Schwalbe speelt vals / Schwalbe Cheats
27.11 – 28.11.2012
Radical and uncompromising
Who are we when we feel cornered? Who are we if the other is weaker? Who are we if the other does not stick to the rules? We try to save ourselves with the phrase ‘it’s only a game’, but at that point it’s already too late... In Schwalbe’s third performance, Schwalbe speelt vals, the players lose themselves in the game.
Schwalbe: ‘In this performance we hope to expose the dark side of human nature – which you hope or believe is not present in you – by playing a game where the distinction between truth and falsehood and between surrendering yourself and watching gradually fades.’
Tim Etchells, co-founder of Forced Entertainment in the UK, did the final editing of Schwalbe speelt vals.
• The Schwalbe theatre collective creates physical theatre in which the body is a starting point. The physical is pushed to the extreme; the ultimate consequence of an assignment is sought. The effort – which leads to action – is the performance. The course of that effort changes every night. In 2011 we presented their performances Spaar ze and Schwalbe speelt op eigen kracht.
For several decades the Netherlands were the country that ‘guided’ Europe culturally, politically and socially. This is unfortunately a thing of the past. In 2013 many initiatives in the arts sector will be for the chop. It seems to us appropriate to pay tribute now. Read more
concept en spel Christina Flick, Melih Gençboyaci, Marie Groothof,
Hilde Labadie, Floor van Leeuwen, Kimmy Ligtvoet, Ariadna Rubio Lleó,
Daan Simons | vormgeving en techniek Joost Giesken, Dave Staring | eindregie Tim Etchells | dramaturgie Anoek Nuyens | kostuums Sarah Hakkenberg | productieleiding Joost Allema | fotografie Pepijn Lutgerink | productie Productiehuis Rotterdam | co-productie NXTSTP, Rotterdamse Schouwburg (De Keuze), Baltoscandal (EST), Alkantara Festival (PRT), OMSK | met dank aan SNS REAAL fonds en Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds