Présentation

For this production, Thierry Smits agreed to focus on a text by the Flemish author and poet Peter Verhelst. The Dutch text, translated into French and recited in both languages during the performance, chronicles a post-mortem tale, in which couples, who have experienced intense love à la “Romeo and Juliet,” could relive their passion after their deaths.

 

Once again, the theme allows Smits to re-explore the human body, which is constantly yearning and being tested: “The four dancers’ bodies pass through highly different phases. Initially, they are malleable flesh lacking identity; they then become sex-bodies, completely tensed-up in their desire for relationships and suffering; they are subsequently subjected to a fusional attempt, which in its organicity is more reminiscent of the seabed than of any human figure; they then become medicalised bodies, subject to examination; and finally combative bodies, engaged in a desperate struggle with death.”

This is the first occasion that Smits’ company is involved in a multimedia presentation, using an extensive set design that includes a ten-metre screen on which images and excerpts from Verhelst’s text appear, as well as a huge curtain made of transparent, undulating plastic tubes through which, at the end of the piece, a reddish liquid spills out onto the stage, evoking not just the cold, remote and technical world of medicine, but also the vitality of human beings in all their vulnerability and their ineluctable propensity to escape.

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Dates

For this production, Thierry Smits agreed to focus on a text by the Flemish author and poet Peter Verhelst. The Dutch text, translated into French and recited in both languages during the performance, chronicles a post-mortem tale, in which couples, who have experienced intense love à la “Romeo and Juliet,” could relive their passion after their deaths.

 

DATE CONTENU
1999/09/16 16 > 25.09.1999 Lunatheater Brussels
1999/09/30 30.09.1999 CC Westrand Dilbeek
1999/10/07 07.10.1999 De Velinx Tongres
1999/10/15 15.10.1999 CC Achterolmen Maaseik
1999/11/05 05.11.1999 CC de Zwaneberg Heist-op-den-Berg
1999/11/23 23.11.1999 CC Berchem Berchem
1999/11/26 26.11.1999 CC de Adelberg Lommel
2000/05/05 05.05.2000 Stadschouwburg Brugge Bruges
2000/08/25 25.08.2000 Festival QueerUpNorth Manchester (UK)
2000/10/20 20.10.2000 CC Stroming Evergem
2000/12/15 15 > 16.12.2000 Théâtre Varia Brussels

Distribution

— Texte

Peter Verhelst

— Chorégraphie

Thierry Smits

— Assistant chorégraphie

Sophie Faudot

— Danseurs

Lucius Romeo-Fromm, Michael Sears, Shaula Cambazzu, Heike Langsdorf

— Comédiens

Janine Godinas, Eric Breton Le Veel (version française), Viviane De Muynck, Johan Heestermans (nederlandstalige versie)

 

— Création sonore

Noise-Maker’s Fifes

— Chant

Catherine Jauniaux

— Scénographie

Trudo Engels

— Costumes

Clelia Crédidio

— Eclairages

Kamal Ackarie

 

— Dramaturgie

Hans Theys

— Photos

Marie-Françoise Plissart

— Délégués de production

Laurent Henry & Nathalie Deleu

— Production

Compagnie Thor, Kaaitheater, Charleroi/Danses Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique (direction Frédéric Flamand)

— Avec le soutien du

Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique, Direction générale de la culture, Service de la Danse, de la Province du Limbourg, de la Commission Communautaire française de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, du Commissariat Général aux Relations Internationales de la Communauté française de Belgique, du Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest.

 

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