In 2020 STAN and Kloppend Hert created Move (On) with nine performers from very diverse backgrounds finding common ground partly in the work and language of the British playwright Dennis Kelly. While making the production, its creators read pretty much everything Kelly had written. His chilling 2009 play Orphans, an exploration of violence in London’s suburbs, is the real substance of Move (On), which combined that script with poetry and literature from the Middle East and also with dance. That substance has now been pared down by separating out Orphans again and performing it on its own.
Orphans is the story of an event in the lives of three people. Helen and her husband Danny are at home celebrating the news that Helen is pregnant with their second child, but their meal is interrupted by Helen’s brother Liam, who arrives covered in blood, claiming that he found an injured boy on the street. The more Danny and Helen grill him, the more it appears that Liam is not as innocent as he makes out.
In chaotic and true-to-life dialogues, which graphically convey faltering, staccato communication, Kelly meticulously unravels a moral dilemma in which the border between good and evil is wafer-thin and the inconsiderateness of everyone’s behaviour is a metaphor for a wider discussion about racism, discrimination and social deprivation. So Orphans is an unsettling reflection on the capacity within us all to do wrong.
“Maybe there's no good and evil. just mistakes and not mistakes.”
Wednesday 12 February 2020 — 20h00 — CC 't Gasthuis, Aarschot, Aarschot
Thursday 13 February 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
Friday 14 February 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
Saturday 15 February 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
Tuesday 18 February 2020 — 20h00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
Thursday 20 February 2020 — 20h15 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
Friday 21 February 2020 — 20h15 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
Saturday 22 February 2020 — 20h15 — C-mine, Genk
Tuesday 3 March 2020 — 20h30 — Toneelschuur, Haarlem
Saturday 7 March 2020 — 20h15 — De Warande, Turnhout
Tuesday 10 March 2020 — 14h00 — BRONKS, Brussel
Wednesday 11 March 2020 — 20h15 — Schouwburg Kortrijk, Kortrijk
Thursday 12 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
Friday 13 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
Wednesday 18 March 2020 — 20h15 — Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
Friday 8 May 2020 — 20h30 — Monty, Antwerpen
Saturday 9 May 2020 — 20h30 — Monty, Antwerpen
Saturday 6 June 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
Friday 28 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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