Most of the time the titles of Jetse Batelaan are a mouthful. This new title is completely silent: five dots between brackets. Whereas it has never been so noisy on stage, thanks to the fierce electrical sound of the music duo Les Trucs. In 2014 Jetse’s directed ‘The day the parrot had to say something for himself‘ 14+, about a group of introverted adolescents, insecurely sheltering behind others. His approach for ‘(…..)’ is totally different: two teenage girls and a boy are remarkably, almost over the top self-confident. As a testimony of their existence – and of their ability to be incredibly cool and super funny.
At Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Jetse Batelaan delivers a new show called (.....)
A show that doesn't give a shit about its own vague title
A hairy singer long ago used to sing: “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.
Why do we have to understand something that cannot be understood in the first place?
By the way, Queen’s song has no fuck to do with our show. It’s not included. It’s only an example. Or is that not allowed anymore nowadays? Are you going to bitch at the box office afterwards that the blurb was wrong?
Go on then. So much more is wrong.
Directed by Jetse Batelaan Actors Carola Bärtschiger, Elias de Bruyne, Willemijn Zevenhuijzen Music Les Trucks (Toben Piel, Charlotte Simon) Scenography Theun Mosk Costumes Eva Koopmans Dramaturgy Marcus Droß/Anna Wagner Directing assistance Janna Pinkser
‘(……)’ is a coproduced by Theater Artemis, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Ruhrtriennale 2018-2020, part of the Frankfurter Positionen 2019 and supported by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
Premiere 31 January 2019 19:00
1 February 11:00
2 February 19:00
Dutch premiere: Festival Tweetakt, Utrecht 6 April 2019
Ruhrtriennale 18-28 September 2019
On tour until 30 January 2020