The Plunge (Liebeswellen in German) is our new on-location cultural project, an audio tour with a difference that takes you on a fascinating literary walk through the coastal resort of Scheveningen. The Plunge centres around German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who came to Scheveningen in 1836 in the hope of restoring his failing health. He was also wrestling with matters of the heart: having fallen for young Cécile Jeanrenaud, Felix spent much of his visit pondering his feelings and considering whether he should marry her. Scheveningen became the setting for a soul-searching interlude in his life. Especially for this project, director Ingrid van Frankenhuyzen invited acclaimed Dutch novelist Marente de Moor to write a brand new short story inspired by Mendelssohn’s sojourn on the Dutch coast. De Moor, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, has written two exquisite interlocking tales – one for grown-ups and one for children aged six and over. Including soundscapes to give her words an added dimension. At the start of the tour, we provide you with an MP3 player and headset. In English, German or Dutch. You then embark on what at first seems to be an ordinary walk, until you reach three dramatic locations designed for sitting and listening. Each location affords its own special view of the sea. One of the locations includes porch swing the ZlowMotion, a Dutch Design Week item, designed by Pink Steenvoorden.
The Dutch news paper De Volkskrant in 2014 wrote about Oh The Sea"....Oh The Sea is an exceptional sensory experience."