Marjolijn van Heemstra
Mon 30 Jan ’23 17:15
Marjolijn van Heemstra takes you along trough twilight
Mon 30 Jan ’23

Every day it grows dark again, but you hardly ever notice it. A shame, because twilight has a lot to tell us. In Schemeren, we gather in the theater at sunset and watch together how the day fades before our eyes.

Put on some headphones and let Marjolijn van Heemstra take you to the world between light and dark, where everything can change though nothing appears to be happening. A story (in dutch) about the in-betweens and the invisible passers-by in our lives. 

Watching dusk fall can be an act of defiance. Against speed, blinding light, thinking in opposites, and the idea that everything has to yield something. For a mere hour, not producing nor consuming, not finding anything anywhere. Twilight. A tiny rite of passage as our planet rotates away from its giant sun.

About the Nacht-Wacht
Schemeren is part of the Nacht-Wacht, an investigation into the value of nighttime darkness in the most light-polluted country in the world. The extreme amount of artificial light in the Netherlands is unhealthy for people and animals, and it robs us of rest and recovery. Few Dutch people are still familiar with the beauty and importance of the night. The Nacht-Wacht aims to increase love for the nightly darkness. In the fall of 2023, their activities will come together in the first Amsterdam Dark Festival.


Part of


Idea and text Marjolijn van Heemstra | Sound design and mixing Roald van Oosten & Femke Brinksma | Music and lyrics Marcel Osterop and Frank van Kasteren (Altstad) | Marjolijn van Heemstra in co-production with Parktheater Eindhoven

About Marjolijn van Heemstra
Marjolijn van Heemstra is a writer and theater maker. In her work, she explores in an accessible manner how we can think differently about ourselves and the world. Since 2019, Marjolijn van Heemstra has been writing for De Correspondent about how space can help us to look at the Earth differently. Her non-fiction book on this theme, In lichtjaren heeft niemand haast, was voted by NPO radio 1 Non-fiction Book of the Year in 2021. In addition, Marjolijn van Heemstra regularly makes podcasts (including Sør, Stadsastronaut, Als geschiedenis in je opstaat). Her poetry collections and novels have won several literary prizes, and her latest novel has been translated in eight countries. In 2023, she will write the philosophy essay of the month.

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