Andros Zins-Browne [US/BE]

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle
Welcome to the Jungle

22.03 – 23.03.2013

Welcome to the Jungle is a performance installation inspired by ‘global weirding’, a term used to describe the effects of global warming.

You make your way through a strange and desolate landscape of mirror foil. Smells designed by the perfumer Laurent-David Garnier, curtains of mist, temperature fluctuations, wind, soundscapes and vibrations immerse you in an immaterial but very sensory route. Like the actors, you are given a costume to wear. This adds to the confusion on the route. Who is the spectator? What is body and what is reflection? Light and mirrors, open spaces and transparent barriers merge into one bewildering environment.

The choreographed chaos of Welcome to the Jungle evokes a world that no longer adheres to the normal laws of nature, a sensory jungle that excites through its abundance of pseudo-natural stimuli despite its wild plant growth. You lose all sense of equilibrium in this paradoxical habitat. What remains is the search for a new balance within an ecosystem where everything is visible and nothing is reliable. An environment dense with its own emptiness.

● Andros Zins-Browne was born in New York. He came to study at PARTS in Brussels. In 2008 we presented his first full-length performance, Second Life, and in 2009, The Host, a choreography for tough but aimless cowboys.

concept, choreography Andros Zins-Browne | players Isah De Zutter, Vik Van den Broeck, Camille Vermeire, René Wynants, Lynn Smeuninx, Mona Staut, Hendrik De Boeck, Rein Lootvoet, Gijs van Ammers, Freek Hannes, Misha Demoustier, Marie Van Kuyck | set design Erki De Vries, Andros Zins-Browne | sound design Peter Lenaerts | perfume design Laurent-David Garnier | light design Hans Meijer | artistic assistance Sidney Leoni, Femke Gyselinck | additional assistance Danaë Bosman | technical direction Vincent Malstaf | technician Kristof Vande Walle | production management Tiziana Penna | production wpZimmer (Antwerp) | co-production Kaaitheater, Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), Pact-Zollverein (Essen), Vooruit (Ghent), Buda (Kortrijk), deSingel (Antwerp) | support The Flemish Government | additional support Het Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Netwerk (Aalst) and DEPARTS & the Culture Programme of the European Commission | A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union