“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
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
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)
What initially was meant to be a lecture
in response to the publication of even i must understand it,
Benjamin Verdonck’s latest book,
turned into a new piece
called Het houten Ezeltje
(The little wooden donkey).
A playful guide to the winding track between studio and stage, including stories, photos, films, a little theatre in a box, a cat and music.
written in big letters on bertolt brecht’s desk was the phrase the truth is concrete at the corner of his desk stood a little wooden donkey with a sign around its neck saying and even I must be able to understand it does such a thing as truth exist something undeniable something for which I will fight for which I will make art