The Dreamless


Welcome to Mars. You take a walk among the remains of an abandoned human colony. The residents who once settled here have disappeared without a trace. Strolling through the Pompeii of the future, you will hear a soundtrack of stories, music, conversations and live ambient sounds, led by a guide who has been left there. All the performances are in English as well!

In coproduction with Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, the Ulrike Quade Company will go on an archaeological discovery tour in Technostalgia in the dune landscape of Terschelling during Oerol, 14 to 23 June 2019. Here you’ll find more practical information about the performance.

Buy your tickets online: look herePlease note: the performance is not accessible for people with mobility problems or who are in a wheelchair. It is a walk through the dune landscape so make sure you have good hiking shoes (no flipflops).

What if all people disappear suddenly, can technology continue without us? Or would technology miss us?

Technostalgia takes you into the future. Mankind has left Earth and attempted to settle on Mars. But life on Mars appears much more hostile than imagined and everyone gets chronic nostalgia for Earth. Again man searches for a new place. Somewhere in infinity there must be a place where everything is good and beautiful?

A last servant left behind welcomes us. Together we walk through the remains of an abandoned world. He looks back with us at the fruitless attempts of man to shape a new world here. We are introduced to former Mars residents; a demented, pregnant young woman, a father whose child wants to play outside, a biologist with the task of growing edible food and a race-optimistic man. Through headphones we hear their stories, fragments of dialogues from the past, live ambient sounds and music, while we wander through the abandoned landscape.

Under the direction of Ulrike Quade, with music by composer duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, text by filmwriter Marcel Roijaards and the voice of actor Rick Paul van Mulligen, Technostalgia becomes an audio tour that takes you through the deserted landscape of Mars.


Director: Ulrike Quade
Musical concept & composition: Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
Text: Marcel Roijaards
Performers: Kenzo Kusuda, Alidtcha Binazon, Niels van Heijningen, Tom de Ronde
Dramaturgy: Thomas Lamers
Costume design: Carly Everaert
Scenography: Kevin Pieterse en Noor Stenfert Kroese o.l.v. Sacha Zwiers
Choreography: Kenzo Kusuda
Voice: Rick Paul van Mulligen
Assistant director: Suze van Miltenburg
Translation script: Arthur Eaton
Technique: Michael Yallop, Merijn Boers
Photography: Anouk van Kalmthout
Scene photo’s: Ben van Duin and Nichon Glerum

With thanks to: Academy of Theater and Dance (Amsterdam), Marijn Klaver, Dominic Kraemer, Markoesa Hamer, Sacha Muller, Marc Stoffels, Barnaby Savage, Alidtcha Binanzon, Tobias Brown, Noah Voelker, Gabriel Casanova Miralda, Felix Ruiter, Michaela Riener en Dyane Donck.

Technostalgia is made possible in part by: Performing Arts Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Municipality of Tilburg, Province of Noord-Brabant, Lira Fund and [ºº] elephantcandy


Een mars-enclave en de teloorgangvan het zeemansleven: Oerol is vol duistere toekomstvisoenen – De Volkskrant
18 juni 2019. ‘Een knap gemaakte geluidswandeling die de sfeer ademt van de zieke toekomst uit Netflix-serie Black Mirror’

Spelen in de beschermde natuur – Oerol Dagkrant
16 juni 2019 ‘We hadden vijf dagen om drie weken werk opnieuw te doen’

Kantelende perspectieven – het engagement van Oerol – Het Parool
15 juni 2019 ‘Door aandacht te geven aan het verhaal van een ander, ontstaat er ruimte voor nieuwe perspectieven op bekende vraagstukken’.

Cultuurtips voor deze week – De Volkskrant
15 juni 2019

Ga een blokje om en kom jezelf tegen – Oerol Dagkrant
14 juni 2019 ‘‘We leven in een overvolle, overprikkelde wereld, waarin we altijd maar vooruit willen komen en alles sneller en beter moet. We blijven maar veroveren, we zouden eigenlijk moeten stoppen met die grootheidswaanzin.’