Stories of masks

Artists: Lara Ricote, Pleun van Vliet & Sem ten Haaf, Sia Cyrroes




Duration: 60 min

Start: 14:30

End: 15:30

Location: Studio

Price: € 12.50


*Since we are in a theatre, we will ask for your COVID QR-code at the entrance.

About the show:

Three independent performances, each investigating this year’s theme of the festival: masks. From the story of Procrustes and the strive for perfection, to the stories of trauma and searching for the roots of sexual attraction… What is left once all the masks come off?


 My friend, my mask (Lara Ricote)

She was born in a world where masks were commonplace. This is a story of a girl who learned of hers, and decided to try to remove it.  


Ocean (Sia Cyrroes)


In a world where you are taught that you are either gay, straight, bi, whatever you are… Sia learns about his sexual preferences. He falls in love with a woman who has a different world of sex. Then he has to ask himself: what is attraction?



ONESIZE – The story of Procrustes (Pleun van Vliet & Sem ten Haaf)

“Everything that does not fit me perfectly, hurts the person I think I am” 


ONESIZE tells five different interpretations of the legend of Procrustes, the cruel innkeeper of Korydallos. Procrustes invited passer-bys into his tavern and put them to rest in his iron bed. If the guests were too tall for the bed, Procrustes cut off a part of their limbs. Were the guests too short, Procrustes would stretch them until they fit.

The legend of Procrustes points us to the catastrophic consequences of the way we violently subject the world, other people, and ourselves to random, yet ironclad ideals of perfection on a daily basis. What is the essence of true equality? Does noble progress always demand victims? Is violence a necessary ingredient for a recognizable identity? Or is violence the mask that hides our true nature?


This performance will be accompanied by live soundscaping.




Lara Ricote is a small Mexican-Spanish-American storyteller and stand-up comedian living, studying and performing comedy and improv in Amsterdam. She’s a guiltless and funky storyteller who often gets political in her jokes. Lara’s been performing in both English and Spanish across Europe for the past few years. Her art touches on being a latinx with identity issues, her debacle with womanhood, and constant questions about and around dealing with having a (dis)ability.


Sia Cyrroes is an actor that appeared in several tv-shows and movies. He studies theater in Amsterdam, and now, since he is in his final year of studying, he has more time for his passion — storytelling. Last year he made a storytelling show together with Selin Akkulak directed by Raphael Rodan, called Salt & Fire.


Pleun van Vliet is a Dutch psychologist-turned-storyteller who loves to bring typical background characters and other ‘odd ones out’ to the center stage. In retelling the stories you know from an outsider perspective you had never imagined, she invites you to find a place in your heart for all those who are ‘other’.

Sem ten Haaf is always on the lookout for fresh insights and an opportunity to play. As a Dutch theater-maker, storyteller and sound designer with a passion for adventurous and heroic stories, he loves to cross disciplinary boundaries.



ONESIZE – The story of Procrustes:

Concept, text & performance: Pleun van Vliet

Live soundscape: Sem ten Haaf

Advice & direction: Stefan van Wageningen

Many thanks to: Barbara, Caroline, Harrie, Jochem, Kris Anne, Mimi, Richard



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