Katja Dreyer & Karen Røise Kielland [DE/BE, NO]

Cry Me a River. The quest for the source

Cry Me a River. The quest for the source
Cry Me a River. The quest for the source

05.02 – 06.02.2020

An expedition to the source of the Styx has taken Karen Røise Kielland and Katja Dreyer to the heart of Greek mythology. This mythical river was thought to be the border between our upper world and the underworld. The water made Achilles immortal, made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection, and mere mortals lose their memory if they drink from it. Through images, objects, movement and stories, they reconstruct their extraordinary journey. They breathe new life into an old myth through numerous encounters with local residents and their stories about the river. The performance begins with multiplicity and chaos, but the closer to the source, the more order and monochrome silence begin to surface.

• Theatre maker Katja Dreyer lives and works in Brussels, and came to the Kaaistudios for the first time last season with Ophelia Comes to Brooklyn. Karen Røise Kielland co-founded Blood for Roses in Amsterdam during her studies at the Theaterschool. She’s mainly made site-specific performances, but lately also work for theatres and art spaces. A recurring theme is our strangely complex relationship to nature.


idea, direction and performance Karen Røise Kielland & Katja Dreyer | dramaturge Marit Grimstad Eggen | scenography Ole Martin Lund Bø | composition & music Jessica Sligter | lighting design Ingeborg Staxrud Olerud | co-production Buda, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Black Box teater | support Norsk Kulturråd, the Flemish Community, Fond for Utøvende kunstnere | thanks to Linda Theodoru, Danae Theodoridou, Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, Anastasia Efstathiou, The Norwegian Institute, Athens Panayotis and his mother, PACT Zollverein