Colorful surfaces on swaying shutters that roll on and off and effortlessly come and go. A viewing box that can engage a larger or smaller audience by day or night, inside or out, without beginning or end. A well-versed recipe of a great many strings, accompanied by a live musician (Thomas De Smet, Stef Kamil Carlens, Joachim Badenhorst, Roxane Métayer and Bram Devens e.a.).
“When Verdonck slides open a number of panels hidden behind each other in an ever-deepening perspective, a tension emerges in the audience. What’s hidden behind the last panel, beyond the furthest point of exit? An open space, a free space? A finiteness, an infinity? A possibility? (…) But the last panel remains tantalizingly closed; the final, white backdrop is not opened. Of course not; the actual reality is not what we need to see – for that, all we have to do is look sideways at the square. What we need to see is precisely that white canvas, on which everything can still begin, and on which – and this is the consequence of our looking at it – something has to begin. The fact that I see this, and that my eyes meet the eyes of the spectators around me, and that all of those eyes see other possibilities, creates a feeling of great solidarity amongst us. How wonderful!” — Evelyne Coussens in Etcetera
By Benjamin Verdonck and various musicians
21, 22.08.2021 — Mladi levi festival, Ljubljana
8, 9.09.2021 — Het TheatertFestival! Zwarte Zaal deSingel, Antwerpen
17, 18.09.2021 — Tweetakt Festival, Utrecht