The Netherlands Opera maintains a constant high standard with innovative stagings of familiar works as well as contemporary opera. The artistic director Pierre Audi is in demand all around the World. The young opera composer Michel van der Aa received great international acclaim following his opera After Life which was based on the film with the same name by Japanese director Kore-Eda. Orkater, a contraction of the Dutch words for orchestra and theatre, is a musical theatre company that has been performing for thirty years and regularly tours abroad, most recently with The Prefab Four and Novecento. Additionally, the Netherlands distinguishes itself with its stimulating small-scale musical theatre scene, with companies such as M-Lab, Yo! Opera, De Veenfabriek and Caecilia Thunnissen’s TIS.