Coproductions

2014 | 600 HIGHWAYMEN (c) Pierre Borasci
2014 | 600 HIGHWAYMEN (c) Pierre Borasci
2011 | Phantom Limb Company (c) Pierre Borasci
2011 | Phantom Limb Company (c) Pierre Borasci
2009 | Stalker Theatre (c) Pierre Borasci
2009 | Stalker Theatre (c) Pierre Borasci

Since 2008 we have been regularly co-producing new work by international companies and artists. By sharing knowledge and recources, we have managed to produce a lot of beautiful shows.

2015
Lundahl & Seitl (Zweden), Pan Pan Theatre (Ierland), Roger Bernat (Spanje), Lander Patrick (Portugal).

2014
Ula Sickle (België/Congo), Kornél Mundruczó/Proton Theatre (Hongarije), BERLIN (België), Benjamin Verdonck/KVS/Toneelhuis (België), Gunilla Heilborn (Zweden), 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Verenigde Staten), Fernando Rubio (Argentinië), Philippe Quesne & CAMPO (Frankrijk en België), Kid Koala (Canada).

2013
Anne-Cecile Vandalem (België), Dayna Hanson (VS)

2012
BERLIN (België), LOD (België), THEATREclub (Ierland),  

2011
Phantom Limb Company (Verenigde Staten), Brokentalkers (Ierland), Gob Squad & CAMPO (Duitsland & België), Quarantine (Verenigd Koninkrijk), Maria Jerez (Spanje)

2010
chelfitsch (Japan), Claudio Stellato (Italië), MaisonDahlBonnema (België),

2009
Stalker Theatre (Australië), Lola Arias (Argentinië), Zachary Oberzan (Verenigde Staten), Aphids (Australië)

2008
Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Verenigde Staten) en Radiohole (Verenigde Staten).

 

Lundahl & Seitl | An Elegy to the Medium of Film (SE)

 

Year of production: 2015
An Elegy to the Medium of Film is a Noorderzon coproduction, including in the framework of NXTSTP.

Would our imagination work the same way if the medium of film were not to exist? We see so many movies that our imagination now tends to work like a film projector. The slightest reason imaginable allows us to experience the world around us as if it were cinema. The interaction between artwork and viewer has always served as initial inspiration for the Swedish artistic duo Lundahl & Seitl. With An Elegy to the Medium of Film, they bring homage to the medium of film and legendary filmmaker Andrei Tarkosky, with an installation encouraging viewers to actively create films with their own imagination, instead of passively watching them on a large screen. In an exciting, dark space, and using video, sound and touch, you become your own film projector.

Lundahl & Seitl | An Elegy to the Medium of Film
Lundahl & Seitl | An Elegy to the Medium of Film
Pan Pan Theatre | The Seagull and Other Birds (c) Ros Kavanagh
Pan Pan Theatre | The Seagull and Other Birds (c) Ros Kavanagh

Pan Pan Theatre | The Seagull and Other Birds (IE)

Year of production: 2015
The Seagull and Other Birds is a Noorderzon coproduction, including in the framework of NXTSTP.

The Seagull is one of Chekhov’s most famous plays. The relationship between the artist and the world is one of its main themes. Although Chekhov is still performed, this is a relationship which has been prone to radical change. The offbeat Irish theatre-makers of Pan Pan Theatre felt that they could do what Chekhov can too, and asked a number of writers to write a piece about the difficult relationship. The group took the new texts and Chekhov’s and conjured up a remarkable, weird, captivating and brain-tingling brew. Enjoy Chekhov alongside YouTube, ballet and classic theatre, and poetry paired with dynamic nonsense. Above all else expect a lot of love of theatre.

