Originally from Amsterdam, Roos moved to Wales to pursue a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University. In addition to her studies in the United Kingdom, Roos has assisted with the construction of the performance facilities at iHTs Aubenton, France, and is now involved in translation and public relations for the company. Focused on performance writing and dramaturgy; her practice plays with site-specific performance, poetry, literature and a flux of languages. Most recently she devised and directed Noire’s Ending, an atmospheric piece exploring space, place and landscape on Tan-Y-Bwlch beach, Aberystwyth. Other recurring themes in her work include memory and the performativity of absence. Outside of her involvement with Almost Human she works freelance as the administrator for Performance Research Journal.
Current project: Feast
Using little more than a laid table, headphones instructing the audience and an empty chair; Feast will explore taste sensations, etiquette and the memories that taste and smell can evoke in performance. Set in a garden or park, the audience will be taking part in a dinner party. Tables set with foods according to the Mexican Día de los Muertos; a table full of poisoned foods used for food photography (hairsprayed hamburgers, cereal with white glue instead of milk, etc.); a table with an ordinary meal completely coloured black (which should taste normal, but due to the visual distraction it changes taste, an experience similar to what many mourners describe); a table with only moulded foods and no chairs; or perhaps they will just take place at a table with one extra empty space.
By using headphones all individuals in the audience can be instructed to perform certain actions (pouring wine, passing foods) and speak certain sentences to their fellow spectators/performers, exploring etiquette and social interaction. The narrative revolves around a group of strangers/friends dining together. Although the event first seems an ordinary dinner party restricted by table manners and conversational etiquette, attention is slowly drawn to the one unoccupied chair at the table, the missing diner.