Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni
Theatre becomes more sexy, urgent and topical. As a result of this, a big theatre-company like NNT stages productions which are relevant for a broad and modern audience. About people who try to find a hold and structure in a chaotic world. Exciting performances which make new connections between art disciplines, between art and the world, between makers and audiences and audiences mutually. In Groningen and other theatres through the Netherlands where NNT performs, places are created where audiences feel at home and part of the making process, even though they just as often get shaken as comforted.
Theatre can’t exist in a social vacuum. It needs to do something with all changes around itself. Actually it has to leave doors wide open to let these developments in, to make new connections and engage with audiences about social changes.
''A WTF-experience filled with theatre, dance and music.’’
NNT is collaborating with Club Guy & Roni and Asko Schönberg K(h)AOS since the beginning of 2017. In addition there are two new artistic leaders: Guy Weizman and Julie Van den Berghe.
Guy Weizman: ‘’We are working on making a new home. A home where we are going to make theatre in a new way, in nowadays language. To get some grip on our complex world.
It is an interdisciplinary house, but because some people get scared by that word, we call it Theatre Plus: performance + dance + music. It results in a WTF-experience which will shake you all over.”
Artistic leader Julie Van den Berghe operates next to Guy. “The interdisciplinary search shouldn’t lead to a weird, tasteless soup. Actors stay actors and dancers stay dancers. We are searching for a dialogue between the different disciplines, but the power of every discipline in itself stays maintained. For that I need someone next to me who is great on an artistic level, a theatre-animal. Someone who has the motto ‘’kill your darlings’’ hanging above her bed. This and a lot more is Julie.”
Plead for the beauty of sentiment
As theatre maker Julie Van den Berghe would describe herself as a creator of black fairy tales. Embracing the dark side of people with humor and a rich visual language. Because she believes that sentiment in art, can heal people a little bit.
''Good theatre is about the world around us.’’
Robbert van Heuven is the new dramaturg of NNT. ‘’It is the first time that I get to work with a big national theatre-company. A fantastic chance, I never dared to dream about. It is a wonderful community, which isn’t afraid to be bold in shape and content. In that way it states something about the world which is relevant for everybody. And that’s exactly what I appreciate about good theatre. Plays which, one way or the other, relate to the world outside of the theatre.’’