Roger Bernat | Numax-Fagor-plus (ES)

Year of production: 2015
Noorderzon presented this performance in the framework of Create to Connect

History continually repeats itself. In 1979, Numax, a Spanish home appliance manufacturer, went bankrupt. The employees tried to save the company as a collective, but failed in their attempt. They recorded the last days of the factory on video. In 2013, Fagor, another workers collective and also a home appliance manufacturer, went bankrupt too. The Spanish artist and theatremaker Roger Bernat asked the Fagor employees to re-enact the last days of Numax, allowing them to more or less replay their own situation, but with a historical twist. In Numax-Fagor-plus, Bernat presents the results of that attempt and gives the audience the opportunity to have the last say in the success of his re-enactment of the past. Playing with overlapping stories and reality and fiction, Bernat shows how powerful yet vulnerable a collective of individuals can be.

Roger Bernat | Numax-Fagor-plus (c) Blenda
Roger Bernat | Numax-Fagor-plus (c) Blenda
Lander Patrick | Arrastaõ (c) Pierre Borasci
Lander Patrick | Arrastaõ (c) Pierre Borasci

Lander Patrick | Arrastaõ (PT)

Year of production: 2015
Noorderzon presented this performance in the framework of Create to Connect

The word ‘arrastaõ’ has a double meaning in Portuguese. It can mean trawl or dragnet, as in the nets towed by fishing vessels. But it can also be used to describe the orchestrated actions of a group of people involved in robbery. The hilarious dance experience ARRASTÃO has nothing to do with either fishing or robbery, but everything to do with audience participation. Everyone is invited to join the performers in the performance and to create rhythms together and – spoiler alert – this involves balloons in a major way. Collaboration and rhythm thus connect people who otherwise are strangers to one another, creating a dancing, partying entity for the evening. Groups cannot exist without individuals, nor can individuals without a group. In any case, sitting back and sitting still is not an option in this wonderful theatrical experience, a trademark Noorderzon performance.

Ula Sickle | Kinshasa Electric (BE/CD)

Year of production: 2014
Kinshasa Electric is a coproduction of Noorderzon in the framework of NXTSTP. 

On dance floors, platforms and urban squares. People dance worldwide. But nobody dances completely alone. In a world that is becoming increasingly small, all those places are mutually connected and one dance influences the other. For instance, the original inspiration for hip-hop arose in Africa in the 1980s, and travelled to the USA from which it made a re-entry into Africa in a new adaptation. Dance is about more than movement. It is also a form of representation and an expression of a sub-culture. Inspired by her previous work with dancers from Kinshasa (Congo), choreographer Ula Sickle goes looking for the most popular dance styles of the present day. She does so with three dancers from this city. What happens when you allow them to collide? And what does that hybrid dance style say about who you are and where you come from? Here and there, in disco and modern dance, authenticity and pose evidently lie nearer to one another than you think.

Ula Sickle | Kinshasa Electric
Ula Sickle | Kinshasa Electric
Kornél Mundruczó/Proton Theatre | Dementia (c) Pierre Borasci
Kornél Mundruczó/Proton Theatre | Dementia (c) Pierre Borasci

Kornél Mundruczó/Proton Theatre | Dementia (HU)

Year of production: 2014
Dementia is a coproduction of Noorderzon in the context of NXTSTP.

A rundown and almost deserted hospital is only inhabited by a small group of demented patients. Now that there is no one else around, they live entirely in their own world. Nevertheless, they – and the friendly doctor and nurse who care for them - are delighted to make your acquaintance.  And if you are here anyway, would you be willing to pay for them? The Hungarian theatre and film director Kornél Mundruczó enjoys rubbing the spectator’s face in matters that we, as a society, would prefer to ignore. In contrast to his previous raw, realistic, documentary-like shows, Dementia is a musical, melodramatic distortion of reality. It is a performance full of black humour in a fantastic décor. However, Mundruczó never lets go of acute current issues: when is life itself still worth living? And, in times of crisis, shouldn’t we devote the money we are spending on these vegetating humans to other and better causes? You may decide. 

BERLIN | Perhaps All The Dragons (BE)

Year of production: 2014
Perhaps All The Dragons is a coproduction of Noorderzon in the framework of NXTSTP. 

