Stephanie Pan

Soselo in Siberia – Rosa Ensemble & 33 and 1/3 Collective


New interdisciplinary opera in collaboration with 33 1/3 Collective and Eefje de Visser, about borders, love and Stalin.


Soselo in Siberia is a fairytale. A fairytale with an unhappy ending – if it in fact has an ending at all…

A girl named Margarita meets a boy named Soselo. The fall madly in love and get married.

At first, they are happy, as young couples should be. But then, after a while, Soselo begins to change. He turns into a dictator – a cold-blooded tyrant who bears no resemblance to the young man Margarita fell in love with. She can no longer live with this – nor with him – and decides to put an end to her life.

As punishment for committing the Sin of Sins – taking her own life – she is sentenced to forced labor in Siberia: to build a highly efficient industrial town. Margarita travels through vast tundras and icy snowfields, gets trapped at a border post that constantly moves and suffers from nightmares caused by Soselo…

She finds that even death can not set her free from the grip of the dictator.

Soselo in Siberia is a multimedia performance by 33one3rd Collective and Rosa Ensemble about borders. Borders between past and future. Between reality and illusion. Good and evil. Hatred and love. Life and death. The starting point for this performance is Soselo: the pseudonym of a young poet, seminarian, tenor, womanizer and bank robber Iosif Vissarionovitsj Dzjoegasjvili.


Video and projections | 33 ⅓ Collective
Music | Jeroen Kimman, Daniel Cross

Rosa Ensemble:

Nora Fischer, Eefje de Visser, Stephanie Pan | vocals
Floris van Bergeijk | guitar
Koen Kaptijn | trombone
Peter Jessen | double bass
Daniel Cross | percussion
Diamanda Dramm | violin
Ainhoa Miranda | clarinet

Kevin Walton | voice over
Marcel Veneboer | technique
Rob Peters | audio recordings

Lieke van Hoogenhuyze | dramaturgy
Thomas Koopmans, Paul Matthijs Lombert | sound technician
Jules van Hulst, Douwe Dijkstra en Coen Huisman | images

Performances include:

[2015] Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, NL

[2014] Opening performance – Opera Days Rotterdam, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, NL (Premiere); November Music 2014, Den Bosch, NL


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