The project MENS began one year ago, with the starting point: how can I be a human amongst all of these other people, at a time where we seem to be thrown upon our own resources more than ever, left with our own fears and inabilities, trying to get a grip on what is happening around us?
Wende’s apparently simple question leads us to devilishly complex answers. During her search for the truth she did not remain pondering alone, but went to others for input such as Typhoon, Joost Zwagerman and Dimitri Verhulst. Working with producers Yan and Ludowic, she created a raw and controversial portrait of today based upon her own texts, full of electro beats and candid, vulnerable songs. This evidently touched a nerve with both her public and the press: MENS is currently touring for a second season through sold-out halls in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Wende has developed over the past years into one of the most versatile and passionate artists of the Netherlands. With her sharp-witted and distinctive voice and a healthy aversion to clichés and trends, she tells stories on the cutting edge of who and why, always managing to deeply move her audience in heart and soul.
Press reaction to theatre production MENS:
3voor12: “Wende switches in a fraction of a second from bombastic to fragile, to melancholy and unpredictable. And everything together. Nothing human is strange to Wende.”
De Volkskrant: “Her vulnerability blends perfectly with music and audio visual technicality of world class. There is no escaping Wende.”
NRC: “A singing Wende beats all the rest.”
Telegraaf: “An evening of another class.”
Parool: “… with her penetrating songs and beautiful lyrics, Wende offers perspective to every lost soul.”