Nathan Ooms en Anna Franziska Jäger

Nathan Ooms (b. 1996) is earning his Master in Drama at the School of Arts|KASK Ghent in June 2019. In 2018, he worked with Anna Franziska Jäger to make the production As a matter of fiction, which offered a theatrical mirror to the novel Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig. The following year, the two worked together on Some Things Last A Long Time, which serves as Nathan’s graduation project. Although the collaboration between Nathan and Anna Franziska thrives on their mutually divergent interests within theatre, they find common ground in the importance they both place on the body as a measure for relating to the world, and in the question of how fiction can serve as a means to address the abstract. Apart from this, Nathan trained under Ula Sickle, where he helped work on the production Relay (2018) and appeared in the production Drawings by Marc Vanrunxt in the 2018-2019 season.

Anna Franziska Jäger (b. 1996) is currently working on her Master in Drama at the School of Arts|KASK Ghent. With Nathan Ooms, she made the production As a matter of fiction (2018), based on the book Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig. In her second year, Anna Franziska made the show Pornografie with the actor Joeri Happel. With Michiel Vandevelde, she worked on the productions Love Songs (Veldeke) at fABULEUS (2013) and Human Landscapes - Book I (2018). She appeared as a performer in Een Orgie (2017) by Martijn Gielen and Moya De Feyter (for the Villanova Festival in DE Studio) and in Bêt Noir (2006) by Wim Vandekeybus, with a script by Jan Decorte. She substituted for one of the lead roles in Het Land Nod by FC Bergman while the show was playing in Paris (2017). Besides acting in the feature film My Queen Karo (2009) by Dorothée Van Den Berghe, she has been in films such as Booster (2014) by Daniel Lambo and Cleo, a film by Eva Cools which is coming out in 2020. In addition, she has appeared in various short films, including Braided Love (2018) by Rand Abou Fakher.

Anna Franziska Jäger: “As a young theatre maker, I am interested in conceptually examining the tension between fictitious and non-fictitious realities on the one hand, and the tension between the presence and non-presence of things on the other hand. Making theatre also always involves the act of looking and the investigation of theatre as a medium. Physicality is always the core of my performance; I consider the body to be an instrument. In connection with that, I’m also interested in the influence of camera on the body. I also sometimes try to articulate these ideas about performing, film and theatre in writing, always based on my own experience.”

Some things last a long time