Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV

What is your history as a theatre maker? At the invitation of NTGent, Miet Warlop formulates an answer as only she can. Twelve performers enter the arena for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection.

Through the metaphor of a live competition/concert, including a commentator and a cheerleader, Miet Warlop invites us to form a community and lift each other up, as in a celebration. The temporary thus becomes the universal, and the personal becomes something of the collective. That is the subtext of ONE SONG: how one song can give meaning to a whole society. Unity in diversity.

The past is the present is the future. And as human beings, we are, willingly and unwillingly, a gladiator, in conflict with time. Beauty and comfort cannot be grasped but happen to us. The need to connect makes us both vulnerable and tragic. Vulnerable in our physical limitations, despite the efforts we make to strengthen our bodies. And tragic in our existential loneliness, the result of an awareness that is peculiar to mankind.

The twelve performers go to extremes together: through song text, images and objects, oxygen and sweat, they evoke our condition humaine. Again and again, someone stands up to push his or her boundaries. They defy time and give expression to a deep human need: the moment in which we can transcend our thinking body.

With Kris Auman, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe

Conception and direction: Miet Warlop
Text: Jeroen Olyslaegers
Dramaturgy: Giacomo Bisordi
Music composition: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Costume design: Carol Piron – Filles à Papa
Light design: Dennis Diels
Sound technique: Bart Van Hoydonck
Light technique: Laurent Ysebaert

Production NTGent & Miet Warlop/Irene Wool vzw
Co-production Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne (FR), Tandem SN Douai (FR), HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin (DE), Festival d’Avignon (FR), La Comédie de Valence (FR), Teatre Lliure Barcelona (ES), DESINGELAntwerp (BE)
With the support of the Flemish Government, Stad Gent, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government
With the help of Frans Brood productions

© Reinout Hiel