Besides an online program on The Imaginary Island for the public, this year Oerol offered the opportunity for several makers to work on new projects for a renewed Festival in a 'post-covid' society. This took shape in three ways under the name Oerol Next: Oerol Lab, residencies and the editing of performances.
Fourteen young, talented makers participated in Oerol Lab during the past week. Together with the program team of Oerol they investigated the meaning of location theater. All disciplines of (performing) arts came together in Oerol Lab: dance, visual arts, spoken word, music, food as an art form, etc. With the presence of a deaf visual artist, assisted by two interpreters, the group embraced a new language.
In addition, several other creators were present on the island for residencies and editing performances that will be played elsewhere later this year (such as Paulien Cornelisse, Ritzah Statia, Shifft, De Dansers, Hendrik Aerts, Esther Kokmeijer, Mezrab, Gouden Haas, Lisette Ma Neza, etc.). Amber Docters van Leeuwen worked on her performance SOLO#1, which can be seen on June 24 and 25 during Oerol Spoelt Aan in Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. Diederik Kreike, Nora Ramakers and Lunatics & Poets worked on their new performances in Het Atelier, which can be seen at Over het IJ Festival in July.
Based on the motto 'Oerol as a workshop for a liveable future', in 2021 the organization put the focus on the creation process of the makers. After a period of stagnation, there is a great need among theater makers and artists to continue developing and shaping new plans and to test them among peers. Through the Lab and the facilitation of residencies and montages on the island, Oerol offered makers an opportunity for further development, experimentation and interesting crossovers. Oerol expects to organize another physical Festival in 2022 in which this line, in addition to the regular program, will be continued.