A well-known pianist suddenly realizes onstage that she has studied the wrong piano concerto. A neurosurgeon switches the heads of two living monkeys. In Japan, there are 700,000 people who live as hikikomori (a kind of Japanese hermit) and have scarcely left their bedroom in a number of years. The Flemish multidisciplinary company BERLIN has collected these and 26 other remarkable stories and facts, and has made thirty monologues that apparently have nothing – but actually have everything – in common with each other. At a round table with thirty television screens, thirty visitors are confronted one-to-one with these stories. The visitors may choose five stories, so the show is different for each visitor, and the various stories take on their own unique association with one another. BERLIN also appeared at Noorderzon 2012 with the wonderful performance entitled Land’s End.

BERLIN | Perhaps All The Dragons (c) Pierre Borasci
BERLIN | Perhaps All The Dragons (c) Pierre Borasci
Benjamin Verdonck/KVS/Toneelhuis | NOTALLWHOWANDERARELOST (c) Kurt van der Elst
Benjamin Verdonck/KVS/Toneelhuis | NOTALLWHOWANDERARELOST (c) Kurt van der Elst

Benjamin Verdonck/KVS/Toneelhuis | NOTALLWHOWANDERARELOST (BE)

Year of production: 2014
Noorderzon presented this performance in the framework of NXTSTP. 

There are few artists who are as versatile as Benjamin Verdonck. He has performed as a stage actor, once hung in a self-built bird’s nest high up on the façade of an office building, and has produced work that has been displayed in various art galleries. His work is poetic and communicative. He makes use of art to open a new perspective on everyday reality. NOTALLWHOWANDERARELOST brings theatre as large as a tabletop, with Verdonck as an actor and technician at the same time. With few words, colour, a sizable box of tricks, geometrical figures, opening doors and a roller blind, Verdonck reduces theatre to its absolute minimum: on a human scale, nice and intimate, and poetic as always. The only things that you really need for theatre are an audience, a maker, and a large dose of imagination from both sides. This show was a major hit at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in May this year.

Gunilla Heilborn & Co. | Gorkij Park 2 (ZW)

Year of production: 2014
Noorderzon presents this performance in the framework of NXTSTP. 

Gorky Park is the kind of 1980s Hollywood film that no one can exactly remember whether or not he has actually seen it. It was something involving … snow, skating and the Cold War, wasn’t it? Gorky Park 2 is a completely independent theatrical sequel to this thriller. It is a performance in which the Swedish choreographer and theatre-maker Gunilla Heilborn searches for the link between fur hats, abandoned mining villages from the Soviet era, utopias, Abba T-shirts, social realism, and glitter eyelashes. You can also go on an audio tour through the house of writer Maxim Gorky, but that is not particularly recommended. Heilborn reserves the absolute right to be vague and strange. She makes films, performances and dance performances. In her own unique way, she combines text, dance and video, while humour and irony are indispensible ingredients.

Gunilla Heilborn & Co. | Gorkij Park 2 (c) Ines Sebalj
Gunilla Heilborn & Co. | Gorkij Park 2 (c) Ines Sebalj
600 HIGHWAYMEN | The Record (c) Pierre Borasci
600 HIGHWAYMEN | The Record (c) Pierre Borasci

600 HIGHWAYMEN & Noorderzon | The Record (VS)

Year of production: 2014
Noorderzon presented The Record in the framework of the Create to Connect European network. 

During The Record by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, 45 strangers meet onstage to show us who they are and who they could be. Collectively, they create a performance that is part theatre, part dance and part hallucination - and you, the audience, are just as much a subject as the people onstage. Local actors (recruited during 600 HIGHWAYMEN's initial visit to Groningen in June) will comprise the company and meet for the very first time in the first performance. The Record is fragile, beautiful and, above all, human. This theatrical meeting between total strangers during the Under the Radar Festival in New York was an enormous festival hit, and was swamped with positive reviews.

