The Village of Europe

Dit is ús doarp.
Ons Dorp.
Our village.
Unser Dorf.
Nasza wioska.

Wolkom op it plattelân! Dit is ús doarp. Ons Dorp. Our village Unser Dorf. Nasza wioska. Us doarp tusken de greiden. Oan de grutte marren. Nestled among grassy fields. Aan de machtige rivier. Gdzie mozesz poczuc zapach morza. All’ ombra delle montagne. Neben dem dunklen wald. Bosken om in te ferdwalen…

Welcome to the Village. Village where you live, where you work, where your family is or where you sometimes go to on holiday.

Welcome to Europe. Europe where you live, where you work, where your family is or where you sometimes go to on holiday.

Where do you feel at home? What is it that connects you to ‘home’? Do you feel Dutch, English, German or Polish or can you also feel European..? Welcome to The Village of Europe! The place where nine villagers in all the languages they can speak, sing, play and dance about the girl who is searching for a home, traveling from village to village looking for a place she can give birth safely. From the perspective of a village culture we’re out on a quest what links and identifies us and what makes us feeling ‘home’.

Come, join us, in the places where people live and work and where the future will be born!

The Village of Europe is a dynamic theaterplay, inspired by myths, history and modern views on today’s society, questioning whether ‘home’ is different for all of us or whether it’s the thing that connects us all.

Tryater is taking this colourful production to villages and cities in Friesland. Tryater’s production of Elkenien is in prutser was performed at unusual locations in Fryslân and Wereldburgers van de Voorstreek was, of course, performed on the street Voorstreek in Leeuwarden, and now with Village Europe Tryater will be performing across the whole of Fryslân in local companies with international connections.

This multilingual production is part of the Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018 programme and can be understood by non-Frisian speakers.


Ira Judkovskaja | Eline de Vries | Eelco Venema (tekstbijdrage) | Peter Sijbenga | Beppe Costa | Aly Bruinsma, Sjoerd Blom, Beppe Costa, Romke Gabe Draaijer | Klaus Jürgens, Marjolein Ley, Eva Meijering, Brecht Wassenaar, Sonia Zwolska | Elze van den Akker | Linda Eijssen | Koos de Vries |
Aly Bruinsma
Beppe Costa
Marjolein Ley
Eva Meijering
Klaus Jürgens
Sjoerd Blom
Romke Gabe Draaijer
Brecht Wassenaar
Sonia Zwolska


"Prachtig weemoedige voorstelling over gemeenschapszin."

"Wervelend spel en indringende teksten. De tekst van Venema grenst aan poëzie."

— Theaterkrant, 2018

"Intrigerende contrasten"

— Leeuwarder Courant, 2018

"Prachtig vormgegeven, onderhoudend, weinig pretentieus, diep betekenisvol en een mienskip-stuk pur sang. Een ode aan het dorp, de dorpeling als wereldburger en een alzijdige verbinding. Kippenvel."

— Friesch Dagblad, 2018

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Proloog Dorp Europa in de huiskamer