Mondo Novo

mondo novo

Shows on 25 and 26 october in V36
De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp

 

Mondo Novo is een oude italiaanse benaming voor kijkdoos
maar ook voor ‘nieuwe wereld’
een cirkel wordt een driehoek wordt een ruit een vierkant
alles dat vast staat verdampt

Een mobiel theatertje gemaakt ter gelegenheid van de volksvergadering in de tuin van de koning.

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Mondo Novo is an old Italian name for viewing box
but also for ‘new world’
a circle becomes a triangle becomes a diamond becomes a square
everything that is fixed evaporates

A mobile theater made for the occasion of the people’s meeting in the king’s garden.

 

In combination with Waldeinsamkeit, Les cadeaux d’anniversaire and kapellen
More info on www.toneelhuis.be

2019 Les cadeaux d’anniversaire

Les cadeaux d’anniversaire

when cleaning up my studio
I notice
that since 1995 (I am 23)
I have kept gifts from almost every birthday

A new show composed from an accidental collection.

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bij het opruimen van mijn atelier
valt me op
dat ik sinds 1995 (ik ben dan 23)
van bijna elke verjaardag nog een cadeau bezit

Een nieuwe voorstelling gecomponeerd uit een toevallige collectie.

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Exclusively on 25 & 26 october in the foyer of V36
De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp

2019 Cadeaux d’anniversaire et autres choses

Cadeaux d’anniversaire et autres choses
2019

three works
presented in an old cake factory near Paris
a fourth one on stage in the same building
an unusual occasion of visual and theatre work combined
a single artistic universe
exposed in a double bill

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works on display

Les cadeaux d’anniversaires (1995-2019)
“In 2016, we moved from Antwerp to Kapellen. When packing up my studio, I notice that since 1995 (I am 23), I have a present from almost every birthday.”

Kapellen (ongoing)
“Since I’ve been living in Kapellen, the living room has been my studio and starting point for this collection, the focus of which is on what happens in the immediate vicinity of my work table.”

Collection de ballons de foot joués à l’au-delà (2009)
Finished footballs from Verdonck’s collection

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work on stage

Saturday 28 September – Chansonette pour Gigi (Liedje voor Gigi)

A house, shadows, doors that open and close again.
A staged installation, a theater performance, a concert,
in which Benjamin Verdonck is the sceneshifter
who sets the images in motion, only to become lost within them.

A children’s song, accompanied live on stage
by two musicians, Bram Devens and Tomas De Smet.

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Invitation by Festival C’est comme ça! – L’Echangeur in Château-Thierry near Paris
Cadeaux d’anniversaire et autres choses is on display from Saturday 21 September till 19 October 2019. Official opening is on Saturday, 28 September 28 when Song for Gigi plays in the Grande Salle.

 

 

2019 AREN (publication)

AREN
Benjamin Verdonck
2019

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Script of the recent theatre performance Aren

Published by Bebuquin & Toneelhuis
Languages  NL, ENG
ISBN 9789075175769
Price 10,00 euro

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On 10 January 2019, Aren premiered in the Bourla
Theatre in Antwerp. The title refers to the gleaner
who walks behind the harvesters and picks up the
remaining gleanings on the field. There are two parts
to the show. In the first, I present found objects in
constantly changing arrangements. In the second part,
I read a list of unrealized ideas to the audience. This
book comprises the script of the second part.

On 10 January 2019, a large group of school kids
gathered in Brussels for the first time to express their
concern about the inevitable changes to the climate.
This event made my story of an unrealized idea for a
workshop with children rather special that evening. As
I write this now, the elections are behind us. Yet those
who were elected still show no sign that limiting this
catastrophe is in any way a priority.

Benjamin Verdonck, June 2019

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On sale in the Toneelhuis bookshop
or at an upcoming Aren performance

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More publications:
Kalender09 (2014)
werk/some work (2008)
even i must understand it (2017)
kapellen (2019)

kapellen (edition)

kapellen
Benjamin Verdonck
2019

 

for sale on 19 October at Antwerp Academy Art Book Fair
and on 25 & 26 October in V36
for the occasion of vier keer verdonck

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box of 24 small works by Benjamin Verdonck
200 copy limited edition
the first 100 copies are signed and numbered by the artist

Published by Toneelhuis
Languages  NL
ISBN 9789076734347
Price 25.00 euro

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“In the summer of 2016, four families, including mine, moved out of Antwerp to the rural town of Kapellen. This move took away the daily stimulus I used to get from what I came across in the city streets. Now our living room is my studio. This edition is a compilation of small works, taken from a series that I started making since then and reveals my attempt to shift focus from the streets towards what is going on around my worktable.”

Part of this Kapellen series was seen in AREN, my show which premiered on 10 January 2019 at the Bourla Theatre in Antwerp. The title refers to the gleaner who walks behind the harvesters and picks up the remaining gleanings on the field. There are two parts to the show. In the first, I present found objects in constantly changing arrangements. In the second part, I read a list of unrealized ideas to the audience.
This edition presents a selection from one of the collections I used in the first part.
The script of AREN was published by Bebuquin in the Toneelhuis series.

