The Waste Land
Amsterdam Sinfonietta & ISH Dance Collective











A century ago, T.S. Eliot wrote his revolutionary poem The Waste Land, which depicts a world full of hopelessness, on the brink of total devastation.

From the deepest depths the only way is upwards, since in an eternal cycle everything always starts all over again. In The Waste Land, performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta and ISH Dance Collective, the audience experiences the universal theme of decline and regeneration and in the end The Waste Land leaves the audience with a strong sense of hope.

Three dancers from ISH, three acrobats from Bencha Theater and the strings of Amsterdam Sinfonietta find each other and move from darkness towards the light. The performers – quite literally – run into a wall, fall down and drag themselves upright again. The Waste Land sharpens all the senses with its incandescent music for strings, acrobatic dance, mysterious visuals and unexpected twists.


Show Duration: 75min
Audience Suitability: General
Stage Size: Min 14m wide x 10m deep
Touring Party: 28

Tzu-Yin Hsu


Concept: Marco Gerris & Candida Thompson
Stage direction: Marco Gerris
Musical direction & violin: Candida Thompson
Choreography: Marco Gerris, Rachel Melief
Titus Tiel Groenestege
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Dancers: Herrold Anakotta, Tamara Robledo, Lars de Vos
Aerial acrobats: Bencha Theater (Micha Karlsson, Sarah Kooij, Kenneth Gérard)
Light design:
Mike den Ottolander
Sound design:
Rob van der Meijs
Costumes: Mirjam Manusama


The Waste Land
"The Waste Land titillates the senses and provokes thought."
De Nieuwe Muze
"A breathtaking journey"
Het Parool
"An insane fusion of strings, choreography and acrobatics"