(a short biography for publication can be found in the Press Kit)
Annechien Koerselman has had a lifelong fascination for great stories. At four years old her mother taught her to read. Since she has devoured books, from Greek myths, fairy tales to contemporary literature. This fascination is also reflected in her theater work. On the one side she is staging myths (sometimes rewritten for theatre by herself such as The Flying Dutchman and Bonnie & Clyde), at other times they form an important source of inspiration for the concept and design of the performance.
For example, she staged the myths such as Atalanta by Peer Wittenbols (Oostpool, 2004), Bluebeard by Dea Loher (The Frequency/Atelier d., 2004) and The Flying Dutchman (Het Vervolg, 2006) for which she also wrote the text herself. For Bout'chou - 4 seasons (Philharmonie Luxembourg, 2014/2015) she created a world full of fairy tale images and music, in which the adventueres of the little fairy Choupinette could come to life. Connection through literature and visual art is also the most important source of inspiration in her music-theatrical approach. In case of Fireface by Marius von Mayenburg (Theatre at the Spui, 2008) Annechien used Baroque music for her sounddesign to connect Heaven and Hell in a musical theatrical way.
Above all, music is the common thread in all her work.