2019 Aren – now on tour

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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Dates:
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 — 20:00 — 30CC, Leuven

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

 

2019 Bourlaschouwburg Antwerpen, 11 januari 2019

Bourlaschouwburg Antwerpen, 11 januari 2019
2019

Video installation from Aren

Part of the group exhibition ‘En Scène’, curated by Kunstcademie Tielt (BE) on view from 14 February till 30 March 2019.

Participating artists: Louis Van Haverbeke, Atelier Bildraum, Roos van Haaften, Maurice Bogaert, buren collectief, Klaas Rommelaere, Anne Demeere, Joris Perdieus and Benjamin Verdonck.

More info:
Kunstacademie, Lakenmarkt 3, Tielt.

 

 

 

 

2018 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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Upcoming dates:
03 & 04.01.2019 —  Wiels
27.11. 2018 —  Bang Festival, Anderlecht

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

2018 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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Upcoming dates:
13.02. 2019 — 20:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
14.02.2019 — 20:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
15.02.2019 — 20:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
16.02.2019 — 20:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
17.02.2019 — 20:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
19.04.2019 — 20:30 — Malpertuis, Tielt
27.04.2019 — 20:00 — CC De Schakel, Waregem
02.05.2019 — 20:00 — CC Evergem, Evergem
06.06.2019 — 20:00 — Wiener Festwochen 2019, Vienna (AT)
07.06.2019 — 20:00 — Wiener Festwochen 2019, Vienna (AT)
08.06.2019 — 20:00 — Wiener Festwochen 2019, Vienna (AT)
09.06.2019 — 20:00 — Wiener Festwochen 2019, Vienna (AT)

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

2017 het houten ezeltje

het houten ezeltje (The little wooden donkey)

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.

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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

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Upcoming dates:
5.03.2019 — 20:30, Theater Kikker Utrecht (NL)
6.03.2019 — 20:30, Theater Kikker Utrecht (NL)

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

 

 

 

2014 one more thing

one more thing

a show-box that fits into a wooden case
a different musician every evening
words that glide past coloured areas
strings, elastic bands
curtains that open and close

a versatile and mobile miniature show inspired by a sentence from Cesare Pavese’s novel
Il diavolo sulle colline
 (The Devil in the Hills).

the sountrack is created during the performance by a musician coming from where the performance takes place.

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Upcoming dates:
14.02.2019 — 19:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
15.02.2019 — 18:30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
16.02.2019 — 17:00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
17.02.2019 — 17:00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

 

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Recorded sountracks: