Origen Festival Cultural is a dance/opera/theatre festival in the picturesque Swiss mountain village of Riom. With two permanent theatres; Burg Riom (an 800 year old castle), the Clavadeira (a converted barn) and the temporary Julier Tower at 2300m above sea level, the festival offers a unique experience to Swiss and international audiences wishing to combine newly commissioned theatre productions with beautiful surroundings and architecturally stunning performance spaces.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with Dustin Klein conceiving and forming the concept and designing sets and costumes for ‘Old News’, premiering in the Burg Riom on the 16th July 2017. Along with Simon Karlstetter (music, concept), Marc Laperrouze (lighting design), Karim Weth (sound design) and five fantastic dancers, we spent two weeks rehearsing and performing in the castle, enjoying other performances and breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Thank you so much to the festival director Giovanni Netzer for inviting us, and to Florence Ursprung, Maurus Candreja and everyone at Origen for such an enjoyable process and wonderful time in Riom!


Choreography – DUSTIN KLEIN
Set and costume design – Louise Flanagan
Sound design – Karim Weth
Lighting design – Marc Laperrouze
Dancers – Nicha Rodboon, Maria Daniela González Muñoz, Jonah Cook, Nicholas Losada, Dukin Seo

Photos – Bowie Verschuuren