Obsession often goes hand in hand with shame, vulnerability and taboo. It applies to each layer of society, yet is often not acknowledged. HipSicknatus Monstrosus experiments with what will happen to people when they end up in an uncomfortable situation. What does one do when there is no way out? Ease makes way for Discomfort. Discomfort gives way to Fear, Indifference and perhaps Curiosity? Different reactions…… and yet so recognizable.
An extremely visual performance in which physical play, submission and identification play a major role.


“HipSicknatus Monstrosus is like a classical collection of curiosities and feels like visual art. Four curious characters caged within their obsessions. The music stimulates, gruff lightning playing along. Being spectator you prefer not to be seated. Either you want to leave the show, or you want to appraoch the cages, watch the characters up close.”
– Frank Koenen, Artistic Director, Festival Mooi Weer Spelen, Delft (NL)


Year: 2013
Concept & Directed by: Nadîja Roza Broekhart
Movement Director: Tjarda van Straten
Performance: Merel ten Holt, Nadîja Roza Broekhart, Tjarda van Straten, Anka Pajor
Music & Light: Stefan Julizar
Video: Dave Vriens
Special Thanks to: Vleer Echevarria, Marijse Bres, Elisabeth Enthoven, Chris Kattepis, Nynke Gabeler, Taufan Terweel, Stephanie Pan, Kristel Keuren, Eva Biemans, Steven Pontolaeng, Anouk Overeijnder, Sanne Vaghi, Linda Klootwijk