We produce music - theatre, opera & art installation events

Lighting Design by Jan Wawrzyńczak – Photo by Ann E. Wulff

Foundation IHOS Amsterdam is a performing arts company with an international reputation for its critically acclaimed, original music-theatre works. IHOS (IHOS or ‘ἦχος’ is Greek for ‘sound’) create striking contemporary operas that blend voice, dance and sound with installation art and digital technology.

Productions are striking theatrical spectacles, blending voice, contemporary dance and sound with visual design, installation art and technology.  A strong sense of the bizarre and the colour of cultural diversity characterise the operas.  The use of unconventional industrial venues heightens their ‘other worldly’ atmosphere.

Constantine Koukias

Artistic Director

Days and Nights with Christ 1990, To Traverse Water 1992 & 95/6, MIKROVION (Small Life – 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life)1994, The Divine Kiss 1997/8, Tesla – Lightning in His Hand 2003, and most recently The Barbarians 2012, inspired by Constantine Cavafy’s famous poem Waiting for the Barbarians, commissioned by the Museum of Old & New Art.

In 1996 IHOS created PULP – An Industrial Opera commissioned by the Australian Paper Mill to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Burnie pulp mill.  The project was later cited by the Australia Council as a national example of excellence in community arts in the 1997. This commitment to large-scale community projects continued in 2001 with Sea Chant, an historical community opera staged on a merino sheep stud near Triabunna as a major attraction of the inaugural Ten Days on the Island Festival.

Recognised internationally as a pioneer in its field, IHOS productions have included recitals in small, intimate venues to vast multi-form productions set within industrial sites such as Hobart’s Princes Wharf Shed, the Burnie Pulp Mill and Melbourne’s Victoria Dock.