

 Video © WDR Cologne

The entire concert Space (Im Weltraum), the 11th concert of the elephant, can be watched here: https://youtu.be/fHFIaqWDUWE.

At the request of the WDR and the WDR Runfunkchor, Annechien develops and directs 2 video clips, which will be recorded in the monumental Karl von Bismarcksaal of the WDR Funkhaus. The women's choir brings the famous song The Rose by Bette Midler. The men's choir will sing the Scottish national anthem Loch Lomond, the melody of which will sound all too familiar to Cologne football supporters, since the hymn by football club FC Köln Mer stonn zu dir is based on this.

Both video clips will be released on the You Tube channel of the WDR Rundfunkchor.

Loch Lomond

Screenshot © WDR

Credits Cast & Crew

Concept, Direction, Video- & Lightdesign © Annechien Koerselman

Video © WDR Rundfunkchor Cologne

"Loch Lomond" is a Scottish traditional, a folk song. The beautiful shores of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Scotland, are celebrated. A male ensemble of the WDR Rundfunk choir sings this beautiful song in an arrangement by J. Quick. The work was recorded on August 24, 2021 in the WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz.

Music theatre about Fast Fashion


Premiere June 30, 2021 (Winterkaravaan), De Drukkerij Alkmaar (NL) / August 07, 2021 (Karavaan Festival) Former Primark Alkmaar (NL)


The festival celebrates the end of the year in the museum environment of the old "Printing House" and shows gems of theater created by a new generation of theater makers. Two adventureous collections have been put together, each consisting of 3 theater performances. Wasteland, made by Sannah Aukes, Esther de Haas and Márin Kroon (Collective Trojka) is part of the Blue Collection. They graduated from ArtEZ's Music Theater in 2019 and are now creating their first performance together. At the request of the Winter Karavaan, Annechien will coaches the three performers, which have the following in mind:

One is part of the festive opening of a new fashion store. The store you've been waiting for. Always up-to-date and full of the latest trends for the lowest price. There is music, there are bubbles and snacks. There are speeches, there is a show, you will be surprised; an ode to fashion! Theater makers Esther, Márin and Sannah are examining their own relationship with clothes and the fashion industry. Knowing that you can 'do better' but then not follow suit? Is that laziness, is it about the financial benefits? And then: do we deal with this feeling of guilt or do we state it is enough, looking away is not an option anymore. A musical deluge on the catwalk!

Wasteland Winterkaravaan 2020 @Emil de Jong

Photo © Emil de Jong

Credits Cast & Crew

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