Bach & Bleach

June 05 - June 09, 2019


Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

Wednesday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 5PM

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]

Music performance by Esther Apituley
New York version Directed by Erwin Maas

Bach & Bleach is an ode to the power of the imagination and the power of Bach. A viola player and a cleaning lady accidentally meet on stage. Bach's emotionally profound music unlocks the imagination of the woman mopping, and shows her that she is more than what she believes to be. The performers include eight young talented musicians (a mix of Dutch and local New York top musicians), a local choir, and a New York actress as the cleaning lady.

“What a fantastic show, with charming, talented young musicians. The choir of garbage collectors at the end was a stroke of genius, and the Chaconne was played superbly.”
- Paul Witteman, NOVA (Netherlands)

"Time flew by during this enjoyable, accessible performance - mopping the floor was never so much fun."
-8 Weekly (Netherlands)

“How can I put this? I was moved - it touched my heart. I laughed and cried, and I was astonished and surprised. It was a fantastic performance. Everything was just right - the crazy musicians, the Chaconne, during which Esther snorted like a horse, and the passionate performance.”
- Hein Hansen, De Vooravond (Netherlands)

About the Artists

Artistic Director: Esther Apituley
Directed by: Erwin Maas
Text by: Ko van den Bosch
Creative Producer: Tamara Keasberry

Jenny Sterlin (actress)
Esther Apituley (viola)
Tosca Opdam (violin)
Hermine Deurloo (mouth organ)
Eilidh Martin (cello)
Ann Veinberg (piano)

About the Artists

Esther Apituley has an unparalleled ability to convey the immediacy and vitality of the classical and contemporary repertoire. Her theatrical concert make the works of the great composers accessible to a broad public. More information at


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates of this production have been moved from April to new dates in June. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.