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HD video


Non spoken



As is often the case with Koen Theys, a performance for a live audience is the starting point of his films. For Serial Drummer Girls he brought together thirty young female extras, including percussionists and singers, on a stage specially designed for this event. Music, more specifically, Western atonal, modern classical music, is central to this film. In this film, Theys tries to interweave sound and image as naturally as possible. To achieve this, he worked with ChampdAction, a production platform with years of experience in setting up multidisciplinary, experimental sound projects.


Serial Drummer Girls is the final part of a film trilogy in which music forms the constant thread. The first part, Death Fucking Metal, starts with rock and heavy metal music. In part II, My Dragon Brother, Chinese opera music is central, and as already mentioned, the final part, Serial Drummer Girls, revolves around Western atonal, modern classical music. The musical forms still exist, but their originally relevant content and context have been lost. They have become empty zombie-like shells and it is for this reason that they can together be called the ‘zombie trilogy’.


The film was screened or exhibited at:


  • Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE) 2016



  • Produced by Escautville and ChampdAction

  • Coproduced by deSingel

  • With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)



  • Concept, Cinematography and Editing: Koen Theys

  • Executive Producers: Pauline Jocque, Vincent Stroep

  • Musical advice: Serge Verstockt

  • Coaching percussion: Marcel Andriessen 

  • Coaching voices: Rolande Van der Paal

  • Voices: Noemie Beeldens, Ana Naqe

  • Musical Hostesses: Camilla Ardui, Maïly Beyrens, Lisa Deckers, Birgit Eecloo, Zoë Hannebau, Fay Herregodts, Juicy Dune IJsselmuiden, Karolien Jansen, Regina Janzen,Olga Kunicka, Clara Lissens, Céline Mathieu, Frederike Migom, Yemo Park, Anouk Peeters, Sophy Ribrault, Valgerður Sigurðardóttir, Yinthe Toussaint, Muriel Garcia Urquidi, Lissa Van der Auwera, Myrthe Van der Mark, Yasmin Van Der Rauwelaert, Annelies Van Dinter, Liese van Hove, Lore van Roelen, Ianthe van Veen, Sari Veroustraete


  • Camera: Ilke De Vries, Vincent Hagnauer, Koen Theys, Stef Van Looveren 

  • Sound design: Istvan Leel-Lôssy


  • Costumes: Andrea Kränzlin, Bas Bossaerts en Amber de Saeger

  • Make-Up: Kaatje Van Damme

  • Hair dressing: Evie Hamels


  • Stage: Omgevingen bvba

  • Assistant: Rogier de Maker


  • Light preparation: Christophe Vancraenenbroeck, Pim Loos, Ivo Steurs, Dimitri Daggelinckx, Sam Windmolders, Philip De Witte

  • Light performance: Dimitri Daggelinckx, Philip De Witte, Ivo Steur


  • Catering: Poor Pepi

  • Set photography: Elly Strik


  • Percussion instruments by deFilharmonie, Nationaal Orkest van België 

  • Video screens by Vidi-Square 


Serial Drummer Girls, 2016 | excerpt

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