Whirly Girls

in collaboration with Renske Vrolijk

In the show Whirly Girls, four new compositions focus on influential women during the period of 1900 – 1950. Whirly Girls: a vibrant mixture of live sound, video, electronics, theatrical elements and expressive New Music!

“Combative women as central theme in thrilling show… pioneers in art, aviation, emancipation, the weapons industry… explosive, driving music… fascinating images… a veritable barrage of information… a brilliantly constructed production”

De Volkskrant: 4 stars for Whirly Girls


A short compilation from the project WHIRLY GIRLS: “one show – 5 new pieces – inspired by 5 groundbreaking women”. ELECTRA in collaboration with Renske Vrolijk. Sound: Micha de Kanter. Video: Diederik de Jong. Recorded in the Ostadetheater, Amsterdam (NL). Music by Renske Vrolijk, Vanessa Lann, Michiel Mensingh, Lucas Wiegerink

Tour dates

See ELECTRA in action at these venues in a town near you!


Check out ELECTRA’s vocalist Michaela Riener in a 6-minute preview of Whirly Girls. Excerpt of a two-part composition about Amelia Earhart and Hanna Reitsch. Music & film: Renske Vrolijk

The women

Emmeline Pankhurst, who fought for women’s right to vote. Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon for all the American women who worked in factories in 1942-1945. Gertrude Stein, who played a central role in the Parisian arts scene & pilots Amelia Earhart and Hanna Reitsch, who both broke records in the field of aviation.

The composers

The four composers have a strong affinity for the instrumentation and sound of ELECTRA, and are inspired by this new collaboration to further expand the boundaries and common ground between different genres. All works are written for ELECTRA

The music

Lucas Wiegerink – Shame!

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928) and the fight for women’s right to vote

Michiel Mensingh – Guns ‘n Rosie

Women in the American war economy

Vanessa Lann – Micro-föhn or Witches, Words and the Wind

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) – writer and philosopher

Renske Vrolijk – Whirly Girls

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) and Hanna Reitsch (1912-1979) – aviation pioneers

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