workshops for children and performance
Saturday 19/06, 12:00-16:30
Mark tells us about the workshops - what does your dreamland look like?
About the workshops
Dromeland Express is a series of workshops for children. Every workshop is designed for
a different age category. The idea is to give the children inspiring input and then let
them transform that into their own imaginary space / work of art.
That work of art will then be the input for the next group, who will take that input and
The end results of the workshops will feed into a performance, created by Mark Opfer in collaboration with various artists.
A 11.00 - 12.00 Visual workshop, ages 5-8
During the visual workshop (age 5-7) the children will be told the story of the Dromeland
Express and the land of dreams. Then they are tasked to create a collage of their favorite
place in Dromeland. They will work with pencil and paper, glue, scissors and magazine-
illustrations. Using this collage-technique the children will be able to quickly create
something that is inspiring.
B 13.00 - 14.30 Storytelling workshop, ages 8-10
In the second workshop the children (age 8 – 10) will be asked to look at the Dromeland-
collages, choose their favorite and create a story about featuring that place: what is
happening there? Who lives there? What is the coolest part about it?
When the stories are done they will be recorded on video.
C 15.00 - 17.00 Sound design workshop, ages 10-12
In the third workshop the children (age 10-12) will be told the stories made earlier and then
asked the question: what does Dromeland sound like?
The children will work in teams of 2 to record the soundtrack of their imaginary space. Using
a recording device, all sorts of random and interesting attributes and most importantly the
human voice, they will create the sounds that characterize their favorite part of Dromeland.
On Sunday, Mark will take the (audio) input created by the workshop-participants and use it
for an expansive soundscape inspired by Dromeland.
At the end of the day, this soundscape will be the basis for the life performance “Reis door
het land van je dromen“ for which Mark invites movement artists and improvisers (musicians)
to collaborate and create a spontaneous composition: to respont to the soundscape, alongside word-layers by Mark.
Inspiration by Mark Opfer
Every night when we close our eyes we enter the Dromeland Direct, the train to the fabled
Land of Dreams. Its steam engine bellows out clouds of cotton candy, the conductor is a
friendly bear with an eye patch and the vendor sells everchanging lemonade, that not only
changes colour, but also transforms the person drinking it in random animals. Just think of
the fun you can have in the train! But the greatest thing about the Dromeland Direct is that
it takes you to Dromeland, the Land of Dreams – an infinite space with endless possibilities.
The capital of Dromeland is Emerald City, and you have to wear sunglasses when you go out
or be blinded by the sparkles of its ruby roads. Up north is Big Rock Candy Mountain, where
the lemonade flows out of the springs, the tree’s grow the best toys and the mountains itself
are made of chocolate. Down south is Adventure Forrest, where a human sized white rabbit
hands out quests and in Motown-village the best scientists of Dromeland work tirelessly to
make the most fantastic inventions: hoover boards, galactic brained robot friends and rarest
of all, a sentient being made up entirely out of a shade of the colour purple.
And that’s just a small sample of the wonderful places that you can visist in the Land Of
Dreams, because the Land of Dreams is endless and only bounded by the limits of your
imagination. You can take an airship and sail over the Red Lands, talk to Marghareth the
Wisest Witch in top of Caulderra Mountain, ride your bike in the purple rain on Seashore
Lane, relax on the sandy beach, enjoying the sweetest watermelons you have ever tasted,
take a class at Wizard College or sit in the shade of a tree in the Octopus’s garden under the
sea. What place will you visit?
Mark Opfer (1985) is in 2017 afgestudeerd aan de schrijversvakschool. Sindsdien treedt hij