Building Conversation presented by Kaaitheater
Thinking Together – An Experiment Building Conversation
Sharing time, space and words
With Building Conversation, the Dutch theatre maker Lotte van den Berg and the visual artist Daan ’t Sas build a space in which perspectives can be exchanged. They show and run through the conflicts in our society, without smoothing them over or over-radicalising them. Inspired by conversational techniques from a number of different cultures, they raise up the discussion to the status of an artwork. Starting from their fascination for encounters, they build up a repertoire of possibilities for sharing time, space and words.
The American quantum physicist David Bohm takes as his premise the self-regulating way in which a group of people functions. You never think alone, but are always linked to the thinking of others. Thus a discussion is the ideal place in which to research and maintain the patterns of this collective thinking – without a moderator.
• Lotte van den Berg uses theatre to render relationships between people visible. Rather than being something that one simply views from a distance, her work emphasises life as an activity. Kaaitheater has previously programmed performances of Pleinvrees (Het Theaterfestival 2013), Cold Turkey (2010) and Braakland (2008).
concept, development, realisation Lotte van den Berg & Daan ’t Sas | collaboration Peter Aers, Andreas Bachmair, Ewout Bomert, Bart van Capelle, Antwan Cornelissen, Katja Dreyer, Adelijn van Huis, Floor van Leeuwen, Dennis Molendijk, Jonathan Offereins, Bart van Rosmalen, Floris Siekman, Anneke Tonen, Harmen van Twillert a.o. | image archive Paulien Oltheten | photography Michiel Cotterink | production Third Space | co-production Muncher Kammerspiele | support Fonds Podiumkunsten, SNS Reaalfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten en Fonds 21 | received a Creation aid from IN_SITU network in the frame of the META project funded with support from the European Commission (DGEAC – Culture programme) with coproducers København Internationale Teater and Ctyri dny, Prague, Stichting Terschelllings Oerol Festival.