“If you have your head in the oven and your feet in the freezer your average temperature may be unchanged but you are still pretty uncomfortable”
– Clive Hamilton – Requiem for a species
Few actors manage to create such a forthright stage presence as Benjamin Verdonck, and he does it by opening the room, not by filling it. Pieter Ampe can conjure up the most contradictory feelings in the audience without even uttering a word.
The performance begins with Verdonck making toast to one of the most harmless classics in Western music – the optimistic “Spring” in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Ampe enters the stage, and does not seem inclined to leave for a while. The seasons change, but their course is not quite as it should be. Perhaps the climate crisis has something to do with it. One idea leads to another, and the stage is set for deep realisations about the state of the world using props such as a toaster and a freezer. What happens next has a very different effect on the two characters. They alternate between holding back, protecting themselves, and being set pieces in an accelerating chaos, between control and suffering, tough physical behaviour and slapstick.
The performance is part of a series made according to the following motto: “even I must understand it” – an attempt to do something about the world through art, not just reflect on it. We Don’t Speak to be Understood is about contradictions and struggles: struggles between different art forms, between civilisations, between poor and rich, between resident, traveller and homeless refugee, between us and them, charity and poverty, clear-sightedness and madness.
“Madcap slapstick and poetic imagination” – Theaterkrant
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- Last Updated: 10/07/2016
- Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
Saturday, October 29, 2016
We don't speak to be understood by Pieter Ampe/Benjamin Verdonck (BE) | Oktoberdans 2016
- October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016