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URLAND is the name of a Dutch theatre company located in Rotterdam, founded in 2010. The group consists of four young people: Ludwig Bindervoet, Thomas Dudkiewicz, Marijn Alexander de Jong, Jimi Zoet. They are inspired by techno en deathmetal, introducing lasers, and foam machines.

mu' mu' mu'

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scene from the play, displaying the word: WOORD
On March 4th, 2020, they premiered with their play named mu' mu' mu' (word, word, word). The play is a dadistic de-construction of language in general and includes parts from the Klingon Hamlet and the Klingon version of the Hamletmachine (orig. "Die Hamletmaschine"), a play written in 1977 by German playwright and theatre director Heinrich Müller. The play is mostly presented in Klingon, with English and Dutch surtitles.(1) The Klingon was translated by Lieven L. Litaer.

The title of the play is based on a phrase from Hamlet act II, scene II:
Polonius: What do you read my lord? nuq DalaD joHwI'?
Hamlet: Words, words, words. mu', mu', mu'.

Production history

The idea was born when the group found out about the Klingon Hamlet in 2016. They visited the 25th qep'a' in 2018 and talked to Klingon creator Marc Okrand and many other enthousiastic Klingonists to find a better understanding of the language. According to their website, the group "spontaneously became lovingly extremist and now makes a visual performance about language. URLAND wants to make language tangible: the confusion, the (de-)construction, the beauty and the ugliness."

At the end of 2019, they contacted Lieven L. Litaer to make a Klingon translation of Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine.

During further creation process, which is always a constant flow in this group, they decided to not simply do a one-to-one presentation of the original play, but instead only use parts of it, in a mix with other phrases, like those from Hamlet.

The play premiered on March 4, 2020 and was played 5 times (see below) before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the theatres to be closed. Since then, the play was never played again.

For the play not to be lost entirely, the group decided to create a movie version of the play as a stream from their website. This was published on June 21st, 2021.(2)

Group members

Additional members of the production are
production leader Sarah Steeman
graphics Ruben Verkuylen
publicity Esra J. Merkel
business leader Jens Besse
masks Julia Warmerdam, Leo Maliepaard

Tour dates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic which was announced mid-march 2020, first some of the plays, then the entire tour was cancelled.
3 March Theater Rotterdam (try out) played
4 March Theater Rotterdam (Premiere) played
5 March Theater Rotterdam played
7 March Corrosia Theater, Almere played
11 March Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem played
12 March Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem played
13 March De Lawei, Drachten canceled
18 March Theater Frascati, Amsterdam canceled
19 March Theater Frascati, Amsterdam canceled
20 March Theater Frascati, Amsterdam canceled
21 March Theater Frascati, Amsterdam canceled
25 March Vrijhof Cultuur, Enschede canceled
26 March De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg canceled
27 March Toneelschuur, Haarlem canceled
28 March Toneelschuur, Haarlem canceled
1 April LUX, Nijmegen canceled
2 April De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort canceled
3 April Theater Ins Blau, Leiden canceled
16 April Chassé Theater, Breda canceled
23 April Theater Kikker, Utrecht canceled
24 April Theater Kikker, Utrecht canceled
25 April Theater Kikker, Utrecht canceled
8 May Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag canceled
9 May Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag (dernière NL) canceled
15 May Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Antwerpen (première BE) canceled
16 May Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Antwerpen (dernière BE) canceled

See also


1 : mu' mu' mu', on, retrieved on March 01, 2020

2 : mu’ mu’ mu’, the movie on retrieved June 19, 2021

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