The Upperworld

The Upperworld: A place between heaven and earth. Where I can strip off my own skin and be naked. A place where nothing has to, where nothing is expected, where it is quiet. A place where I can unwind and embrace my inner self. In this performance, the audience is taken on a personal quest for inner peace. A quest that involves trial and error. It is the cycle of life; being born and dying, a beginning without end. A story that everyone can make their own. This own story I want to address in each of my audiences.

The confrontation with abstract scenes in combination with different disciplines, leads the audience to question. What does this do to me, and why? Using contrasts, stimulating senses and breaking with tradition, I ask questions through music. Words carried by melodies fill this world, breathing new life into (unknown) composers. This new form of performance offers a shift within concert forms, now involving a passive audience to turn inward. A performance that continues after the audience has left the hall.


Stefanie Bruggeling


Performance coach:

Virag Dezso



Yuxin Chen (Viola)

Andreia Costa (flute)

Mirsa Adami (Piano)

Manou Schreiner (Theorbo)


Light Design:

Devon Hoopman



Rosa Klamer



Natália Serra



Mees van den Hurk



Ruben Bruggeling


Sponsored by Cross Academy Fund

De Zingkoningin

Did you know that without a microphone you can sing over an entire orchestra
sing? And you can feel your whole body vibrate when you sing a high


The two mezzo-sopranos Stefanie Bruggeling and Femke Hulsman investigate what is possible with singing is possible with the voice.
This 45-minute performance is made especially for children around 8 to 10 years old (it can also be into a performance for young adults). Stefanie and Femke take them on a quest for the voice: from the classical repertoire to the songs of today. Music that hasn’t been touched for centuries, is put in a new jacket. Because what does an aria sound like with a beat underneath? What would Mozart think of our Justin Bieber? And what does a tik tok dance look like on Handel?
Like a Clockhouse episode on TV, this performance highlights one theme from different angles.


Through interaction, humor and a bit of tragedy, children are introduced
playfully learn about classical music. The two singers create different atmospheres music, dance and stories, in which children can let their imagination free rein. The scenes invite imagination, so that the new generation can make the ancient sounds their own


Stefanie Bruggeling & Femke Hulsman


Final director:

Diede Daalman



Stefanie Bruggeling (mezzo-soprano)
Femke Hulsman (mezzo-soprano)