DeRonde/Deroo (mind the spelling) is the collective of myself and Tom de Ronde.
We both studied at the Mime Academy in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. There, we found each other in our shared love for cinematic theatre in which the viewer is immersed in a surreal, absurd world with its own rules.
We started out when Tom was still in school. He called on a blue Monday asking me If I want to research something with him for two weeks. Just for fun. We found out that our different physicalities work really well when we hit the floor. What started with a small research, turned into an attempt to make something for the Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2021. After The Echo – a glittery ode to melancholy was created. We won the Fringe Award that year with our performance and since then we call ourselves a collective.
We distinguish ourselves by creating surreal worlds with our bodies and just a few attributes. Light and sound play a huge role in our performances. The whole atmosphere feels like movie scenes being edited together in front of your eyes.
And together with all players (people, attributes, light, sound and bodies), you step into a dreamworld. Sometimes scary, sometimes funny.
We start working from philosophical themes like melancholy or liminality and try to make it tangible for the viewer. Our iconoclastic images and mesmerizing physicalities give a feeling to something when words are not enough.
Next to each performance, we enrich our universe with filmic teasers. Together with Joshua Walter, we create these short clips in which we show you a 45 second movie based on each different theme. They are a DeRonde/Deroo signature.
We’re currently working on TRANSIT – fasten your seatbelt, there’s no estimated time of arrival. We will première the 18th of October in Bellevue Theatre in Amsterdam and will tour afterwards.