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Festival / Multidisciplinary performance

VONK & Steve Aernouts – Grond

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Ensemble VONK and actor Steve Aernouts present a blistering musical performance in which soil plays the leading role, with text by the ever unpredictable writer Anton Dautzenberg. About soil as matter, concrete and everyday, as core and motive, but also as a mysterious innkeeper of parallel worlds. Grond is a multidisciplinary performance about the desire to open shutters.

Dautzenberg grew up in South Limburg, a stone’s throw from the Oranje Nassau 2 coal mine. Beneath the landscape in which he lived and played as a child, there was an invisible but highly imaginative subsurface. ‘A very personal writer’s mythology’ is how the NRC Handelsblad described Grond, the theatre monologue Dautzenberg wrote about it. Composer Nicoline Soeter, artistic director of VONK, turned the monologue into a sober, vulnerable and impressive performance.


Nicoline Soeter - composition and artistic direction VONK
Anton Dautzenberg - text theatre monologue
Steve Aernouts - actor
Rianne Wilbers - soprano
Tom Sanderman - saxophones
Erwin Muller - clarinets
Reggy van Bakel - percussion
Pete Harden - electric guitar
Joep van der Geest - direction advice
Nico Kraeima - lighting