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 Simon Beeckaert, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe
Imran Alam, Stanislas Bruynseels, Judith Engelen, Flora Van Canneyt (Avignon and Gent)
Conception, direction & scenography: Miet Warlop
Text: Miet Warlop advised by Jeroen Olyslaegers
Music: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
Sound design: Bart Van Hoydonck
Costume design: Carol Piron & Filles à Papa
Light design: Dennis Diels
Dramaturgy: Giacomo Bisordi
Assistant dramaturgy: Kaatje De Geest
Production management: Greet Prové
Technical production & stagemanager: Oliver Houttekiet
Assistant production & tourmanager: Elli De Meyer
Technique: Flup Beys, Bart Van Hoydonck, Raf Willems, Laurent Ysebaert
Realisation, props & costumes: Ateliers NTGent
Thanks to: Kris Auman, Barbara Vackier, Jasper Houttekiet, de familie Warlop, Rossana Miele, Lotte Van Craeynest, Christel Simons, Patrick Vanderhaegen
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