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.

> Lyrics One Song: in Dutch, in English, in French, in German


‘One Song’ was always meant to be shared – on stage and now also on vinyl. We want to imprint this song in your head by repeating it, repeating it and repeating it, because one day – maybe sooner than later – you’ll not want to feel alone. You’ll not want to feel the sorrow, pain and regret we all feel.

Day after day after day we sing this song and learn how to embody these feelings without losing the steamy, whirling and throbbing lust for life that makes it all worthwhile.

> Listen on Spotify
> Listen on Bandcamp
> Buy the vinyl

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The performance ‘ONE SONG’ by Miet Warlop and NTGent has been chosen by the New York Times as one of the best performances of 2022! “Incredible virtuosity,” writes the newspaper. “A wild, exhilarating study of the absurd.”
The New York Times – 15th of December 2022

“The most exalted show of the opening days (…) eliciting a massive ovation.”
The Guardian **** – 12th of July 2022

“ONE SONG is loud, preposterous and extremely entertaining.”
The New York Times – 14th of July 2022

“Warlop is a fascinating artist who is finally getting more recognition.”
Le Monde – 12th of July 2022

“A rocking primal scream that bursts with zest for life, energy and humour.”
De Standaard **** – 11th of July 2022

“A powerful but salutary knockout. Seventeen years after the performance Sportband, Warlop’s requiem for her brother Jasper, ONE SONG tells us that grief always stays with us, but also that grief – by carrying it together – is transformed, from the intimate to the universal, and allows us to go to the limits of what seems humanly possible.”
Le Soir – 12th of July 2022

“A primal cry of loss. A vital, musical explosion.”
De Morgen – 8th of July 2022

15 Dec 2022 – The New York Times
14 Jul 2022 – The New York Times
12 Jul 2022 – The Guardian
12 Jul 2022 – Le Monde
12 Jul 2022 – Le Soir
12 Jul 2022 – Scèneweb
11 Jul 2022 – De Standaard
11 Jul 2022 – Libération
9 Jul 2022 – La Libre Belgique
8 Jul 2022 – De Morgen

With Simon Beeckaert, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts/Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe
Stanislas Bruynseels, Rint Dens †, Judith Engelen, Marius Lefever, Luka Mariën, Flora Van Canneyt, Max Colonne, Eva Kamanda, Sid Djamel Besseghir

Conception, direction & scenography: Miet Warlop
Text: Miet Warlop advised by Jeroen Olyslaegers
Music: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe with the cast
Costume design: Carol Piron & Filles à Papa
Light design: Dennis Diels
Dramaturgy: Giacomo Bisordi
Assistant dramaturgy: Kaatje De Geest
Translation lyrics: Erik Borgman
Production management: Greet Prové
Technical production & stagemanager: Oliver Houttekiet, Patrick Vanderhaegen
Tourmanager: Carla Beeckmans
Technique: Flup Beys, Dietrich Lerooij, Gilles Roosen, Bart Van Hoydonck, Raf Willems, Laurent Ysebaert, Pieter Kinoli, Bart Vincent, John Hellinx, Jurgen Techel, Laura Vayssier
Realisation, props & costumes: Ateliers NTGent

Thanks to: Kris Auman, Imran Alam, Barbara Vackier, Jasper Houttekiet, de familie Warlop, Rossana Miele, Lotte Van Craeynest, Christel Simons, Patrick Vanderhaegen, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Jarne Van Loon

Production NTGent & Miet Warlop/Irene Wool vzw
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, DE SINGEL (Antwerp), Tandem Scène Nationale (Arras-Douai), Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, La Comédie de Valence – Centre dramatique national Drôme – Ardèche, Teatre Lliure Barcelona
With the support of the Flemish Government, Stad Gent, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government
With the help of Frans Brood productions

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