Kris Verdonck [Brussels]



09.05 – 13.05.2008

Machines and people

Melting glaciers, burning forests, cities under water, screens and cameras spying on us, weapons of mass destruction... End starts out from the images the media project onto our retinas. The performance artist Kris Verdonck shows the possible final stages of a human society in ten scenes that are linked by a monologue by a speaking character (Johan Leysen). On stage: machines and people or a combination of the two. Projected video images by Anouk Declercq and interactive media create a moving landscape, and to this are added a soundscape by Stefan Quix and a lightscape by Luc Schaltin. Art and theatre meet in this performance: sitting in the theatre, the audience looks at a series of linked installations.

concept & direction Kris Verdonck
dramaturgy Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)
with Johan Leysen, Carlos Pez González, Claire Croizé, Geert Vaes, Marc Iglesias, Eveline Van Bauwel
text based on recent documents and texts by Alexander Kluge, W. G. Sebald, Curcio Malaparte, a.o.
video Anouk De Clercq
music Stefaan Quix
lighting design Luc Schaltin (Kaaitheater)
costumes Dorothée Catry, Sofie Durnez
technical direction Herman Venderickx (Kaaitheater)
technical assistant Sylvain Spinoit
construction Hans Luyten (PlasmaMagma), Dirk Lauwers (dna), Espeel Constructies, Steven Blum
multimedia programmation Felix Luque
production assistance Lotte Vaes
production Margarita Production for stilllab vzw
co-production Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Buda kunstencentrum, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Le Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Rotterdamse Schouwburgd, NXTSTP
supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, the Flemish government, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC)
thanks to Imal, Vidisquare
apprentice dramaturgy Anoek Nuyens, Frans Hendrickx, Najade Pringels, Lore Jacobs