The element of performance in the objects and machines that Kris Verdonck brings to the stage is as strong as that of actors or dancers.
The work of this artist, who is affiliated with the Paris-Sorbonne University, lies in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and action, between dance and architecture. As a director, performer and visual artist he has a wide variety of projects to his credit, which he has presented, for example, at the Avignon Festival, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and Rome’s White Night.
In 2016, the same year that a symposium on Verdonck’s artistic practices was held at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (City University of New York), he presented IN VOID, wherein objects, machines and projections occupied the stage of the Kaaistudio in Brussels in a critical reflection on the relationship between man and technology.
“Man has become something superfluous due to his cultivation of growth, process, knowledge and control and to the technology he himself developed. According to some philosophers (Kojève, Agamben, Fukuyama and Baudrillard, among others), we are already in a sort of post-history of satiety, stagnancy, resignation and slow extinction. In Western society objects are more and more alive. We still cling to the division between living people and dead objects, while hybrids can be found right in our pockets”, says Verdonck, for whom theatre is the perfect venue for reflecting on human absence.
In IN VOID II he returns to this same constant obsession that has marked his career. He will create new installations in collaboration with artisans in the city of Madrid. With these new creations he will fashion a theatre setting in which the human artist will disappear and a haunted house where objects come alive will be born.
Photo (c) D.R.
Concept and direction: Kris Verdonck
Performers: Paloma Díaz, Ksenia Guinea, Laura Índigo, Esther Rodríguez-Barbero
Dramaturgy: Kristof Van Baarle
Choreography: Marc Iglesias
Technical coordination: Jan Van Gijsel
Costumes & installation design: Eefje Wijnings
Costumes: Karolien Nuyttens
Research & development mascottes: Koen Roggen
Construction: Vincent Malstaf, Herman Sorgeloos, Geni Diez Suarez, Steven Blum
Tax shelter financing: Isabelle Molhant (Casa Kafka Pictures)
Production: A Two Dogs Company
Coproduction: Naves Matadero
With the support of: Tax Shelter scheme of the Belgian Federal Government, the Flemish representation in Madrid, the Flemish Authorities, the Flemish Community Commission
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