Milo (Milou) van der Maaden: the unutterable thing

30 Jan 2016 – 6 Feb 2016

Event times

Thurs - Sat, 12 - 6pm


London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 393 - Stop at Leighton Road
  • 5 minutes walk from Kentish Town Tube Station
  • 5 minutes walk from Kentish Town Rail Station

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Performance: Fri 29 January, 7 and 8 pm


'the unutterable thing' re-presents fragments of Louis Couperus’ renowned novel The Hidden Force (1900) in relation to current political agencies - a Play of performativity, horror and national image-making in working through ideas on colonial paranoia, escapism, Islamophobia and pinkwashing.

'the unutterable thing' is directed by Milo van der Maaden and Performed by Tina King, Victoria Gigante, Victoria Elizabeth and Hugo Trebels.


They both felt it, the unutterable thing, the thing that lurks in the ground, that hisses under the volcanoes, that slowly draws near with the far-travelled winds, that rushes onwards with the rain, that rattles by in the heavy, rolling thunder, that is wafted from the far horizon of the boundless sea; the thing that flashes from the black, mysterious gaze of the secretive native, that creeps in his heart and cringes in his humble salutation; the thing that gnaws like a poison and a hostile force at the body, soul and life of the European, that silently attacks the conqueror and saps his energies, causing him to pine and perish, sapping his energies very slowly, so that he wastes away for years; and in the end he dies of it, perhaps by a sudden, tragic death: they both felt it, both felt the unutterable thing…


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