About growing and growing up. About thinking about the future and looking back on how things were. Learning, experiencing, changing.
A long time ago, somewhere on earth, people thought that life was like a piece of wool. Imagine it was true. What would it be like? A long thread full of thoughts? Or would you simply be able to knit a lovely jumper from it? And what would happen when you grew? Would the jumper get smaller? Or would it grow with you? Would you unravel it to make a new one? A nicer one? And what if that ball of wool gets tangled? Would that mean your thoughts would get tangled too?
Knitting is about this sense of amazement. About growing and growing up. About thinking about the future and looking back on how things were. Learning, experiencing, changing. Follow your own yarn of wool and see where you end up…
Knitting is a poetical play, with lots of music and only few words. A play in which all young children can understand the language being used, be it imagery, music or words. Frisian words, but also words from the audience’s language.
‘Apart from being very funny, Knitting is also very moving. The infants were as quiet as mice during the touching scene of a small, curled up grandma dying in the arms of her grandchild (,,Sa’n grutte jongen bisto wurden’’). Their mouths just fell open.’ [Kirsten van Santen about Knitting. Leeuwarder Courant 12 March 2016]
Duration: 40 minutes
Language: Frysian (minimal usage of language) mixed with English. (Or another requested language)
Crew: 3 actors, 1 technical member
Age: 4 – 6 years
Dimensions: 7m L x 8m W x 2,80m H
Costs: 1 performance €600 , 2 performances a day €1000,- excl. travel and accomodation expenses (negotiable)
Tryater performs theatre in and from Friesland for adults, youth and children. We act in and with the Frisian language, using it as a source of inspiration in the multilingual reality of Friesland. Tryater takes theatre to a wide public, offering an artistic experience, an opening for nuanced reflection, encounters and dialogue. To a large degree, Tryater creates the conditions for vibrantly and sustainably developing the cultural climate in Friesland and the north of the Netherlands. Tryater presents itself as deeply rooted in the area. The exchange of thoughts between the players and the audience is intensive, and we not only meet our public in theatres, but also in village halls, sports halls and schools. By performing on location we invite people to experience their everyday surroundings in a new way. This ‘Tryater way of working’, of connecting with our surroundings, forms the core of what we stand for and it’s what makes us unique in the world of theatre. Our youth theatre encourages curiosity, free thinking and the powers of the imagination. Tryater is a company subsidised by the Dutch government. Ira Judkovskaja (Moskou, 1975) has been the artistic director since 2008.