Louis Janssens and Willem de Wolf got to know each other when, as a teacher at drama school, Willem saw Louis enter his class and for a moment thought he saw himself as a student from 35 years ago. He saw the same eagerness, the same ambition, the same uncertainty wrapped in bravado.
Conversely, Louis also recognised himself in Willem. As something you could become, even though you might not want to. As supposedly mature, experienced, with insecurity wrapped in resignation. What do you actually see, when you see yourself in the other? Is recognising yourself in the other the basis on which and with which you learn?
Analoog is an intergenerational performance, a score about completed and desired learning processes. About earlier and later but also about how to position yourself as a young - or older - person within the world.
• Willem de Wolf has been a permanent member of DE KOE since 2011, which in 2022 was renamed DE HOE after a merger with Hof Van Eede. De Wolf has been writing and acting since his days at the Amsterdam School of Drama, where he founded the duo Kas & de Wolf with Ton Kas. He makes his mark with his texts at the Flemish company, too, and writes both alone and in collaboration with others. He has been worked as a teacher at various courses in Flanders for many years. DE KOE and DE HOE are regular guests at the Kaaitheater programme.
• Louis Janssens (Antwerp, 1995) graduated from KASK Ghent in 2018. From 2012 to 2022, he formed the two-headed collective Desnor together with Ferre Marnef. His graduation performance, created with Timo Sterckx, The Greatest Show on Earth, was presented at Kaaistudio's. Meanwhile, Louis also works as a (guest) teacher at theatre schools.
“Much more than about visions of artistry and identity, Analoog is about relatable issues such as ageing, purpose, commitment, getting away from your roots, regret and shame. Together, this creates an intimate encounter that really charmed the jury.” — #jury23
by & with Louis Janssens & Willem de Wolf | technique, light design & soundtrack Shane Van Laer | choreographic advice Femke Gyselinck I costumes by Cecile Taylor | production DE HOE | coproduction Het Laatste Bedrijf | thanks to Ferre Marnef, Simon Baetens, Peter Seynaeve, Mitch Van Landeghem & Carine van Bruggen | this production was made with the support of the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government