See also:

AREN

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On sale in the Toneelhuis bookshop
or at an upcoming Aren performance

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More publications:
Kalender09 (2014)
werk/some work (2008)
even i must understand it (2017)
AREN (2019)

Liedje voor Gigi

Liedje voor Gigi (Song for Gigi)

A bunch of magic boxes,
stars, music, a house,
shadows,
doors that open and close again.

“The unresolved tension between the charm of the miniature theatre and stories about the slow disaster of growing up in a confusing world makes Liedje voor Gigi deeply moving.” (Pieter T’Jonck in De Morgen, 22 January 2018)

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Dates:
28.09.2019 — 19:00 — L’échangeur / Grande salle – Château-Thierry (FR)
14.11.2019 — 20:00 — CC Ter Dilft, Bornem
02.04.2020 — 20:00 — Tweetakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

2019 Waldeinsamkeit

 

Waldeinsamkeit

generally translated as ‘the deep connection you feel when walking alone in the forest’, this word also stands for a feeling of insecurity in a dark and unpredictable space.

A room turns into a room
turns into a room
turns into a black hole,
an overripe piece of fruit.

A baroque miniature with faded colours, little hatches that open and close, light, darkness and a whole lot of strings. This cabinet of curiosities is the newest addition to Verdonck’s series of table-size mobile theatres.

Created by Benjamin Verdonck and Lucas Van Haesbroeck

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Dates:
25.10.2019 — 20:00 l 20:45 l 21:30 — V36, Het Toneelhuis, Antwerp
26.10.2019 — 15:00 l 15:45 l 16:30 l 18:30 l 19:15 l 20:00 V36, Het Toneelhuis, Antwerp

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

2019 Aren

Aren

“Why create a work of art when dreaming about it is so much sweeter?”
(Il Decameron, Pasolini)

– Aren – ‘gleaning’; which also means ‘harvest’ and ‘yield’

A gleaner walks behind the harvesters and picks up the gleanings that are still lying on the field. When creating new work, more than one idea remains unused.

A tunnel from the National Bank to the florist’s across the street,
a boat on the rooftop of a building,
a collection of rat traps that don’t work,
and one of leaky footballs,
a theatre piece that never starts in which you die a hundred times,
a fox made of cardboard.

Could I put these things next to each other such that something does happen?
Something I couldn’t have come up with myself?

tunnel football fox
fox football tunnel
fox tunnel fox football fox fox

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Upcoming dates 2019-2020:

29.11.2019 — 20:00 — Theater Kikker, Utrecht
11.12.2019 — 20:00 — CC Kruisboog Tienen

Dates 2019:

06.09.2019 — 20:00 — Schouwburg Rotterdam
07.09.2019 — 20:00 — Minard Gent (Het TheaterFestival)
08.09.2019 — 20:00 — Minard Gent (Het TheaterFestival)
10.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Première
12.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
13.01.2019 — 15:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
15.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
16.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
17.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
18.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
19.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
22.01.2019 — 20:00 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
24.01.2019 — 20:30 — De NWE vorst, Tilburg
31.01.2019 — 20:00 — Kaaitheater, Kaaistudio’s Brussel
02.02.2019 — 20:00 — Kaaitheater, Kaaistudio’s Brussel
06.02.2019 — 20:00 — Campo, Gent
07.02.2019 — 20:00 — Campo, Gent
08.02.2019 — 20:00 — Campo, Gent
27.02.2019 — 20:00 — De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
28.02.2019 — 20:00 — De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
01.03.2019 — 20:00 — De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
02.03.2019 — 20:00 — De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
31.03.2019 — 15:00 — 30CC, Leuven

 

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

 

2016 De tijger eet de zebra en de vogel vliegt verschrikt weg

De tijger eet de zebra en de vogel vliegt verschrikt weg
(The tiger eats the zebra and the bird, alarmed, takes off)

Premiere on 20 February 2020

“…
I am planning to make
a big planetarium out of tape, wire and cardboard
in which not only stars and planets will fly by
but also a few objects and animals
and who knows, maybe even a real human being

because it used to be possible to distinguish
the activities of human beings
from the rest
without much difficulty
just like in theatre
where you can forget about
the building and the wings
in order to concentrate on the intrigue

but nowadays the set, the wings,
the back stage, the fly tower, the entire building
has climbed onto the stage and is contesting
the actor’s leading role.

we are gradually realizing
that we cannot go on like this
but then how?
because taking a different road
within the bounds of our present system
invariably means
going backwards
and we will not garner much enthusiasm
with the prospect of less

maybe
we should no longer think about progress
but something like prosperity
… ”

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a peep show
of the whole wide world
a big magic box
an opening dance

a human being an animal an object
side by side
an animal an object
an object a human being an animal
side by side

a last waltz
a room, another room
a tunnel, a narrow vista, a hole
a door
of course also a door
hatches that open and shut, colours that glide by,
surfaces that disappear
and strings, always strings

becoming a shape, a line, a point, a colour
becoming change,
hesitating, halting, starting over
becoming everything
we are the world we are the world we are the world

the show is a sad song
about human beings and the things that surround them
although the moon
(which also plays a role)
remains quite indifferent to it all

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Tour dates 2020 here
Read more here