Fernando Rubio/Intimoteatroitinerante | When we were kids (AR)

Year of production: 2014
Noorderzon produced and presented this performance supported by Ammodo

When we were kids is about childhood, about the reconstruction of something that has been lost, and about more than that. Seven people are situated in a classroom along with the audience. They can no longer remember who they are. To find out, they try to re-experience their (early) childhood. They wish to discover what exists in the depths of their being before the first memories begin to take shape. There must be something that we all carry with us, but which we all end up neglecting as we become adults. The much-acclaimed Argentinian theatre-maker Fernando Rubio is a familiar face at Noorderzon. Last year, his beds for the charismatic performance Everything by my side floated on the pond in the Noorderplantsoen. He is back again this year, and this time his newest show (partly produced in Groningen) will enjoy its world première in Groningen. When we were kids is the first part of a trilogy in which Rubio goes looking for what childhood and the passing of the years mean to the development of our present and future identities.

Fernando Rubio/Intimoteatroitinerante | When we were kids (c) Pierre Borasci
Fernando Rubio/Intimoteatroitinerante | When we were kids (c) Pierre Borasci
Philippe Quesne & CAMPO | Next Day (c) Martin Argylogro
Philippe Quesne & CAMPO | Next Day (c) Martin Argylogro

Philippe Quesne & CAMPO | Next Day (FR/BE)

Year of production: 2014
Coproduction: Theater Der Welt 2014 (Mannheim), Festival d'Automne (Paris), Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, LIFT (London), La Bâtie (Genève)
Supported by | Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen) en HAU Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin)

How does an adult see a child on the stage? That is the interesting question that CAMPO, the Flemish theatre house, has foisting upon various leading theatre-makers for a number of years. Even though – or perhaps exactly because – these makers normally do not work with children. This has produced a series of exhilarating performances, such as üBUNG by Josse de Pauw, When Night Follows Day by Tim Etchells and, of course, the marvellous Before Your Very Eyes by Gob Squad, with which Noorderzon opened the festival in 2011. This time, the honour comes to theatre-maker Philippe Quesne, who was also present at Noorderzon 2009 with the hilarious festival hit L’Effet de Serge. Like a scientist looking through a microscope, he investigates the microcosm of the experiential world of 8 to 12-year-olds. Solitude and group interaction, music and image, dream and reality all mingle together in this world. By converting everyday occurrences into small dramatic rituals, Quesne transforms the normal world of children into a totally new, alienating and breath-taking universe. 

Kid Koala | Nufonia Must Fall (c) Pierre Borasci
Kid Koala | Nufonia Must Fall (c) Pierre Borasci

Kid Koala | Nufonia Must Fall (CA)

Year of production: 2014
Coproduction partners: Luminato Festival (Toronto), Adelaide Festival (Adelaide), Banff Centre (Banff), Internationales Sommerfestical (Hamburg), Santiago A Mil (Santiago), Noorderzon, Roundhoude (London)

The Canadian DJ Kid Koala is famous for his wonderful live shows, his albums based on old blues records, and his collaborative projects with renowned acts such as Gorillaz. As a DJ, he opened the large-scale shows of Arcade Fire this year. But Kid Koala is also a graphic novelist. In 2003, he published a graphic novel entitled Nufonia Must Fall. It was a grand love story about a robot and a girl in an office. At this year’s edition of Noorderzon, he will present this splendid book onstage as a live puppet show. The puppeteers will perform the play in miniature décors, and it will be relayed to a large adjacent screen. The story will be accompanied by live music by Kid Koala and The Afiara Quartet. The stage direction is in the hands of K. K. Barrett, who is renowned for his cooperation with top film directors such as Sofia Coppola in Lost in Translation and with Spike Jonze for Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are and Her, among other things. Barrett received a nomination for an Oscar for this last film.

Das Fräulein / Anne-Cécile Vandalem | After the Walls (UTOPIA) (BE)

Year of production: 2013
Within the network of NXTSTP, Noorderzon is one of the co-producers of After the Walls (UTOPIA).

