What is Operatie Tandwiel?
Operatie Tandwiel (Operation Cog) is an open heart operation, by kindred spirits on the sharp edge of the political, the contemporary and the invisible, gathered around theatermaker and performer sieger baljon (1981). Since 2003 baljon actively performs within the fields of poetry & sound, music, theatre and activism. In 2013 he finalized the Mime Opleiding at the Amsterdam Theaterschool, developing an animist inspired contemporary theatre practice that doesn't shy away from the political, nor from the spiritual. Fascinated by the analogy between the role of the artist and the social role of the shaman in premodern society, Operatie Tandwiel researches the borders between these roles, using animist concepts as theatrical material in a raw, contemporary context, opening up the inside of the strange machine we call the world. Operatie Tandwiel loves to shake loose old layers within the audience; with love for words or sounds, as well as physical disruption, tasting like freedom. Let's bring out our tools & get dirty.
Operatie Tandwiel has been causing trouble with the the entry of Black Claus (2014) and the corresponding performance, and played at northern festivals before with 'Incantations' (2019), 'ZIJN (2B/not 2B)' (2020), and in 2021 with 'SOURCECODE (this mob made me)'.
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