Pointless International brings Poly-interpretability

Pointless International brings Poly-interpretability

discordia and 't barre land



The clowns are back in town!

Coco, Buster, Joey and their lovely stagehand Sugar return to the stage with a NEW collection of jokes, scenes and pantomimes, even funnier than last time. This new program has the beautiful title ‘POLY-INTERPRETABILITY’, because clowns are a matter of perspective! Prepare yourselves for The Clown in the Audience, for The Broken Mirror, other classical clownscenes like The Funnel and The Match and maybe even for some real animals. Elephants Strictly Forbidden! Language Big Problem! Very Welcome! See You There!"

Pointless International is an English speaking international clown performance presented by theater companies Maatschappij Discordia and ’t Barre Land. Theatre members Matthias de Koning, Jorn Heijdenrijk and Czeslaw de Wijs and Vincent van den Berg have joined forces to combine the best of the stage with the best of the circus.

Following the clowns' early 19th-century spread from Paris throughout Europe, Pointless International honors the classic clowns scenes with the same force, originality and intimacy as the original. Characterized by their theatrical and narrative nature, these scenes belong not to any of the clowns exclusively but to a collective repertory that all circus artists have been enriching for more than a hundred years.

Pointless International is a circus without lions, tigers, or bears. It has no trapeze artists, jugglers or acrobats. There are no horses, goats or piglets; Pointless International is a circus of clowns.

Pointless International does not shun careless fun and entertainment, but please be aware: Even clowns can’t be mere temporary shelters, creating a moment of standstill in falling down. In other words, the artistic craftsmanship of the clowns offers more than just superficial amusement. The content is the biggest joke (or with nothing less than clownish irony and referring to our name Pointless International could we add here that the lack of content is our content). To be a clown is an existential trial, or rather: clowns are an existential trial!

*** ‘It’s not only to laugh, but also admirable skillful and very clever thought about.’ 
(Karin Veraart, de Volkskrant, 16 juni 2014)

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**** ‘The four of them are grandiose: tragic and laughable, provocative and admirable, chaotic and insane.’
(Joukje Akveld, Parool, 16 juni 2014)

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**** ‘It's a hurricane, this sweet war of laughter.’
(Loek Zonneveld, Theaterkrant, 14 juni 2014)

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*** 'Pointless International is largely real clown theater full of virtuoso stunts and hilarious jokes with, admittedly, the occasional literary quotation.’ 
(Sara van der Kooi, Trouw, 16 juni 2014)

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**** ‘a serie of succeeded failures’