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Cancelled due to lockdown regulations


The artists Celine Daemen (*1995) and Laura Kuusk (*1982) don’t know each other. One of them was trained as a director at the institute of performative arts in Maastricht, the other studied visual art in Tallinn and Annecy. The two will come together during the festival, each with two of their pieces, for the first time in a ‘parcours’.

With INSIDE, Daemen will show an immersive installation for one audience member, which was created in 2018 as her graduation project in Maastricht and with THE OPERA OF THE FALLING, a mini-opera performed for the first time in 2019, which the audience experiences through VR-glasses. With a strong emphasis on musicality and atmosphere, Daemen creates worlds in which people are looking for something or someone to hold on to. The unconscious seems to be her starting point for a journey that includes disintegration, chaos, beauty, melancholy and hope.

In her work, Laura Kuusk investigates processes that make people behave in certain ways. Her starting points are the image, the spatial surrounding and the human body. For this, she regularly also works with performing artists such as Üüve-Lydia Toompere and Siim Tõniste

(s. supersocial). In DEAR ALGORITHM, she creates a confusing atmosphere in a modern suburban office building, while in SOCIAL BODY she also uses VR-glasses to whisk the audience away into a little study of everyday movements.   


Fri 13.11.

Thu 12.11.

5:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

Sat 14.11.

Sun 15.11.

5:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:45, 16:30, 17:15, 18:00, 18:45, 19:30, 20:15

11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00, 17:45, 18:30, 19:15

Sat 14.11.


Duration 90 min


Festival talk 4

Sun 15.11., 11:30


Celine daemen (NL)

& Laura Kuusk (EE)

first glance,

second glance

English & German

„The technical support and equipment for this format is provided with support and in cooperation with the Institute for Theatrical Future Studies at the Zimmertheater Tübingen.“

opera of the falling


by Celine Daemen


Direction Celine Daemen / Music Felipe Hoyos / Design Antony van Gog / Production Marita Hamers /

Camera Cor Booy / Costume  Kathleen Hilbers / Sound Gert-Jan Van Stiphout / Music recording and Mixing

Gino Bombrini / Violin Mimi Jung / Cello Diego Hernández / Technique Carlo Lenssen / Play Helene Vrijdag / Swim training Emilie Andrien / Coaching Peter Misotten, Benjamin Vandewalle

Produced by CineSud, Limburgs platform van filmmakers, in co-production with Via ZUID, talentontwikkeling podiumkunsten Limburg and supported by Stichting Edmond Hustinx, Stichting Kanunnik Salden / Nieuwenhof & Apollo Fonds, thanks go to Toneelacademie Maastricht / © Foto Celine Daemen


by Celine Daemen


Concept & Direction Celine Daemen / Art Director Aron Fels / Composition Amarante Nat / Vocals & Play Sterre Konijn / Libretto Olivier Herter / Sound Engineering Wouter Snoei / Engineering Spacial Sound

Daniël Berends, Franscesco Robustelli / Character Rig Louise van Putten / Producer Cas Ketel / Coaching

Romain Bischoff / Illustration Ronja Ida Weia / Graphic Desgin Mees Walter / Marketing Marita Hamers /  Consulting Karel Janssen / Great thanks go to the contributors, professionals and patients of Mondriaan GGZ
Produced by MCEM in Ko-Production with
VIA ZUID & Cultura Nova, together with Mondriaan GGZ,

with the support of VSBfonds, Edmond Hustinx Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Brand Cultuurfonds & Kanunnik Salden Nieuwenhof / © Foto Celine Daemen

Translation of the Libretto into German Golbarg Zolfaghari / Translation of the Libretto into English Christian Dawid / Translation of the English booklet into German Carolin Seidl

Dear Algorithm

by Laura Kuusk

Concept, Directing & Editing Laura Kuusk / Choreography Üüve-Lydia Toompere / Performers Laura Cemin, Üüve-Lydia Toompere, Siim Tõniste / Costume design Laura Kuusk, Laura Cemin / Camera, Color Grading

Alis Mäesalu / Lighting Carlos E. Lesmes / Sound Editing Indrek Soe / Music Yiorgis Sakellariou “Everything Emanating from the Sun” from the series Corollaries” Crónica (Portugal, 2016) / the work is made in the frames of Active Crossover (Mooste, MoKS) / Graphic Design Indrek Sirkel, Ott Kagovere / Text Laura Kuusk / Consultant for text Piret Karro / Voice Over Laura Kuusk (EST),Triin Kerge (ENG), Natalja Rusinovskis (RUS) / Thanks to Hammerhub Tallinn, photography department of Estonian Academy of Arts / © Foto Laura Kuusk


Social Body

by Laura Kuusk

Concept & Directing Laura Kuusk / Choreographer & Performer Üüve-Lydia Toompere / Music Lakker "Tuk Tuk" / Video Production MEDIT (The Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture)

Thanks to Arnis Balcus, Brian Gillikin, Sander-Kalle Somma, Camille Laurelli / © Foto Riga Photomont


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