ShELFISH produces and presents interdisciplined theatre with a social-political involvement. The projects define themselves in co-creating an event of theatre with its spectator; co-creating a common time and space to share and reflect on complex and difficult sides of our individual and shared existence and environment.
The projects offspring from uncomfortable, confronting, intimate, moving yet unavoidable questions emerging from subjects straight out of the heart of society.
ShELFISH beliefs in theatre as place to discover things you don’t know yet or you don’t want to know. We see theatre as an opportunity of common solidarity to judge what happens around, an opportunity to question our laws and behaviour.
ShELFISH is a Groningen-based theatre organization with artistic leadership by actor/director Veerle Van Overloop, in close dialogue with dancer/choreographer Olympia Kotopoulos and dramaturg Judith Blankenberg. Together with Karlijn Vermeij for communication/marketing and business producer Frits Selie, they form the core team.
Founded by Veerle Van Overloop in 2017, ShELFISH received support from the talent development program Station Noord between 2017 and 2020, subsequently transitioning to Grand Theatre Ontwikkelinstelling.
ShELFISH has its own workspace in the collective socio-artistic breeding ground Het Werk in Groningen. Additionally, depending on the form, we make use of existing infrastructure in the performing arts landscape by collaborating with residency programs, theatres, co-producers, and production houses. The creations find their way to different locations and various stages through these partnerships.
ShELFISH is an associated artist at Grand Theatre Groningen and receives structural financial support from the Proven Talent Scheme of the Municipality of Groningen.