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Four-channel video installation for the music theatre performance, Earth Diver.


Catrysse's film Outpost (2018) had its first existence in an arrangement for the music theatre performance Earth Diver (2016), a production by Muziektheater Transparant and ChorWerk Ruhr for the Ruhrtriennale. Co-produced by Klarafestival, Operadagen Rotterdam, MAfestival, B’Rock Orchestra and Escautville. The film was made with the support of The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

"We are living in a global crisis. But how should we deal with it? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk warns us of “the ghost of religion” and tells us to change our lives ourselves without waiting for God’s help. Slavoj Žižek, on the other hand, compares our thinking and actions now at the end of time to a grieving process in which we have to work through several stages, from rejection and anger before finding acceptance. The music theatre work, Earth Diver, directed by Wouter Van Looy, and including a video installation by Wim Catrysse, seeks to immerse itself in this mood, combining philosophical ideas through music, literature and images."

The theatre performance was staged at

  • Ruhrtriennale (World premiere), Essen (DE), 2016

  • Concertgebouw (Belgian premiere), Brugge (BE), 2017

  • Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam (NL), 2018

  • Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (NL), 2018

  • deSingel, location: Interescaut, Schelle (BE), 2018


  • Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and ChorWerk Ruhr for the Ruhrtriennale

  • Co-produced by Klarafestival, Operadagen Rotterdam, MAfestival, B’Rock Orchestra and Escautville.


  • Concept and Direction: Wouter Van Looy

  • Performer / Vocalist: Phil Minton

  • Continuo: B'Rock Continuo-Gruppe | Organ: David Van Bouwel | Lute: Wim Maeseele | Double bass: Tom Devaere

  • Composers: Heinrich Schütz, Nikolaus Brass

  • Musical direction: Florian Helgath

  • Choir: Chorwerk Ruhr

  • Author: Paul Verrept

  • Video installation: Wim Catrysse

  • Light: Peter Quasters

  • Stage design: Wim Catrysse, Peter Quasters

  • Soundscapes: David Van Bouwel

  • Costume: Johanna Trudzinski

  • The film was made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


Short trailer

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