Two adults and a child
23.09 – 24.09.2021
On stage: two adults and a child, unrehearsed, invited anew for every show. The child, on headphones, seems to be in charge. The adults copy the movements of children they see on screens around them. This puppet-like dance illustrates the stories, songs and dreams selected and whispered by the voices of yet more children as useful examples of vulnerability or surprise. Who are these kids?
‘A generation of several million abandoned children, impossibly wise, good at saying ‘no’, heroes with an uncertain future who made an automatic theatre-machine for dealing with a screen-entranced adult world.’
• Ant Hampton is known for automated structures (autoteatro) and non-rehearsed performative situations. He has already appeared in Kaaitheater’s programme with The Extra People, Crazy But True and The Quiet Volume. Together with Kaai resident Christophe Meierhans, he also created the automatic workshop The THING.
concept, text, music, sound Ant Hampton | dramaturgy Rita Pauls | artistic / choreographic assistance Anna Rispoli | video design / lighting / technical direction Mikko Gastael (Expander) | recorded voices Mia Hampton, Maxim Daish-Belay, Ines Labbé | recorded dancers Ishaq El Akul, Dora Meierhans, Garil Paturel, Laîa Vaissier | French translation Rita Pauls / Alan Pauls | Dutch translation Elisa Demarré | with thanks to guest performers during testing Peggy Donnelly, Emiliano Battista, Leandro Battista, Misha and Alma Downey, Martine Lange, Katja Dreyer, Dolores Hulan, Lucius Romeo-Fromm, Chris Harrison-Kerr, James Axford, Klara De Cock Jones | management Danila & Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste | co-production Kaaitheater, ZeitRaumExit,Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne | with thanks for the kind support Britt Hatzius, Martin Hampton, Caroline Daish, Fred Labbé, Michele Piazzi, Nerea Craviotto, Julien Vaissier | supported by the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V.,NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz | with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media | first stage development (January 2020) | supported by Theater Rampe Stuttgart and Fonds Darstellende Künste (Initialförderung) | with funds from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media | with assistance from Nora Tormann, Dora Meierhans & Timo Kleinemeier