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A show that doesn't give a shit about its own vague title

Back in a day a hairy singer sang: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” For your information, quite a cool song. But we wonder why he never got a clear answer? Is it because everyone thinks that life’s normal, that we are not allowed to ask questions? If things are so super clear, why do we feel nothing when we squeeze our arms?

Go and bully your mother, if you can’t stand doubt. But don’t bother us with your certainties.

We think.

We doubt.

In 2014 Jetse’s directed The day the parrot had to say something for himself, about a group of introverted adolescents, insecurely sheltering behind others. His approach for (…..) is totally opposite: two teenage girls and a boy are remarkably, over the top self-confident. As a testimony of their existence – and of their ability to be incredibly cool and super funny. |And ereas the titles of Jetse Batelaan usually are a mouthful, this new title is completely silent: five dots between brackets. Thanks to the fierce electrical sound of the music duo Les Trucs it has never been so noisy on stage.

“Ingenious directing to reveal a world next to reality. The performance skilfully switches back and forth between witty absurdism and existential nightmare. ”
NRC Handelsblad
“Jetse Batelaan turns the theatrical experience of teenagers upside down.”
De Volkskrant
“As cryptic as her title is, so delightfully contradictory is (...), a youth performance about watching a youth performance.”
– De Standaard


Directed by

Carola Bärtschiger
Elias De Bruyne
Willemijn Zevenhuijzen


Marcus Droß
Anna Wagner


Theun Mosk


Eva Koopmans


Les Trucs

Produced by

Produced by Theater Artemis, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Ruhrtriennale 2018-2020

Funded by

Performing Arts Fund NL & the Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (as part of the intergenerationalen Vermittlungsinitiative)

Shows abroad

8 February 2020, spleen*graz (AU)
Ruhrtriennale 2018 2020 (DE)
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)


Frankfurt, 31 January 2019