MEMENTO MORI! !IROM OTNEMEM
Following a series of encounters with ‘ACM’, homeless person in Brussels, Els Dietvorst wrote the monologue I am going to my chickens three years ago. The text is a sequel to the documentary-trilogy that she made about the life of this philosopher-drifter and his struggle for a dignified life. When Dietvorst was working on one of her Skull sculptures for the Moscow Biennale, her brother lay dying. This experience led her to write another monologue: Driftwood.
In MEMENTO MORI!, Dietvorst brings both solos together. Each monologue mirrors the other. The first is performed by Dirk Roofthooft, one of Flanders’ most iconic actors, the second is performed by the Brussels-based actress Aurelie Di Marino. You can expect a theatre evening about fragility and transience, but also about universal themes like individualization, globalization, the relationship between humanity and nature, and migration.
• Els Dietvorst is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist. Art and life are closely connected in her work. Since she has lived and worked on a sheep farm in Ireland, nature, life and death have played an increasingly significant role in her work. In both her films and her visual work, she expresses profound social commitment.
Els Detvorst has been a guest at several editions of Kaaitheater's Burning Ice Festival over the past few years. At Kaaitheater, she has presented the premiere of her films The Rabbit and the Teasel and I watched the white dogs of the dawn, part one and two of her triptych about the relationship between humanity and nature and our food chain. MEMENTO MORI! !IROM OTNEMEM is her first theatre production.
'An intensely poetic diptych about solidarity that is almost impossible to summarize, but which resonates all the longer.' - De Standaard
'Memories, observations, and reveries are interwoven into a monologue about the terrifying vulnerability of life, warm and defenceless, like a freshly laid egg.' - De Morgen
tekst, scenografie & regie Els Dietvorst | met Aurelie Di Marino, Dirk Roofthooft | dramaturgie Esther Severi | lichtontwerp Luc Schaltin | spreiding Fabienne Beernaert | uitvoerend producent Kaaitheater