Maison Dahl Bonnema & Needcompany [Amsterdam/Brussels]

The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny

The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny
The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny

24.10 – 25.10.2008

Kinky and hallucinatory
Ricky and Ronny have a naive trust in the manipulability of individual happiness. While in the world outside the machinery of war keeps on turning at full power, these two singing characters represent a sense of contemporary life. They think they have the right to everything, and when life takes a different course they see it as an injustice which they cannot accept. They prefer to escape into a fantasy world where everything is still possible. The glamour of the imagination is maintained to the extreme. We, the audience, start to care increasingly about these characters when they find themselves thrown from an initially kinky soap situation into a hallucinatory exploration of their two minds.

In The Ballad of Ricky and Ronny – a pop opera, Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl continue their quest for the ideal combination of stage play and concert. The show premiered in the Kaaistudio’s, in October 2007, and was nominated for the Theaterfestival 08.

MaisonDahlBonnema is the name adopted by the duo Hans Petter Dahl and Anna Sophia Bonnema. These two performing artists have since 1999 played an important part in Jan Lauwers & Needcompany’s stage productions.


conceived and performed by Anna Sophia Bonnema & Hans Petter Dahl | libretto Anna Sophia Bonnema | music Hans Petter Dahl | costumes and lighting MaisonDahlBonnema | animation Jan Bultheel | production director Luc Galle | surtitling and assistant Eva Blaute | production Needcompany / MaisonDahlBonnema | supported by the Flemish authorities | in association with Kaaitheater (Brussels) & Impulstanz (Vienna International Dance festival)