Sprengendorp presents HOUSE
We arrive at a well with the whole group of people. There is a cat who is fascinated by listening to the sounds. Cries of rats, followed by a voice that tells a story of cesspits, new sewers and the inhabitants of the underground world who easily found their way up. Fortunately Sprengendorp appears to have a hero who knows how to handle this rat plague. Before this encounter we were at the lady who told a story about the war. Everyone is asked to close their eyes and to go to the air-raid shelter. An air-raid shelter made in the basement of the house, where they sat with the family and neighbors. About bombs, the smell of bread, a train trip to Utrecht and grandfathers who were good or wrong during the war. And especially a father who was arrested by the Germans.
In May 2012 stories are told in the Sprengendorp. Many stories, told from the front garden by residents of the Sprengendorp and along the way by the guides, who take the audience from garden to garden. Stories that together tell the story of the Sprengendorp from 1923 until now. Personal stories, which sometimes give a picture of Apeldoorn and sometimes also have a piece of world history. A different show every night of the weekend. The first weekend the residents of Sprengendorp and their guests come and listen to the stories. The second weekend for people from outside the village. All shows, 6 days, 2 shows per evening are full.
The preparation to come to these performances took over a year. After many conversations with residents, the idea of a storytelling show arose, to give the multitude of beautiful stories of the village a stage. Residents became storytellers. Twelve amateur writers from Apeldoorn and the surrounding area have put the stories on paper under the guidance of a theater writing teacher and give these stories back to the residents. Afterwards there was rehearsal, both individually and collectively, per evening of the performance. Decors have been thought up and collected by other residents. General rehearsals, flyers and posters made, catering industry and so it slowly but surely became 11 May. The day of the first show.
Final direction: Anouk Schouten (Markant)
Video registration: Janko Bartelink (Markant)
Supervision writers: Marjolijn vd Berg (Markant)
Photography portraits residents: Thomas Boelaars
Client: housing association De Goede Woning, Apeldoorn
2011 - 2012