Ambient Theatre Fury

Anna Franziska Jäger (BE) / Nathan Ooms (BE) / CAMPO
Wed 7 Dec ’22 and Thu 8 Dec ’22
The Death Of Dialogue and How To Avoid It.
Wed 7 Dec ’22
Thu 8 Dec ’22

Two people, and a frantic desire for an encounter.
In perpetually anguished attempts to connect, saying ‘you’ is locked in an endless echo of an ‘I’.
But they, and their emotions, are real, fleshed out in their striving bodies!
Under a flood of smartness lurks a heap of insecurity.
How little it takes and yet so unreachable it seems to leave one’s own ego-chamber and construct something else, a relation with another. 


With Ambient Theatre Fury, Anna Franziska Jäger and Nathan Ooms continue their artistic research into the relationship between digital media and subjectivity in crisis. After Bartlebabe, which unraveled the individual in a virtuoso monologue, Ambient Theatre Fury marks the next step: the search for a dialogue between flamboyant and anxious subjectivities.

Jäger and Ooms start from the observation that contemporary culture is increasingly pervaded by so-called 'ambient' experiences. Netflix series, popular songs, but also the streams of our social media feeds: this ambience arises from a specific intersection of frivolous pleasure with banal seduction. All this clamor generates a form of absence; it is a type of pseudo-activity that numbs the sense of time and demands a certain stillness from the subject. What happens when this ambient quality is magnified and amplified, gliding nervously or raging furiously across the scene?

  • 60 minutes
  • In English
  • Dutch premiere Dec 7
  • Part of the We Are Public program on Dec 8

About the artists

Anna Franziska Jäger (1996) is a theatre maker, actress and performer who obtained her master degree in Drama at KASK School of Arts in Ghent in 2020. Bartlebabe, which was created as Anna Franziska’s graduation piece and eventually premiered in CAMPO Ghent (2021), is the third collaboration with former classmate Nathan Ooms and for which they received the Mathilde Horlait-Dapsens prize. Together they also created As a matter of fiction (2018) and Some Things Last A Long Time (2019). They are currently working on their new creation Ambient Theatre Fury (premiere CAMPO, March 2022). 

As a performer she worked with Michiel Vandevelde for the performances Love Songs (Veldeke) (fABULEUS, 2013) and Human Landscapes - Book I (2018); with company Desnor for Toverberg (2019); with tibaldus for Madmen & Specialists (2020); with Carly Rae Heathcote for The Incantation Ploy (2021) and with Nathan for his graduation piece The Honey House (2021) at P.A.R.T.S..

She’s part of Ne mosquito pas, a performance platform founded in 2019 for performance artists who want to exploit their failed ideas and bad taste to make them even worse, in the format of a short solo performance, organising events in off-space venues in Brussels and other cities.

As an actress in cinema, she played the lead character in the film My Queen Karo (2009) by Dorothée Van Den Berghe, as well as more recently in Cleo (2019) by Eva Cools, for which she received the Rising Star Award at the Alice Nella Citta film festival in Rome. She acted in shortfilms like Braided Love (2018) by Rand Abou Fakher and Come Here (2020) by Marieke De Zwaan.
She has written articles and essays about theatre, acting and digitalisation for Etcetera, magazine for performing arts, and Sabzian, an online platform for writing on cinema and image culture.  

Nathan Ooms (1996) is a performer, theatre and dance maker. He obtained his bachelor (2018) and master (2019) degree in Drama at KASK School of Arts, Ghent. During these studies he did an Erasmus exchange at the Academy for Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam, and an internship with choreographer Ula Sickle where he worked on the performance Relay (2018). In 2019 he enrolled in the master program in choreography STUDIOS at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, where he graduated in 2021 with the performance The Honey House. 
Together with Anna Franziska Jäger, he created the performances Bartlebabe (2021), Some Things Last A Long Time (2019) and As a matter of fiction (2018). In 2021 they presented the performative installation Out of Office at the exhibition EXTRACTIONS by Kris Verdonck/A Two Dogs Company. Currently they are collaborating on a new production, titled Ambient Theatre Fury, premiering 30th March 2022 at CAMPO, Ghent. 
In 2019, Nathan was one of the initiating artists of Ne mosquito pas, a performance platform inviting artists to create short solo performances starting from their bad taste, deleted scenes and worst ideas. As a performer, Nathan has collaborated with choreographer Marc Vanrunxt for the piece Drawings (2019) and the dance film Adagio (2021), a collaboration between Vanrunxt and visual artist Stef Van Looveren. He also danced in the work FERAL (2021) by Lydia McGlinchey.  

For the opening of Het Theaterfestival edition 2021, Nathan and Anna Franziska were invited to write the State of the Youth opening speech.  

van & met Anna Franziska Jäger & Nathan Ooms kostuums, scenografie & inside eye Carly Rae Heathcote dramaturgie Bojana Cvejić tekst-coaching Bryana Fritz techniek Koen Goossens & Rune Floryn productie CAMPO coproductie TAZ & Sabam For Culture – Jong Werk beurs TAZ, Kunstenwerkplaats Brussel met de steun van VGC & De Grote Post Oostende