Mouse or dragon

A hero's story



As you may already know....., you can buy anything in the grasshopper shop.

The shy little mouse actually wanted a pair of clean socks when she entered the shop. Instead, the grasshopper sells her an adventure right next door... And so the little mouse sets off on a scary and challenging adventure. Will she succeed in defeating the dragon? Will she survive to have a cup of tea with the grasshopper at the end of the day? And her socks...?

MOUSE OR DRAGON is inspired by the prose text "Herakles 2 oder die Hydra" by the East German writer Heiner Müller, which describes man's struggle against and with himself. To this atmosphere, infused with the power of struggle, Slagman adds the seemingly naïve characters from the animal stories of the well-known Dutch writer Toon Tellegen.
The result is a moving performance in which Fleur Dikken plays her cello with virtuosity and Jaap Slagman narrates, sings and dances. Together they are the story. A bombardment of images and events. As an audience member, you get tangled up like a mouse, you almost sink, but you come out lighter and changed.

Seemingly light entertainment that touches your soul through the layering of the performance.

technical details:

sets: 2 x 45 min.
audience: all ages

language: German, Englisch, Dutch
space: 5 x 5 meters
power supply: 220 v


These visual impressions were taken at at.tension festival 2019

An audience reaction at the at.tension festival in Lärz:


 "Message: Hello Jaap,
thank you for the heart-warming performance at the at.tension festival. After seeing your performance everything else we attended seemed just mediocre. We even left for the day later on because we were overwhelmed with emotions.
We should have saved your show for Sunday evening as the pinnacle and essence of the festival. Looking forward to see you on the next at.tension!
Take care & thank you so much,