The Tip of the Tongue
The writer, philosopher, director and performer Pieter De Buysser is creating a performance for the Planetarium. A philanthropist endowed with immense faith in progress and a speech defect undertakes to build a spacecraft. The story traverses a pronounced curve in space-time, a little girl tired of the Messiah and a lost detective who no one is looking for anymore. A portable particle accelerator, whirlpools in the China Sea, a dozen nebulous spirals and a majestic black hole gradually increase the tension… Because, fabulous as they might be, all the elements in this planetary show are inspired by today’s political and scientific reality. The Tip of the Tongue is an exploration of borders for nationalists, a local geography lesson for cosmopolitans and a cosmology lecture for pioneers of a new image of the world.
text, direction & performance Pieter De Buysser | scenography Herman Sorgeloos | full-dome video Elias Heuninck | sound Kwinten Van Laethem | scientific advice Kurt Vanhoutte (Universiteit Antwerpen) | dramaturgy Esther Severi (Kaaitheater) | financial advice Roger Christmann | presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Royal Observatory of Belgium | production ROBIN (Brussels) | co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater (Brussels), Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (Paris), Archa Theatre (Prague), House on Fire | support Vlaamse Overheid, VGC, PARS (Performing Astronomy Research Society), Ministère de la Culture et Communication (France) | thanks to Laboratorium KASK/School of Arts of University College Ghent | surtitling ONDA | performance in Brussels supported by SABAM for Culture