Buning en Van der Wijk | Sla Dood!
The Messias from ’t Zandt
Sla Dood! investigates the disconcerting and forgotten history of Harmen Schoenmaker. In 1535, this Mennonite inhabitant of the Groningen village ’t Zandt proclaimed himself God the Father. This led to thousands of people shedding their clothes in the middle of the winter for him in ecstasy. Who was this cobbler, and what exactly transpired there? Was this religious extremism in the Groningen countryside? Is this a story that still has significance to us today? You may recall the duo Jelle Buning and Nico van der Wijk from The Ideal Drowning Man (De Ideale Drenkeling), the true story of Buning’s near-drowning in the North Sea, which they performed at Noorderzon last year. In Sla Dood! too they use their own stories. What is the most important thing in their lives? Do they actually still know God the Father? Noorderzon coproduced this performance with The Stories of Groningen (De Verhalen van Groningen) and Groningen Archives (RHC Groninger Archieven).
Writer and director | Nico van der Wijk
Performer | Jelle Buning
Animation | Manuel Leito
Technology | Event Music
Partners | Groningen Archives (RHC Groninger Archieven), The Stories of Groningen (De Verhalen van Groningen), Creative Monkeys, Bibliotheek Luitje Hoeksema ’t Zandt, Egbert Bleyenburg