(…..) 12+

to be presented at the Ruhrtriennale: 18 - 28 September 2019

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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.

Fuck you!


Why do we have to understand something that cannot be understood in the first place?



By the way, Queen’s song has fuck all 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 Trucs (Toben Piel, Charlotte Simon) Scenography Theun Mosk Costumes Eva Koopmans Dramaturgy Marcus Droß/Anna Wagner Directing assistance Janna Pinkser


‘(……)’ is coproduced by Theater Artemis, Künstlerhaus MousonturmRuhrtriennale 2018-2020, part of the Frankfurter Positionen 2019 and supported by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Performing Arts Fund NL.



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


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A testimony of their existence fit for all age 12 and up

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.

Jetse Batelaan uses 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.


Beautiful acting, great direction and lots of surprises. Humor and absurdism remain Jetse Batelaan's power, that never gets boring with its contrary invasions.

Brabants Dagblad

Parents, teachers and supervisors of all kinds, take all your children with you and prepare them for life by a visit to (.....).