In the early 20th century! The avant-garde seeks to revolutionize art as well as life! And the manifesto becomes the preferred means of communication. It is fragments of these manifestos along with poetry and prose from those years that are interpreted, visually and musically, in MANIFESTO.

In the early 20th century the world saw an artistic Big Bang ejecting a profusion of concepts and materials that have since constituted the background for our modern cultural universe. New movements such as Futurism, Dadaism, Suprematism and Constructivism disregarded the romanticism of the past. In their manifestos the representatives of these movements proclaimed themselves the standard-bearers of the avant-garde revolution. The tone was poetical and self-promoting. The establishment was always unequivocally opposed. The former generations and former art movements were phoney and outdated.

The texts are presented in six different original languages by four singers/players and at the same time projected into the scenography in translation as a kind of fellow players or opponents. Music, stage action, choreography, computer animation, video and stage lighting have been synchronised to such an extent that the audience experiences a unity even without the traditional progressive narrative with recurrent characters. 

The musical drama MANIFESTO is the work of the Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin and Jacob F. Schokking in close collaboration.


Libretto: Manifestos and related texts from the early 20th century
Score: Rolf Wallin
Direction/Set Design: Jacob F. Schokking
Conductor: Rolf Gupta
Soprano: Rolande van der Paal
Actor: Ardo R. Varres
Mezzo-soprano: Gerrie de Vries
Tenor: Mikhail Seryshev
Percussion: SISU: Bjørn Skansen, Tomas Nilsson & Marius Søbye
Keyboard & computer: Per Magnus Lindborg
Light design: Peter Plesner
Computer graphics: Arhur Steijn
Video: Jens Tang
Producer: Traudi Christensen
Production: Holland House

MANIFESTO is supported by The Kulturbro 2000 Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Development Foundation of the Danish Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Norway, The Norwegian Composer Foundation, The Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, The French Embassy, The Portuguese Embassy, The Italian Embassy, The Belgian Embassy, The Russian Embassy, The Russian Cultural Centre, The Italian Culture Institute, The Goethe Institute in Copenhagen, Norsk MIC, Vester Kopi, S-tog