His design aims to be the complete solution to all the problems afflicting us at this moment in time. A utopian explosion. An unprecedented architectural-idealistic blueprint. In After the Walls (UTOPIA), architect Bernard Loizeau invites you to become acquainted with his plans for the ultimate construction. And also to become a participant in his idealistic movement that wishes to cast off present-day cynicism and give humanity new hope. In the coming year, Loizeau will expand his plan further. The sequel to this project, DYSTOPIA – which is to be presented at Noorderzon 2014 – will show whether or not he has succeeded in his aim. In addition, you are invited to follow the process throughout the year. This performance was directed by the young Belgian theatre maker Anne-Cécile Vandalem. In 2009 and 2011, Vandalem’s work was nominated for the Wallonian La Prix de la Critique.

Das Fräulein / Anne-Cécile Vandalem | After the Walls (UTOPIA) (c) Christophe Engels
Das Fräulein / Anne-Cécile Vandalem | After the Walls (UTOPIA) (c) Christophe Engels
Dayna Hanson | The Clay Duke
Dayna Hanson | The Clay Duke

Dayna Hanson | The Clay Duke (US)

Year of production: 2013
The Clay Duke is a coproduction of Noorderzon and Grand Theatre Groningen

On 10 December 2010, a mentally confused man burst into a meeting of the school board in a school in Florida, USA. He was vaguely angry about his wife’s dismissal from her job. Clay Duke threatened those present, but did not hit anyone in the subsequent shooting. He then committed suicide. The YouTube video (warning: this video may contain shocking images) of the occurrence was a phenomenon on Internet. In her performance entitled The Clay Duke, American dance-theatre artist Dayna Hanson combines this event with her own fascination for the tragic suicides in the works of Chekhov and for the vigour of those who take justice into their own hands, as exemplified in the Death Wish films that made Charles Bronson a cult hero. In this framework, The Clay Duke tells the abrasive story of a tragic character whose botched life compels him to take the law into his own hands. With dance, music, live sound effects and a competition involving Charles Bronson imitations, Hanson seeks the glimmer of hope that must lie somewhere within this bleak happening. In August, Dayna Hanson was residing for a short time in the Grand Theatre to develop The Clay Duke further. During Noorderzon, the show has been performed as a work in progress.

BERLIN – Land’s End (BE)

Year of production: 2012
Co-producing partners | Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen
NEXT Festival Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Doornik + Valencienes, BE), STUK kunstencentrum (Leuven, BE), Le CENTQUATRE (Paris, FR), Pronomade(s) en Haute Garonne /Centre National des Arts de la Rue (FR), Le Manège de Reims – Scène Nationale (FR), La Maison de la Culture d’Amiens (FR), Szene Salzburg (AUT), Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg (DE), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (CH), Korjaamo Theatre / Stage – Helsinki Theatre Festival (FI), Brighton Festival (UK)

Land's End by the renowned Belgian theatre company BERLIN, premiered in The Netherlands at a unique location in the city during Noorderzon 2012. In the Suikerunie they reconstructed the confrontation between two people suspected of committing the notorious ‘pancake murder’. In the middle of the former Suikerunie yard, universally recognizable problems are exposed in a very candid way. Land's End is touring through Europe until June 2013.

BERLIN - Land's End (c) Pierre Borasci
BERLIN - Land's End (c) Pierre Borasci
LOD - Hoog Gras (c) Pierre Borasci
LOD - Hoog Gras (c) Pierre Borasci

LOD - Hoog Gras (BE)

Year of production: 2012
Production: LOD | music-theater
Co-producing partners | Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WERKTANK & Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen

Atrocity and child-like innocence are recurring themes in the work of Inne Goris, who has been associated for a number of years with LOD, a leading production house for opera and music in Ghent. She has previously taken Greek tragedies, or the horror expressed in fairytales, to examine the ruthlessness of human nature. For this latest creation, Goris zooms in on present-day stories from child soldiers. Long Grass is a co-production of Noorderzon and many other international partners.

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THEATREclub – HEROIN (IRL)

Production | THEATREclub
Co-producing partners | Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen

THEATREclub stayed in residency in Groningen to create an updated version of HEROIN. The multiple award-winning performance entitled HEROIN tells the social history of this destructive drug in Ireland over the past forty years. It is an ambitious project that is, as art director Grace Dyas states, ‘everything that has ever happened to us, and says everything that has not yet been said’. Two years of intensive and passionate research preceded the genesis of the performance. This updated version of HEROIN is co-produced by Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen.

