2018 NEW: Aren — upcoming première 10 January 2019

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:
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 (Introduction 19:15)
16.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen (Introduction 19:15)
17.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen (Introduction 19:15)
18.01.2019 — 20:00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen (Introduction 19:15) (B)
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

 

 

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:
27.11. 2018 — nn — Bang Festival, Anderlecht

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More info: www.toneelhuis.be

Trailer

Waldeinsamkeit trailer

 

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
2.05.2019 — 20:00 — CC Evergem, Evergem

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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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Before:
2014 – Steirischer Herbst & Next festival
2015 – Art’s Birthday M KHA, Antwerpen

Wednesday 1 October 2014 — 18U30 — , Graz
Wednesday 1 October 2014 — 20U30 — , Graz
Thursday 2 October 2014 — 18U30 — , Graz
Thursday 2 October 2014 — 20U30 — , Graz
Thursday 2 October 2014 — 22U30 — , Graz
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 14U15 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 15U00 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 15U30 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 16U15 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 17U00 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Sunday 16 November 2014 — 17U45 — , Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Monday 17 November 2014 — 13U30 — , Tournai
Monday 17 November 2014 — 14U15 — , Tournai
Monday 17 November 2014 — 15U00 — , Tournai
Monday 17 November 2014 — 15U45 — , Tournai
Monday 17 November 2014 — 18U00 — , Tournai
Monday 17 November 2014 — 20U00 — , Tournai
Thursday 15 January 2015 — 15U00 — , Antwerp
Thursday 15 January 2015 — 15U45 — , Antwerp
Thursday 15 January 2015 — 16U00 — , Antwerp
Saturday 17 January 2015 — 15U00 — , Antwerp
Saturday 17 January 2015 — 15U45 — , Antwerp
Saturday 17 January 2015 — 16U30 — , Antwerp
Saturday 17 January 2015 — 19U45 — , Antwerp
Saturday 17 January 2015 — 20U30 — , Antwerp
Saturday 28 March 2015 — , Lissabon
Thursday 25 June 2015 — , Polverigi
Friday 26 June 2015 — , Polverigi
Saturday 27 June 2015 — , Polverigi
Saturday 29 August 2015 — , Ljubljana
Saturday 5 September 2015 — , Riga
Sunday 6 September 2015 — , Riga
Wednesday 30 September 2015 — , Vilnius
Thursday 1 October 2015 — , Vilnius
Saturday 24 October 2015 — , Gent
Sunday 6 March 2016 — , Antwerp
Thursday 21 April 2016 — , Szczecin
Friday 7 October 2016 — , Marseille
Saturday 8 October 2016 — , Marseille
Saturday 19 November 2016 — 15U30 — , Leuven
Saturday 19 November 2016 — 16U15 — , Leuven
Saturday 19 November 2016 — 17U00 — , Leuven
Saturday 19 November 2016 — 20U00 — , Leuven
Sunday 20 November 2016 — 15U30 — , Leuven
Sunday 20 November 2016 — 16U15 — , Leuven
Sunday 20 November 2016 — 17U00 — , Leuven
Saturday 3 December 2016 — , Brussels
Sunday 4 December 2016 — , Brussels
Saturday 25 March 2017 — , Bagnolet
Sunday 16 April 2017 — 16U30 — , Utrecht
Sunday 16 April 2017 — 18U00 — , Utrecht
Sunday 16 April 2017 — 20U00 — , Utrecht
Tuesday 10 October 2017 — 16U00 — , Lublin
Thursday 12 October 2017 — , Graz
Friday 13 October 2017 — , Graz
Saturday 14 October 2017 — , Graz
Saturday 27 January 2018 — , Oostende
Sunday 28 January 2018 — , Oostende
Sunday 29 April 2018 — , Antwerpen
Monday 19 November 2018 — 20U00 — , Paris

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Recorded sountracks: