With END (2008), the performance artist Kris Verdonck created an apocalyptic performance about the possible end phase of human society. Both machines and people appeared on stage, or a combination of the two. Vintage Verdonck!
The creative process behind this remarkable performance has now been documented and described in detail in Listen To the Bloody Machine - creating Kris Verdonck’s END
. Its authors are Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater) and Anoek Nuyens, who worked as dramaturge and student-dramaturge in END
’s production team. The book contains interviews with everyone involved, a rehearsal diary, the script of the performance, photos, technical drawings, a DVD with a trailer, etc.
The book will be presented in Brussels in the presence of Marianne Van Kerkhoven, Anoek Nuyens and Kris Verdonck, who will be interviewed by Christophe
Slagmuylder, director at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.
“This is an innovative volume that will make an important contribution to our understanding of contemporary performances’ practices.” - Peter Eckersall (University of Melbourne)
Listen To the Bloody Machine - creating Kris Verdonck’s END is published by International Theatre & Film Books and the Research Centre Theatre Making Processes of the Faculty of Theatre at the Utrecht School of the Arts, in collaboration with A Two Dogs Company and Kaaitheater