The Mountain of Fear

2020   Ritualistic Theatre

Suppose there is a physical space between life and death, a mountain, a place of pilgrimage for anyone who has lost someone or who fears death. A mountain that you can physically climb, visit and then leave.

'Accompanied by classical guitar, three puppeteers dance with a lifelike puppet through its last journey on earth.'

People may use objects to get a better understanding of themselves. We use them as children when we play, but also as adults in rituals. When we see someone performing with such an object as an audience, we can reflect on ourselves. The Mountain of Fear is a performance that came into being after research on puppetry and commemoration. When does an object tell us something about our humanity or about our vulnerability? And how can we treat our surroundings more like an object, so we can use it to project our feelings onto it? This performance tries to explore these questions.

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Ritualistic theatre


50 minutes


Dutch (English and French available)


KASKO Huis voor muziektheater, De Nieuwe Oost & Ulrike Quade Company

Cast & Crew

  • Concept & text: Tim Hammer
  • Scenography: Juliette Mout
  • Costumes: Eleftheria Lavdaki
  • Stage director: Floor van Leeuwen
  • Guitar: Roel Goedhart
  • Performance: Ruben Mardulier, Suze van Miltenburg, Tim Hammer
  • Puppetmaker: Matt Jackson
  • Advice: Ulrike Quade
  • Production assistant: Annemarie Bakker
  • Technique: Edwin Smits
  • Trainee dramaturgy: Jaïr Buisman
  • Trainee text: Femke Zwiep
  • Photography: Erik Franssen

Provincie Overijssel

Provincie Gelderland

Fonds Podiumkunsten

Stichting Dioraphte

Music, Theater, Puppetry and writings