THEATREclub - HEROIN (c) Pierre Borasci
THEATREclub - HEROIN (c) Pierre Borasci
Phantom Limb Company - 69º S. (c) Pierre Borasci
Phantom Limb Company - 69º S. (c) Pierre Borasci

Phantom Limb Company - 69º S. (US)

Year of production: 2011
(Co)-producing partners: ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in Association with Beth Morrison Projects, Co-production | Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen en NNT in co-opdracht van Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; Arts Centre of Melbourne and The Victoria College of the Arts; ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, Boston, MA and EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The New York puppet theatre company Phantom Limb resided in Groningen in juli and august of 2011 to work on their brand new performance 69º S. about the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. The world premiere was to be seen at Noorderzon on the 18th of august. After that 69º S. was also shown at the Next Wave festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music - among other places.

Brokentalkers - The Blue Boy (IRL)

(Co)-production partners: Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, LÓKAL Theatre Festival Reykjavík, Korjaamo Theatre/ Stage Festival, Norfolk & Norwich festival en Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

The Irish company Brokentalkers creates controversial, topical theatre. The company’s production, The Blue Boy, is about a seriously damaged relationship … about the experiences of men and women who, in their youth, were entrusted to Roman Catholic care institutions in Ireland. In the past few years, much clarity and outrage has emerged about the abuse and the mistreatment in such institutions. At the beginning of august 2011 Brokentalkers were our guest in Groningen to work on this performance. A European preview was shown at Noorderzon and the world premiere was scheduled a couple of weeks later at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

     Brokentalkers - The Blue Boy (c) Pierre Borasci
Brokentalkers - The Blue Boy (c) Pierre Borasci
Gob Squad & CAMPO - Before Your Very Eyes (c) Pierre Borasci
Gob Squad & CAMPO - Before Your Very Eyes (c) Pierre Borasci

Gob Squad & CAMPO - Before Your Very Eyes (GER & BE)

Year of production: 2011
(Co)-production partners: Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf;  NEXT Festival, Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai+Valenciennes; Künsterlhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

A new performance by the exciting British/German collective Gob Squad together with the Belgian CAMPO, played by children from Ghent. The public watches these children as they move within a safe space with four glass walls, like insects in a jar. From this space, they envisage their own future as adult, and look back on their short past for the first time. Whereas adults often stubbornly attempt to hang on to their youth, these kids dream of leaving their childhood behind them forever. This performance was a big success as the opening performance of Noorderzon 2011.

Quarantine - Entitled (UK)

Year of production: 2011
(Co)-production partners: Commissioned by | Royal Exchange Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Curve Theatre, Leicester 
Co-production | Quarantine and Royal Exchange Theatre
Further development with support of | Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen

In their latest work, Entitled, various performers talk about hope, privileges, disappointment and commonplace affairs. They mention how you can shine onstage, and also sometimes have to be contented with a role in the wings. You can take this literally, as Entitled is the quest of three technicians, three dancers and one writer to find a complete life in the framework of setting up and dismantling a show. This performance was further developed in Groningen in august 2011 and was presented at Noorderzon as an European preview. This wonderful show went to Edinburgh and London among other places. The tour continues in 2012.

Quarantine - Entitled (c) Pierre Borasci
Quarantine - Entitled (c) Pierre Borasci
Maria Jerez - The Perfect Alibi (c) Maria Jerez
Maria Jerez - The Perfect Alibi (c) Maria Jerez

Maria Jerez - The Perfect Alibi (SPA)

Year of production: 2011
(Co)-production partners:
Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen en Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt.

