Kris Verdonck [Brussels]
13.02 – 14.02.2009
Machines and people
Melting glaciers, burning forests, cities under water, screens and cameras spying on us, weapons of mass destruction... End starts out from the images the media project onto our retinas. The performance artist Kris Verdonck shows the possible final stages of a human society in ten scenes that are linked by a monologue by a speaking character (Johan Leysen). On stage: machines and people or a combination of the two. Projected video images by Anouk Declercq and interactive media create a moving landscape, and to this are added a soundscape by Stefan Quix and a lightscape by Luc Schaltin. Art and theatre meet in this performance: sitting in the theatre, the audience looks at a series of linked installations.
concept & direction Kris Verdonck | dramaturgy Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater) | with Johan Leysen, Carlos Pez González, Claire Croizé, Geert Vaes/Jan Willem Maes, Marc Iglesias, Eveline Van Bauwel | text based on recent documents and texts by Alexander Kluge, W. G. Sebald, Curcio Malaparte, Lord Byron, … | video Anouk De Clercq | live music Stefaan Quix | light design Luc Schaltin (Kaaitheater) | costumes Dorothée Catry, Sofie Durnez | technical direction Herman Venderickx (Kaaitheater) | technical assistant Sylvain Spinoit | construction Hans Luyten (PlasmaMagma), Dirk Lauwers (dna), Espeel Constructies, Steven Blum | multimedia programmation Felix Luque | production manager Lotte Vaes | production Margarita Production for stilllab vzw | co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts (B), Kaaitheater (B), Buda kunstencentrum (B), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (B), Le Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (L), Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg) (NL), NXTSTP | supported by Europese Unie, Vlaamse overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie | thanks to Imal, Vidisquare, Frontline Rigging