Mervyn Groot - brief report of his stay with Stan Verberkt at Oerol Festival
Thanks to the contribution of the Jan Pustjens Foundation, composer Stan Verberkt and percussionist Mervyn Groot were able to enter their residency at Oerol 2017 in full concentration and inspiration.
The purpose of this residence was to do research into making music theater, in this specific case around percussion, in interaction with the public and the natural environment. Stan and Mervyn prepared the outline of their concept in the run-up to Oerol under the guidance of Peter Zegveldt and further explored their concept on the spot, inspired by the environment. Mervyn turned out to be a true performer. In every performance he took the audience on a journey through the nature reserve and guided them in a joint percussion ritual.
Mervyn: "We are very grateful to the Jan Pustjens Foundation for the financial support of this project. As a result of this we were able to work with the materials for the composition of the ritual and stay and rehearse on the island for the five days preceding the performances. All performances were sold out."