Promising Spanish talent Maria Jerez instinctively links humour to an exploration of the limits of theatre. In 2010, anyone who saw The Movie will know how she can astonish the spectator with a minimum of resources but with sophisticated theatrical experience. In 2011, Jerez was in residency in Groningen to work on The Perfect Alibi, which premiered during Noorderzon in August.
 

chelfitsch - We Are the Undamaged Others (JAP)

Year of production: 2010
Co-producing partners: Aichi Triennale (Nagoya), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National de Création Contemporaine (Paris), Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen

chelfitsch, one of Japan's most interesting companies enjoyed a residency in the Grand Theatre in august 2010 to work on their new piece We Are the Undamaged Others. During Noorderzon they presented a European preview of this performance that has been shown on many international stages en festivals like Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.

chelfitsch - We Are the Undamaged Others (c) Pierre Borasci
chelfitsch - We Are the Undamaged Others (c) Pierre Borasci
Claudio Stellato - L'Autre (c) Pierre Borasci
Claudio Stellato - L'Autre (c) Pierre Borasci

Claudio Stellato - L'Autre (ITA)

Year of production: 2010
Co-producing partners: Les Brigittines-Centre d'Art Contemporain du Mouvement et de la Voix de la ville de Bruxelles, Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, De Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, TAKT Dommelhof, le manege.mons/CECN, TechnocITé, l'échangeur - scène conventionnée de Fère-en-Tardenois

This performance marks the end of a long quest. Claudio Stellato, born in Italy and now living in Brussels, investigated the relationship between the body and the object. The result of this quest is the creation of his alter ego L’Autre (the other),an unusual character with a personal dance language. In 2010 Claudio visited Groningen to work on further developing L'Autre. He presented four performances during Noorderzon 2010 and afterward went to play on many European stages.

MaisonDahlBonnema & Needcompany - Ricky and Ronny and Hundred Stars - A Sado Country Opera (BE)

Year of production: 2010
Co-producing partners: Theater aan het Vrijthof, Euregionaal Opera- en Muziektheaterfestival, Bit Teatergarasjen en Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen

Ricky and Ronny have fallen out of the window. And it is as if they have gone into a permanent fall. They have lost all grip and footing. During their fall they encounter the beautiful Hundred Stars, the eternal spoilsport and salvationist, who, in turn, has been sent to protect them against even more moral degeneration. Along with Hundred Stars, Ricky and Ronny go looking for rebirth, a different continuation of their existence on earth. Together with Grand Theatre Groningen we co-produced this performance.

 MaisonDahlBonnema (c) Maarten Vandenabeele
MaisonDahlBonnema (c) Maarten Vandenabeele
Stalker Theatre - MirrorMirror (c) Pierre Borasci
Stalker Theatre - MirrorMirror (c) Pierre Borasci

Stalker Theatre - MirrorMirror (AUS)

Year of production: 2009
Co-producing partners: Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, Parramatta Riverside Theatres and Western Sydney Dance Action, Australia

During our opening night we presented the new production by the acclaimed Australian company Stalker Theatre. MirrorMirror explores the way that personal information and ideas are held within the body – in our genetics, in the way we move, in the memories we carry, and of course within our ancestry, where we are from. Personal identity is not fixed but rather spread over time, place and space. MirrorMirror was a work in progress, the final version did premiere in october 2009 in Sydney. The performance is co-produced by Noorderzon and Grand Theatre Groningen, in association with Parramatta Riverside Theatres and Western Sydney Dance Action, Australia.

Lola Arias - Mi Vida Después/My Life After (ARG)

Year of production: 2009
Co-producing partners: Steirischer Herbst Festival, Theater Spektakel Zurich, International Summer Festival Kampnagel Hamburg, Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen

Have you ever had the desire to look into your parents’ past? To see who they were before you were born or were too young to remember it? This question forms the basis of the latest performance by the Argentinean writer and director Lola Arias. In Mi Vida Después, six actors, all born in the 1970s and 80s, reconstruct the lives of their (real life) parents and, at the same time, of their country, Argentina. In a moving way, by making use of film, photos and music, Arias shows how the lives of those parents all inter-connect via that troubled past in one way or another, and how the quest for the truth about their parents’ past merges with the uneasy present-day processing of this difficult period in Argentinean history. Lola Arias is one of Argentina's biggest talents.

