ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV
24 feb20:00 - 21:00TR25 Schouwburg, RotterdamGrote Zaal
What is your history as a theatre maker? At the invitation of NTGent, Miet Warlop formulates an answer as only she can. In the series Histoire(s) du Théâtre she is the fourth director to accept the challenge of a creation in which present, past and future meet each other in an inspiring way – after Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula and Angélica Liddell. Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV: ONE SONG is set in the unique universe of Warlop. 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 sung 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 Stanis Bruynseels, Rint Dens, Judith Engelen, Marius Lefever, Luka Marlën, Flora Van Canneyt
text Miet Warlop advised by Jeroen Olyslaegers
concept, director & set design Miet Warlop
music Maarten Van Cauwenberghe
sound design Bart Van Hoydonck, Raf Willems
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 & stage manager Oliver Houttekiet
assistant production & tour manager Elli De Meyer
technique Flup Beys, Dietrich Lerooij, Gilles Roosen, Bart Van Hoydonck, Raf Willems, Laurent Ysebaert
realisation, props & costumes Ateliers NTGent
thanks to Kris Auman, Imran Alam, Barbara Vackier, Jasper Hautekiet, de familie Warlop, Rossana Miele, Lotte Van Craeynest, Christel Simons, Patrick Vanderhaegen, Diana Campbell
production NTGent, Miet Warlop / Irene Wool vzw
coproduction 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 support of De Vlaamse Overheid, de stad Gent, Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid
with the help of Frans Brood Productions