Animated Opera | Digital Stream


Streaming on demand Jan 5 - 15th 2023 | Live Screening followed by Artist conversation January 9th at 6pm at HERE DOT



An epidemic of addiction is raging in the world of mermaids. The mermaid Undine is addicted to hard plastic! In search of her daily dose, she ends up moving between an aquarium and a hydroponic garden in an apartment building in the middle of a city. There she meets the deeply unhappy Rodmenia, the wife of a tailor, and her neighbor Anselmo, an eccentric philosopher. Undine stays in the aquarium in Anselmo’s study, where she appeases her addictive hunger with plastic busts of famous philosophers.

Undine’s arrival shakes Rodmenia and Anselmo out of their respective ruts. The two neighbors become obsessed by the mermaid. Her magic world, in which she manipulates and seduces, stirs up an unprecedented desire for something glorious. Whereas Rodmenia sees this as a chance to escape her lonely, depressing existence and take charge of her own life, Anselmo sees Undine as a trophy, and the answer to the philosophic questions upon which his life has foundered. They each abandon themselves to their excessive desires, with far reaching consequences.

Produced by Stefanie Janssen for Stichting Wildermoed, Sjaron Minailo of Studio Minailo, Pádraig Fagan for Paper Panther Productions

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Stefanie Janssen

Sjaron Minailo

Michaël Brijs

Richard van Kruysdijk