I think that a lot will
change in the future.
Where our food comes from, how we look at the environment
and how much we waste.
There is a need for more awareness.
farmer is a free profession, but the freedom is no longer what it used to be.
If I do not let my
business grow, my income goes down.
Farmers are pressed to mass production.
Mass is money
citizen and the consumer are two different people.
The citizen has high
The consumer thinks about his wallet
As a farmer, I am bound to a long-term vision.
In recent years rules have changed so frequently, it is no
is a contemporary opera about the growing divide between the farmer and the
citizen. Made in joint collaboration by Silbersee, Gouden Haas and Slagwerk Den
Haag, the performance is not shown in a classical theatre setting but on
location, at different farms in the Netherlands. Peeters was commissioned a
photo exhibition depicting the life of eleven Dutch agriculturalists which the
public could visit before or after the performance. The series depicts the
modern farmer’s approach; their strengths, their struggles, their stubbornness
to pursue the passion for what they do.
Exhibition 2018 - Aardappelvreters, Karavaal Festival, Egmond aan den Hoef, The Netherlands 2018 - Aardappelvreters, Oerol, Terschelling, The Netherlands
Alongside the exhibition, there is also the oppertunity to delve into the famer’s stories online. With the aid of Slices each reportage has been digitally reproduced (Dutch-only). Starring: Klaas Valkering, Marco Klaver, Cees Spanjer, Ad Baltus, Tineke van den Berg, Willemien Koning-Hoeve, Kees Nieuweboer, Jaap Nieuwman, Ted Boon, Matthieu Koning, Aldert Dekker.
This website presents a selection, for more stories visit: www.aardappelvreters.nl
farmer’s family comes together to bury their deceased mother and to divide the
meager inheritance. The son stayed at the potato farm. The daughter left the
countryside for a more refined city life. With the division of the inheritance
the family threatens to become further torn apart.
is about the tension between city and countryside: the differences in
landscape, culture and lifestyle. In the modern farmer there may house an
independent soul, in the meantime he is bound in all respects: to the banks, to
European rules and to customers who stipulate minimum prices. In
‘Aardappelvreters’ the romantic image of a farmer clashes with a prosaic
The opera is performed on location. Karavaan festival: Farm Valkering, Zomerdijkje 20,
Egmond a / d Hoef Oerol: Farm Spanjer, Lies 18, Lies, Terschelling
artistic direction Romain Bischoff, Gienke
Deuten | direction Gienke Deuten | musical dramaturgy Romain Bischoff | musical direction Slagwerk Den HaagFedor Teunisse | libretto Jibbe
Willems | composition David Dramm
& het collectief | music, song and play Fanny Alofs, Hebe
Dijkstra, Pepe García, Star Rabbit, Arnout Lems, Joey Marijs, Niels Meliefste,
Björk Nielsdottir, Anne Stam, Guus van der Steen Gabriele Segantini (understudy
percussion) | scenography Marlies
Schot | light design and head techniqueJeroen Smith | sound design and
technique Maurits Thiel | costume
design Carly Everaert | costume makerEl Taller Hendry Perdon, Edu Martens | artistic
assistant Juliette van Ingen | artistic
producer Esther Dikkers | trailer Bowie
Verschuuren | graphicdesign Lise Bruyneel - la fabrique des