We have been working with a great team, including young makers from Friesland.
But who are they...?
Jörg Karrenbauer, director. He is a Berlin-based theatrical project developer who works with non-actors. Working in public spaces is central to his work.
He has been working closely with Rimini Protokoll since 2005. Together with Stefan Kaegi, he converted a former refrigerator truck into a mobile public space for 46 people for "Cargo Sofia-X", a piece about the life and work of truck drivers. In 2009, he brought this truck to Asia and created new versions for the Festival/Tokyo, the Singapore Arts Festival and the EXPO 2010. Since 2013, he has been editing the "Remote X" audio walk in more than 40 cities around the world.
Romke Gabe Draaijer, assistant director (1990), living in Utrecht, is an actor at (among others) Tryater , Theater Gnaffel and Pier21 and director of various (location) theatre performances such as krang (2015), Tomorrow's Journey (2016), Dodo fan Haska (2018) & Alice in Bang Weather (2019).
Romke Gabe, born and raised in the Frisian village of Molkwerum, knew from an early age that he wanted to tell stories on and off the stage to anyone who wanted to watch and listen. Inflamed by a performance in his native village, he started his own theatre in an abandoned setting as a ten-year-old boy, together with primary school friends. Stimulating and broadening fantasies have been what he has searched for ever since.
In addition to his two completed studies – MBO Artist and HBO Docent Theatre – Romke Gabe participated twice in Tryater's internal acting training. From September 2021 he started the Masters in Theatre at the Toneelacademie in Maastricht to further research his creativity, and thus himself over the coming years, and to make many more beautiful things in Friesland and beyond.
Janneke de Haan, dramaturg (1984) is a freelance theatre director and makes musical location performances. In 2014 she graduated from the Directing Programme (AHK). Before that she studied Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen and obtained her Masters degree in Art Sociology and Dramaturgy. In 2016 she exchanged Amsterdam for Friesland to focus more on Frisian theatre and specific location theatre. In recent years she has focused in particular on theatre about pastoral life. This theme fascinates her. Together with Willy van Assen, she devised the community art project Molke 2.0, with the aim of bringing farmers and citizens into dialogue. Part of Molke 2.0 is the toddler dance performance De Molkwei. This plays on location on the farm for 5000 Frisian toddlers, who learn interactively during the performance where milk comes from. When Janneke was asked to be a dramaturg at CARGO with the theme 'globalisation of milk', she didn't hesitate for a moment. A job that fits her perfectly!
Dennis van Tilburg, sound artist (1975) is a musician, theatre maker and sound artist.
He specialises in a location-specific working method in which his work establishes a strong connection with place and time. He works on solo projects as well as on many collaborations. He has a fascination for (self) research into perception and consciousness.
He often uses a mix of old analog and new experimental techniques in his work. As a self-taught musician Dennis developed a unique playing style with a mix of electronics, live sampling and self-built instruments. His music balances on the border where it breaks up into chunks and where seemingly separate sounds unexpectedly form a wonderful harmony.
Jurjen Jellema, video artist.
'I am 26 years old and a both a photographer and a filmmaker. Being a sober Frisian I also think about images. Now image thinking is a wonderful quality to have when making images. Forming the image before it is captured. For example, I like to contribute to different kinds of stories, because that is image… telling a story.
I am also a real outdoors person. I like to go on adventures, be it walking, cycling or in my converted office on wheels; My bus. The nice thing about it is the people you meet with it. The contact you make and sometimes you get a glimpse into someone else's life. You can also call that a snapshot.
Willem Overwijk, truck driver. Born of Frisian parents in the Noordoostpolder and raised in Marknesse.
'I have 1 brother and 5 sisters of which I am the 5th. School and Willem was an unfortunate combination: in kindergarten I had already fought with the teacher. Ha Ha. Finally I started working as a co-driver on the truck when I was 16 years old. After obtaining my truck driving licence, I started driving internationally when I was 21.
During my marriage I became a proud father of 3 children and they all live in Friesland where I started living when I was 23. After my divorce in 1994, I went all out as a driver, traveling from home to faraway places for weeks.
Special transport was the best! This is all a bit more precise because of the dimensions of the load. In the last 10 years it has become less and less fun. Employers got Russians, Romanians, Poles etc. to do the long rides while the Dutch drivers stayed closer to home.
A dear girlfriend, moving house and peace of mind made me want to be home more and more. We live in a remote location amidst roe deer, fallow deer, foxes, badgers and who knows, soon wolves...... No one is bothered by us the other way around. We can go about our business.'
Louw Hacquerbord, truck driver. 'My name is Louwrens Hacquebord, I am usually referred to as Louw . I will soon be 76 and have been retired for six months.
When I turned 50 I took a Sabbatical. In that year I became restless again and started a transport company. Initially the transport of bulk goods. There is a lot of tension in this work and I like that. Through Europe with powdered goods such as milk powder / granulate / salt / sugar etc.
Then I got in touch with someone who was setting up humanitarian transports. That appealed to me, firstly the goal and secondly the adventure. I have seen all the countries of Eastern Europe with waiting times at the border.
I have driven from the far north of Norway to Antalya in Turkey and from St.Petersburg to Dublin in Ireland. I've taken every ferry in Europe, what more could you want.
CARGO Shanghai - Friesland is currently exploring this, if you want to hear more…definitely worth it.'
Tjalling Rodenhuis, farmer. Born in Rauwerd on 16-05-1966.
'In August of that year my parents moved to Jorwert and my father became a farmer on It Noard 1 in Jorwert. After primary school I went to the AOC in Leeuwarden and afterwards to the MAO in Leeuwarden. After military service I traveled to America for six months to milk on a farm in the state of Texas.
When I returned, I entered into a partnership with my father.
My father died in 1996 and I then continued the business with my mother. I took over the company in 2003 and live on the farm with my partner Nina Schaper and our sons Jelle (17 years) and Harm (13 years).
We milk 50 cows, now organically. I am a fan of meadow birds and our business operations are also aimed at trying to maintain the meadow birds.'
Klaas van Dijk, dairy farmer. 'My name is Klaas van Dijk, I was born 60 years ago in Wijk bij Duurstede. My parents had a mixed business there. In 1970 I moved with my parents and two sisters to Britswert, where we milked 40 cows in a group barn. In 1975 a cubicle barn was built where about 60 cows were milked. In the early 90's I took over the company from my parents.
In 2003 I married Janet, who brought four children from a previous marriage. We have three more sons together. The eldest four children have now flown the nest.
Because of the numbers of livestock and the hectares of land, we decided in 2010 to build a new barn for the dairy cows. The cows now have sufficient space and comfort. Our company is a family business. Janet works on a regular basis and the children jump in where necessary.'