Theatre

Novembernacht (2018)
Composition and production

Scenario: Lyzette Havinga
Lyrics: Petra Visser
Compositions: Gijs van Winkelhof

On November 3 2018 the musical Novembernacht opened. The musical tells the story of Laila and Samir; two Syrian children who have fled from their country as a result of the war. The children build a new life in the Netherlands and when they reach an age when important choices have to be made, their search for themselves and each other begins. During the story the contrast between our Western problems and the war children is highlighted. Novembernacht is produced by the Dutch Junior Musical Academy.
Gijs van Winkelhof: “Composing the music for this musical has been an incredible experience. One of the challenges was to study traditional Syrian music. It resulted in a show with many different music styles, but my biggest mission for the music was to move the audience in some way.”

Work in progress

Indiana en de vuurtempel (2017)
Composition and production

Scenario: Lyzette Havinga
Lyrics: Petra Visser
Composition: Gijs van Winkelhof

Musical filled with excitement and adventure.



“In het water”  

Alice in Anderland (2015)
Composition and production

Scenario: Lyzette Havinga
Lyrics: Petra Visser
Compositions: Gijs van Winkelhof

On May 23 2015 the musical Alice in Anderland of the Dutch Junior Musical Academy premiered. This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s well-known story is inspired by the film by director Tim Burton.
Alice often has the same nightmare as a little girl. Her father teaches her not to be afraid and that it is important to keep believing in your dreams. When Alice is bigger, she forgets his words and a miraculous search begins for who she really is, in which she is always bothered by that scary nightmare. How does this work out? Alice in Anderland is an exciting story about daring and dreaming, growing up and finding the way.
Gijs van Winkelhof: “The music has a mysterious and dark atmosphere. Some songs are big and others very small and intimate. The song ‘Dromen’ is a personal favorite of mine. Petra Visser made an English translation of this song; ‘Dream Out Loud’. We recorded this song together in the studio and released it in June 2016.”

“De witte koningin”

Michiko (2013)
Composition and production

Scenario: Lyzette Havinga
Lyrics: Petra Visser
Compositions: Gijs van Winkelhof

The story of Michiko tells about Japanese girls who are being trained to become a Geisha. It’s a long and difficult road. We follow Maro, a little girl who has a hard time at home but can possibly change her life in the Okyia; the school where she is being trained to become a Geisha. We see Maro grow up in three phases and this turns out to be anything but easy, luckily she has help from butterfly Cho.
A story that starts in the streets of Kyoto, where she and her three sisters and brother do their shopping and her attention is caught by a beautiful butterfly. Butterfly Cho dances through the past and present and shows a story about growing up and flying out.
Michiko is the first self-created musical of The Dutch Junior Musical Academy. Artistic leaders Lyzette Havinga and Petra Visser signed for the script, the lyrics and the direction. For the music, composer Gijs van Winkelhof was added to the creative team.
Gijs van Winkelhof: “Right before I started to write the songs for Michiko I performed in Japan twice, at the Suntory Hall and Yamaha Hall in Tokyo. I experienced the beauty of the country; the nature, the culture and the sounds. It inspired me to write music to transport the audience to the Land of the Rising Sun.”



“Het gevecht” 

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