PBII - 1000 Wishes
Amsterdam Convention Factory
March 16, 2013 Amsterdam (NL)
1000 Wishes for KiKa
Sometimes I'm very privileged being a music reviewer because this way I get the opportunity to watch exclusive stage shows. This was also the case with the premier show of the rock opera 1000Wishes, a musical project that was brought to life by the Dutch progressive rock band PBII. Together with Hofstad Jeugdorkest, a symphony orchestra consisting of eighty young boys and girls, they recorded an eponymous studio album. This album was released together with a fantasy thriller written by Ronald van der Pol. Both tell the heroic adventures of a little boy who has to fight against cancer. The benefits of the project go to the Dutch foundation KiKa which is an abbreviation of Kinderen Kankervrij (Children Free of Cancer). KiKa's goal is to increase the recovery from children's cancer to 95 percent in 2025. For that purpose they raise funds for research. In front of their main sponsor everything fell into place for the first time: I wouldn't have wanted to miss that show anyway!
However, what would you do if your body refuses to attend this special event? On the one hand the flu had taken over control and in fact it should have been better to stay in bed; on the other hand I didn't want to miss this show performed by musicians who I had followed for such a long time. I had to endure the pain, the fever and my sickness just like the children who suffer from cancer. How dare I even compare my flu with this terrible disease! These children have much more to suffer than I and 20 percent eventually dies from cancer...
Act One: Sander, Eric, and his grandfather
The location for this rock opera is just perfect; the entrance to the stage has been decorated with statues of knights and other contributions that should bring the audience in the right mood. After the last visitor sits down the show begins. The first players to appear on stage are Eric and Sander, the two boys who play the leading parts.
Act Two: all's well that ends well
At the beginning of the second part of the rock opera it turns out that Eric has lost his hair as well, while Sander's life comes to an end. He has lost his fight with cancer which is visualized by seeing him behind the drums. By playing a short solo he blows his last breath which has so much effect on Eric that he wants to end his life as well. His grandfather comforts him and tells him that 80 percent cures from cancer. However, evil is lurking behind them as the black vultures enter the stage. They want Eric too, but he's stronger than those evil birds and he succeeds in defeating cancer thanks to the many chemotherapies. He celebrates his victory together with the nurses. His chain of beads gets longer every day visualized on stage by a young company of dancers. In the end his nurse Hester, played by soprano singer Nathalie Mees, tells him that he no longer has to stay in the hospital. He can go home with his parents and his grandfather, return to school and pick up the daily life he led before he got cancer.
About the musicians
This story that actually happens in the every day's lives of young children is wonderfully played by a group of talented actors and dancers. Of course, not all parts of the book by Van der Pol were played on stage, but it came pretty close by using images projected at the back of the stage. This way the adventures of Eric
Although I didn't feel well during this strong performance, it didn't mean that I couldn't enjoy it. I certainly could. This performance was a mind-boggling experience that I would highly recommend to those who like musical theatre performed by great actors, dancers, musicians and many volunteers. This performance had only one reason: to raise money and awareness for the Dutch foundation KiKa. I would like to compliment all the people involved in this production! Come and see this musical show while you still can and support the struggle against children's cancer!
See also our album review
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Perfect Day Part 1
Perfect Day Part 2
Land Of Thousand Wishes
Into The Light
Pictures 1000 Wishes by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up:(left to right)
Alex van Elswijk:
bass guitar & keyboard
Tom van der Meulen:
David van Alten:
Pieter van Dijk:
Michel van Wassem:
keyboards and backing vocals
soprano vocals, backing vocals and Nurse Hester
Marcel Geraeds:(not on picture)
Conductor of the HJO
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