2020 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 Saturday 22 February 2020
“Those who first invented and then named the constellations were storytellers. Tracing an imaginary line between a cluster of stars gave them an image and an identity. The stars threaded on that line were like events threaded on a narrative. Imagining the constellations did not of course change the stars, nor did it change the black emptiness that surrounds them. What it changed was the way people read the night sky.” — John Berger
de tijger eet de zebra en de vogel vliegt verschrikt weg
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
benjamin verdonck maakt voor de gelegenheid werk voor drie lage en één hoge kamer van het gebouw, getiteld ‘eventualiteiten’.
de tentoonstelling werd gecureerd door Pieter T’Jonck e.a en loopt tot 10 mei 2020.
2020 From Antwerp to Antwerp via Minsk
From Antwerp to Antwerp via Minsk
It’s been a while since we were last in contact but there is a good reason why I write to you today with a straightforward question.
I recently received an invitation from TEART festival in Minsk to perform my theatre show Song for Gigi (detailed information below and attached) in the next TEART edition in September 2020.
I would like to say yes to this invitation.
However, the distance between my home base Antwerp and Minsk is some 2000km and my crew and me do not travel by flights, never, no exceptions made, not even for a tempting invitation like this one. Instead, we choose to do our travels slowly, usually by train. In this case however, we would like to drive all the way to Minsk, transporting the set and crew in one vehicle on the condition that we can make 3 extra stops along the way.
Touring my work is very important for me as a theatre maker and performer, although not at every cost. Ecological considerations are a driving force in questioning my ways of producing and of showing my work. My practice has evolved because of this, towards smaller works that can escape the common conditions and expectations of touring and the underlying assumption one should be able to show one’s work at any given time, at any given place. From this perspective, it is clear that unless we can present Song for Gigi (detailed information below and attached) in 3 extra venues/festivals along the road to or from Minsk, the whole venture From Antwerp to Antwerp via Minsk would be an irrational and irresponsible undertaking in terms of production and sustainability.
So, we wondered, would it be possible to convince at least 3 programmers with venues or festivals along the way between Antwerp and Minsk to present Song for Gigi in mid september 2020? Is it possible to establish an exchange on this, and reach an outcome even this last-minute (to regular standards)?
As such, this has become an investigation which we want to include you in. Hence my question to you: Would you consider showing Song for Gigi to your audience next September and give your support to an alternative way of touring? And, if you share and support this perspective, would you be willing to contribute to this investigation on how to make this possible, for instance by involving other programmers or sharing this request with colleagues of yours that might be supportive of this idea in other cities and venues along the way? Even if you see no possibility of becoming one of the three stops along the way, it would be very appreciated if you would collaborate to our research, by responding with your thoughts on the matter.
We look forward to hearing from you soon, Many thanks in advance for your kind collaboration,
2019 150 collages (for the neverending park Mechelen)
a series of about 150 collages
suggesting some ideas
proposed by citizens of Mechelen
to complement their city
the Neverending Park in Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen (B) is a project initiated by Willy Thomas. the park with its intensive public programme welcomes visitors till 15 March 2020.
2019 Nest – Grand Hornu
Nest – Grand Hornu (2019)
In Requiem for a Species, Clive Hamilton writes:
“if you have your head in the oven and your feet in the freezer your average temperature may be unchanged but you are still pretty uncomfortable”
New work for the exhibition Nature Morte/Nature Vivante, on view from
23 November (opening) – 8 March 2019 in CID Grand-Hornu, Mons (B).
along with works by Alexi Williams Wynn, Andrea Branzi, Ani Liu, Diana Scherer, Erez Nevi Pana, Formafantasma, Gabriel Rico, Lilla Tabasso, Lois Weinberger, Maarten Vanden Eynde, et al.
Published by Bebuquin & Toneelhuis
Languages NL, ENG
Price 10,00 euro
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.
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
Price 25.00 euro
On sale at the ticket office of Toneelhuis (Orgelstraat 7, Antwerp) and at Copyright Bookshop Antwerp and Ghent (no online purchase of the edition as it is too fragile for post delivery) Online purchases via the Toneelhuis bookshop
“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.
“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
A bunch of magic boxes,
stars, music, a house,
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)