Can’t Stop Motion


Inspired by a manifesto by Jean Tinguely and based on the paradoxical idea that the nature of reality is always in a constant state of flux, an audience is invited to take part in actively observing that ‘movement’.

Oerol, Terschelling The audience is split into two groups and asked to walk, one by one, while focusing on a person in the distance, as if watching their mirror image. The installation can be read as a monumental metronome. A form is created in the landscape that appears to be static but in fact changes with the movement of the audience.
The design of the installation is inspired by the ‘sjouw’ / time ball that is located on Terschelling.

Over’t IJ, Amsterdam – After actively creating a movement with the visitors in the landscape of Terschelling, it is an existing motion which is observed in Amsterdam. The audience gathers at the point where the ferry comes and goes to witness the iterative movement of passengers arriving, boarding and departing.


Can’t Stop Motion was created as part of het Atelier, a project of Oerol and Over het IJ festival in collaboration with Felix Schellekens. The result was a site-specific work developed in the urban environment of the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam North and in the natural landscape of Terschelling.


Everything is in motion yet at the same time nothing changes—it almost sounds like a reassurance in today’s world, which many people feel moves ‘too fast’. Time, space and encounter intermingle here gently and unspectacularly and with that, Can’t Stop Motion truly offers a sense of place-time-connection – something many theatre makers aspire to, but few succeed in.


Evelyne Coussens in Theaterkrant | 11 Jun 2017

Read the full review here (at the end of the article)

In collaboration

Felix Schellekens, Erik van de Wijdeven, Maurice Bogaert, Alexandra Broeder, Oerol, Over het IJ Festival


2017  9 – 19 Jun  Oerol, Terschelling (NL)
2017  14 – 23 Jul  Over het IJ Festival Amsterdam (NL)

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