Stella Maris (2000)


A man and a woman are living in harmony – but their union is less simple than it first appears. He has a complex and sometimes unpleasant personality, so it’s difficult to coexist. He’s got her in a stranglehold, but she accepts it because she loves him. But then comes the day when he goes too far. She becomes frightened, and is unable to carry on living with him. She is forced to make a choice. He apologises, and asks for her forgiveness. But she has made up her mind. She leaves the house. He stays behind, alone.



Stella Maris is the tragic but light-hearted portrait of a borderline man. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t control his self-destructive tendencies. The man-woman relationship is expressed through a series of movements in a choreography that demands complete physical control from the performers. In this dance play, the everyday becomes funny, absolute vulnerability becomes strength, and heartlessness becomes emotionally moving.


For Stella Maris Jakop Ahlbom was set on creating a finely balanced movement idiom, with great precision and inventiveness in both the physical language and the stage set, with furniture and objects – simple crockery, doors and walls – being manipulated and transformed into their opposites. The title refers to the Star of the Sea, also known as the polestar, the reference point in the sky for sailors who’ve lost their way at sea.

Ahlbom also took inspiration from the eponymous track by Einstürzende Neubauten.’Du trumst mich ich dich. Keine Angst ich weck’ dich nicht. Bevor du nicht von selbs erwachst. Bitte, bitte wech’ mich nicht, solang ich trum’ nur gibt es dich… Wir haben uns im Traum verpasst.’

In the media

“Stella Maris is charming, funny and tragic, because there’s always a leg suddenly sticking out, because there’s always someone throwing himself with gusto from a table, and because, it emerges, there are a hundred ways to become entwined.”
Het Parool
“This play is about a lot more than only madness.”
Interview De Telegraaf
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Concept: Jakop Ahlbom

Directors and Cast: Jakop Ahlbom and Silke Hundertmark
 Adviser: Mischa van Dullemen
 Stage designer: Daniël Ament
 Mask: Marelva de Bruin
 Lighting designer and Technician: Frits Zwaansdijk Sound: Florian Richter Technician: Sam Beumer, Dirk Houthoff

Trainee technician: Vinny Jones
Management and Sales: Alles voor de Kunsten/Wilma Kuite
Production: Alles voor de Kunsten/Meeke Beumer
Production manager: Sabine Dehne
Photo: Hans Abbing
Co-producer: Het Veemtheater

Made with the financial support from: Performing Arts Fund and VSB Fonds.

Performance dates

No current performances

Premiere: 18 March 2000, Het Veemtheater, Amsterdam
16, 17 March (try-outs), 19, 23 to 26 March 2000
Performance periods:
26 to 28 May 2008, Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht
13 January to 23 February 2012