Theater Collective Aardlek

NLD (established in 2009). Operating in Zaandam

David Kuhlemeier
NLD (1973). Lives and works in Amsterdam

Jakob Proyer
AUT (1977). Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Moragh Rusch
NLD (1982). Lives and works in Haarlem.

Plaza Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad
April 4, 5, 7 p.m. April 6, 4 p.m.
2012. Performance, 45’ Creation team additionally included:
Andre Dienske, Ilse Evers, Maroljn Guldemond y / and Johan Klijn.

The theater collective was created in 2009, as an offshoot of the renowned company Warner & Consorten, after years of collaboration. The theater collective Aardlek springs from the tradition of interdisciplinary performance and uses strong visual imagery. Public spaces are their breeding ground; parks, squares, streets and urban wastelands are their set. The world of Aardlek is one of absurd logic and unusual routine which uncovers surreal and poetic visions of everyday life. The artistic team is made up of dancers, musicians, visual artists, architects and designers.

Their three new productions, Anderland (2009), Turnabout (2011), and Growth (2012) are widely toured in Europe. They have also developed site-specific projects such as Put (2010) at the construction site of the controversial Amsterdam North-South metro line and commissions for the opening ceremony of the Delft Year of Culture and the inauguration of the Cultural Heritage Agency’s new building, in the Netherlands.

With this playful performance, Growth, the company breaks apart humanity’s relationship with nature, creating a series of provocative and surprising images. In one part there is an overhead tangle of exotic vegetation, and in the next, a humorous perspective on our efforts to hold back the power of the tide.
Witty and thought-provoking, this is a completely unique, sometimes interactive experience which incorporates unexpected twists and turns along the way, which inspire reflection. The performance is simultaneously typically Dutch and also universal. It offers a critical perspective on global issues, imperialism, and colonialism.