Last January 2019 in Frankfurt, Jetse Batelaan delivered (…..), for 12 and up, coproduced by Artemis, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm & the Ruhrtriennale. In April the Dutch premiere took place. However extremely vague this performance was really warmly welcomed by press and crowds, in Germany and The Netherlands.
RURHTRIENNALE, Essen 18-28 september 2019
ON TOUR till January 30th
Find the full reviews here.
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.
Jetse Batelaan turns the theatrical experience of teenagers upside down.
Ich empfehle, sich schnell zu entschließen bzw. sich unbedingt an der Abendkasse anzustellen!
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. From 30 May until 2 June The Invisible Man will be staged there. Shortly hereafter we are going to “merge into a multiverses perception on what is all there on parallel levels: It is all real” at SCHÄXPIR.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Travers Theatre 30 May – 2 June tickets
Linz SCHÄXPIR, Theater Phönix 26 June 11:00 & 15:30 tickets
Can you make a youth theatre performance about war? «Blickfelder stellt Fragen» and concluded “Das Theater Artemis find in der Produktion Krieg terminating Antworten dazu”.
Zürich – Gessnerallee Halle Holz 20 t/m 22 June tickets
Nominated for the Golden Cricket for most impressive youth theatre production
The jury: “Waiting was never as much fun as at The Story of the Story by Jetse Batelaan. From primeval man to media star, where would you be without a story? Fascinating loose ends form the leitmotif in a theatre experience difficult to retell but irresistible.” The performance competes for the Golden Cricket for most impressive youth theatre production of 2019. On 15 September 2019, the award ceremony will take place during the Gala of the Nederlands Theater.
The Story of the Story – coproduced by Het Zuidelijk Toneel – will open Biennale’s 47th International Theatre Festival, Goldoni Teatro – 22 July 6 pm tickets. Coming September we will be back in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. More shows have been planned for.
“Creator of innovative children’s theatre and not only”
The board: “Just over forty years old, director Jetse Batelaan has become established on the international scene as a singular and innovative artist, with a strong and recognizable highly personal approach to theatre. Presenting works of powerful visual impact, Batelaan reinterprets contemporary myths, creating a kind of magic on the stage that seduces even the most sceptical of spectators. Thanks to his masterful use of theatrical conventions, the Dutch director, who chooses to address his works primarily to audiences of adolescents and children, succeeds in involving people of all ages, a characteristic that is intrinsic to great popular theatre. With Batelaan, theatre for children, which is often mistakenly considered to be second-class or in a category below ‘official’ theatre, reclaims the importance it deserves and which has been acknowledged in the past, as the history of the Biennale Theatre demonstrates“.
Do you ever feel homesick and long back to the time when you were still to become somebody? Don’t worry. Our occasional shamans wander you right back to your past. Back to that eternal feeling, of tireless power and lucid naivety. After working with children for Hello Atmosphere 2017, Liesbet Swings now lets teenagers address us-adults.
Oerol Festival Terschelling, 15 (premiere) till 22 June 2019
More shows coming up in August.
In Den Bosch, two primary schools – a stone’s throw from each other – were searching for the answer to the question: “What would we look like if the whole school would be one person?” All classes involved the character slowly took shape. That’s it. He is a cheerful boy with four legs and a roof on top. But there is no one but him. Hello! Is anyone there?! Through a contact ad in the local door-to-door magazine, our boy detects someone like him. Wow. At 10 April Parade Den Bosch 11:00 everything was set in motion to make sure the meeting would go smoothly.
Together with Design Museum Den Bosch we have realized a major secret art project ‘I Like School and School Likes Me’. Between April 2017 and January 2019, ten different artists stayed at nine secondary schools – for three days and three nights. I like school and school likes me is a contemporary re-enactment of the performance I like America and America likes Mrs Joseph Beuys. Liesbet Swings sensed a striking metaphor for the tense relationship between art and education. Filmmaker Melanie Pardoel created a documentary of every performance.
To be seen until 12 May, Design Museum in Den Bosch
The re-enactment of the Show in which hopefully nothing happens by Unicorn Theatre is nominated for an OFFIE for the best production for 8 and up. The Off West End Awards “celebrate the work of independent London theatres”. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2020. It is the second Artemis production to compete, after The man who knows it all in 2017. Also the British press liked the nothing a lot (check out the reviews!).
A child-centric theatrical masterpiece that feels like Pinter meeting pantomime for the Pixar audience.
Metatheatrical two-hander that’s like Beckett for kids, only with better gags.
The kids in the audience howled in delight.
In three conversations, theatre maker Jetse Batelaan and Hester van Hasselt talk about embarrassment, about hierarchy and eureka. About how boring theatre can be, about virtuoso actors seldom mentioned in a review, about language that stumbles, about rooms full of children who suddenly all become part of what happens on stage. About panic and trust, about compromise and persistence.