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Dagmar Slagmolen (Via Berlin) (NL)

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Via Berlin is a Dutch music theatre companie founded in 2008. They started off as ‘Nieuwkomer’ (newcomer) at the big Dutch music theatre company Orkater. Since then, they have reached over 50.000 people with 10 different productions and have grown to be a well-known independent company.

To them, text and music, as well as the actor and the musician, are two completely equal means to convey the storyline. A continuous (classical) musical line exists throughout their pieces, and often the music even gets the leading part. The text merely gives the outlines of the story, location and characters; the choreography, images and music fill in the rest.

All of the performers on stage are both actors as musicians. This way of working creates a tight unity and an organic fusion between the two disciplines, bearing in mind that the individual qualities of the performers are preserved.
With big social and topical subjects like war, immigrants, apartheid, oppression, mortality or the consumption society as the underlying theme, the performances of Via Berlin are about intimate, personal stories within those big themes, which symbolize universal happenings.

So far, Via Berlin performed in The Netherlands, Brazil, England, South Africa, Kosovo, Russia and China.

Oerol Festival,

The Netherlands (NL)

Member of IN SITU since 2006

Terschellings Oerol Festival is an annual site- specific theatre festival held on the Dutch island Terschelling in mid-June. Site-specific theatre in barns, fields, on dunes and beaches and in the forest. Modern dance, opera, visual art, music and the various crossovers are the ingredients of a festival that uses the whole island as its stage.

Over the past 35 years, the festival has grown from a small-scale street festival into an internationally valued, multi-disciplinary festival. In 2016 Terschellings Oerol Festival takes place from 10 through 19 June. The development of new work focuses principally on theatre-makers and artists, both from the Netherlands and abroad: residencies for writing and creating new performances, co- productions and a workshop on site-specific theatre for young artists. Oerol has taken a next step in the development of the works-hop by creating Atelier Oerol. With a focus on projects from a theatre, dance, visual art and/or musical discipline, which lead to innovative location-specific projects.

As a location theatre festival, Oerol has been operating for years on the line that separates culture and nature; theatre as a layer of imagination over the landscape.

Every year, human intervention takes temporary shape, in the form of shows, visual projects and musical performances in the countryside. But Oerol is increasingly the place for developing artistic projects that enter into a long-term dialogue with the countryside; interventions and additions to the landscape that last. The festival is now developing this laboratory function, for artistic creation in the landscape.

Founder and Creative Director : Joop Mulder

General Manager : Siart Smit

Artristic Director : Kees Lesuis