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), Some Things Last A Long Time (2019) and Ambient Theatre Fury (2022). They are currently working on their a new creation, expected to premiere in the spring of 2024.
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 Elzerman.
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), As a matter of fiction (2018) and Ambient Theatre Fury (2022). 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 premiering in the summer of 2024.
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.
Nathan is currently working on a new solo project, DONKEY, which premiered at CAMPO in May 2023.
For the opening of Het TheaterFestival edition 2021, Nathan and Anna Franziska were invited to write the State of the Youth opening speech.