Ant Hampton [UK/DE]
Crazy But True (8+)
→ The number of wild animals on earth has halved over the past 40 years.
→ You cannot commit suicide by holding your breath.
→ Butterflies taste with their feet.
Children have an insatiable hunger for unusual facts and trivia of the ‘crazy but true’ type. In the performance, children between the ages of eight and eleven form a panel of experts. A text is whispered to them via headsets. They repeat what they hear, and thus present a growing list of extraordinary facts. While some are very funny, others are serious, describing a world for which the adult audience is often collectively responsible. This simple proposal using minimal resources becomes increasingly addictive and complex, the longer you stay with it. It is a tender, intergenerational confrontation involving tragic ánd comic extremes.
• Ant Hampton is known for automated devices (autoteatro) and unrehearsed performance situations. He previously presented The Extra People at Kaaitheater, and – during Performatik17 – Someone Else and The Quiet Volume.
by Ant Hampton | creative producer Katja Timmerberg, Livia Piazza | co-production Kaaitheater (Brussels), Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Artsadmin (London), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent) | support Espacios Revelados (Santiago de Chile), Escenas do Cambio (Santiago de Compostela), ‘No Future’ Performance Biennial (Athens)