After successful passages in Barcelona, Groningen and Copenhagen the past few months with Ambient Theatre Fury (2022), Anna Franziska Jäger and Nathan Ooms are back at CAMPO this week to work on their first group performance: Modesta (play of language and lips).


Modesta (play of language and lips) is Jäger and Ooms’ theatrical rendition of the coming-of-age genre, together with performers Rosie Sommers, Christine De Smedt and Arthur Loontjens. They play multiple characters who traverse different stages of life. A constant throughout the process is their pursuit of the so-called art of joy bound up with the art of losing, in a striking similarity between the two.


The title refers to the protagonist of The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza, written in the 1960s (but published three decades after). Today the figure of Modesta continues to captivate readers with her unrepentant character, her uncompromising quest for freedom that wills power and defies hypocrisy.


Modesta (play of language and lips) will premiere in the fall at CAMPO!