 Lola Arias - My Life After (c) Pierre Borasci
Lola Arias - My Life After (c) Pierre Borasci
Zachary Oberzan - Your Brother. Remember? (c) Pierre Borasci
Zachary Oberzan - Your Brother. Remember? (c) Pierre Borasci

Zachary Oberzan - Your Brother. Remember? (USA)

Co-production partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen en Brut Wien

In 2009 we presented the first preview of Your Brother. Remember?, the new work by Nature Theater of Oklahoma-actor Zachary Oberzan. Growing up in Maine, Zachary and his older brother Gator used to delight in making their own home versions of famous movies, such as Van Damme’s Kickboxer and the cult classic Faces of Death. Now, twenty years later, having in the meantime become distant from his family, he returns to the places of his childhood to re-make these home-made films as precisely as he can. But twenty years have passed and have taken their toll, especially in the life of his brother who has seen drugs, depression and prison. With the help of Van Damme, Dr. Francis Gross and others, the two brothers attempt to re-discover each other. Zachary spend August 2009 in Groningen to work on this production that was featured on many international festivals and stages.

Aphids - System Building (AUS)

Year of production: 2009
Co-producing partners: Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen, CarriageWorks, Radialsystem V, the Melbourne Recital Centre

Experience an intimate concert at one of the most extraordinary locations in Groningen: the splendid old Water Tower on the south side of the Noorderplantsoen. System Building is a miniature performance in which Aphids manage to blend the unusual location and architecture with the sound of percussion instruments, instruments that Rosemary Joy develops especially for this kind of exciting locations.

Aphids - System Building (c) Karel Zwaneveld
Aphids - System Building (c) Karel Zwaneveld
Nature Theater of Oklahoma - Romeo and Juliet (c) Peter Nigrini
Nature Theater of Oklahoma - Romeo and Juliet (c) Peter Nigrini

Nature Theater of Oklahoma - Romeo and Juliet & Rambo Solo (USA)

Co-producing-partners: International Summerfestival/Kampnagel Hamburg, Salzburger Festspiele in co-production met Kaaitheater Brussels, Workspace Brussels, Buda Kunstcentrum, Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen en the Wexner Center for the Arts van de Ohio State University

In 2006 Noorderzon hosted the first ever European performance by a young and interesting company Nature Theater of Oklahoma. The wonderful performance was called Poetics: A Ballet Brut. In 2008 this - now very well-known company - returned to Noorderzon to present two new performances that we co-produced together with the Grand Theatre. Romeo and Juliet and Rambo Solo both became huge international hits and were played all over the world. In 2009 Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen also co-produced the first official solo work by Nature Theater-actor  Zachary Oberzan.

Radiohole - Anger/Nation (USA)

Year of production: 2008
Co-producing partners: Donaufestival, The Kitchen, Noorderzon/Grand Theatre

“This is the true underground. New York, and all that. None of that flabby, secretive but run-of-the-mill gobbledygook, oh no...! Dear old Radiohole, those charismatic and autonomous creators of 21st century hardcore, have broken away from all that pretentious trash, yes, sir!!! Yes, indeedy...”
Cult-theatre group Radiohole produce free-spirited subversive theatre. With infectious pleasure, a light hand on the tiller, and arguably more layers than your average Bavarian tart... Punkrocktheatre for both initiated and un-initiated alike. If you happen to be someone who always wants to understand everything, don’t go here. Making dramatic use of Peek-a-Boo™ technology and a Sonic Secret Weapon to create a post-modern baroque world, the main characters of this epic drama are Carry A. Nation, the 19th-century crusader (co-incidentally no hero with the battle axe) and Mel Lyman, the self-declared saviour and LSD cult hero of the seventies.
‘ANGER/NATION’ ferrets about in the deepest cavities of the American psyche and exposes the badly tangled red-white-and-blue interests of a great nation. Radiohole was our guest in august 2008 to work on this performance.

Radiohole - Anger Nation (c) Pierre Borasci
Radiohole - Anger Nation (c) Pierre Borasci