From the jury report: “Director Jetse Batelaan offers Artemis and Het Zuidelijk Toneel a radical proposal for a disconnected world. He challenges the audience to relate to stories without structure, to connections lacking logic. The result is a world that is both frightening and liberating. The Story of the Story is a performance that doesn’t enlighten you, but which nonetheless gives you a lot of new insights. Batelaan, who, like no other, ruthlessly undermines what we (inside and outside the theatre) assume to be true, is doing the impossible: he is presenting a performance without direction, without structure, without story – and without glorifying it. A performance that is relevant for children, but especially for adults, who – with their flawless preference for manufacturability, systems and logic – may well benefit from this dysregulation.”
A spectacular start to the theatre season.
Of all the creators of Dutch youth theatre, Jetse Batelaan is the most interesting. This year he proved it again with The story of the story.
Batelaan distils a wonderful universe. It arises under your nose, but you only see it when you are surrendered to it: in a breathtaking final scene, in which everything comes together and represents nothing in an aesthetic way.
The wildest freethinker of the Dutch theatre has once again created an astonishing, unruly piece of philosophical slapstick.
A Spectacular start to the theatre season
The jury: ‘Waiting has never been as much fun as at The Story of the Story by Jetse Batelaan. From a primeval man to a media star, where do you stand without a story? Fascinating loose ends form the red line in a theatre experience that is difficult to narrate but which is irresistible’.