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ROTOR #3 – Sisyphus Machine | ROTOR

ROTOR #3 – Sisyphus Machine is ROTOR’s new physical mime performance inspired by Albert Camus’ reading of the Myth of Sisyphus.

After rebelling against the gods, Sisyphus is condemned to spend eternity pushing a boulder up a hill. Once at the top, the boulder rolls down and the cycle begins anew. Camus draws a parallel between the myth and the human experience: he highlights the beauty of both the absurdity of our existence and the human need for meaning. This is the starting point from which ROTOR faces meaninglessness in this minimalist performance.

ROTOR #3 – Sisyphus machine is a search for the purpose and meaning of the human condition, and an ode to will and resilience. ROTOR takes you on a physical journey of self-discovery and introspection in a celebration of the power of movement. How do we give life meaning when it seems meaningless? How do we relate to a future that is increasingly uncertain?

More dates and locations to be announced

Tour dates

Over het IJ, Amsterdam (premiere)
Over het IJ, Amsterdam
Over het IJ, Amsterdam
Over het IJ, Amsterdam
Over het IJ, Amsterdam
Korzo, Den Haag
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg


ROTOR is a Dutch performance collective, based in Amsterdam, and house artist of Veem House. The collective consists of Hidde Aans-Verkade and Koen van der Heijden.

ROTOR has a strong fascination for the body. Their work is focused on both embodied knowledge (the body as a storehouse of history) and the body as a vehicle for contacting the world in the here and now. With a background in various movement disciplines such as parkour and breakdance and a shared interest in Kung Fu, ROTOR trains and questions this physical knowledge. Repetition is a central theme in their work, which is reflected both in the dramaturgy of ROTOR’s performances and in their way of working. In this way they try to touch the audience beyond reason.

After graduating from the Mime at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK), ROTOR was selected for the 3Package Deal in 2017. Performances they have created so far are: ‘The Place to Be’, ‘Rushing Faces’ (in collaboration with DOX) and ‘Touch or Tune’ (in collaboration with VOÏSZ Vocal Projects). ROTOR works closely with various makers such as Schweigman & and Johannes Bellinkx.


Concept and performance
Koen van der Heijden, Hidde Aans-Verkade
Rick Busscher
Django Walon
Krijn Moons
Loes van der Pligt
Mathisse Coornaert
Kevin Pieterse
Technical producer
Jurr van Diggele
Set builder
Marijn Versnel
Poster image
Daniela Schwabe
Pien Visser

Produced by
Veem House for Performance, Schweigman&
Over het IJ

Special thanks to: Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, BNG Bank Theaterprijs, Jakob Ahlbom Company