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The Sheep Song

FC Bergman, Toneelhuis

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A modern parable about our fear of and attraction to change in our lives. The tragedy of man as a fundamentally changing being.
In The Sheep Song, FC Bergman tells about a being that is no longer satisfied with itself. It feels that it has more within it and that it is destined to lead a more glorious life than that of its fellows. Ovis Orientalis Avis prepares to undergo the ultimate transformation, determined to defy fate, the laws of physics and good taste. Dark clouds appear on the horizon. The pounding of hooves makes the earth tremble. The gaping mouth awaits. The desire for change proves to be a storm that is difficult to quell.

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Yes I am Mother Nature's son
And I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
Could only happen to me
 
I'm so free
I'm so free
 
Oh, please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns and fins
 
I'm so free
I'm so free


Lou Reed, I’m So Free

 

After having tamed an industrial terrain in Terminator Trilogie, turned the Bourla Theatre into a swimming pool in Van den vos, ingeniously fiddled with plots and towering stage sets in JR and fantastically flirted with opera in Les Pêcheurs de perles, the gang shows itself to be an old hand at mastering a big stage, telling a big story – rooted in Western art history – and designing big, layered stage images, each of them a breathtaking but never excessive tableau vivant. The enchanting result is called The Sheep Song, and it may very well be the most beautiful production of 2021.

"With the wordless production The Sheep Song , FC Bergman presents a visually impressive fable about a sheep that wants to be human, but doesn’t really belong anywhere."

"With a premise that is as simple as it is absurd – a sheep trying to be a human being – FC Bergman once again makes dazzlingly beautiful theatre. In The Sheep Song , the collective behind JR creates a bizarre and bewildering but above all marvellous universe without words."

Ewoud Ceulemans in De Morgen **** , 15 May 2021

"A phenomenally beautiful The Sheep Song with a good dose of social criticism, brought to us by FC Bergman and Toneelhuis. With Jonas Vermeulen, who delivers an amazing performance as the sheep"

"In catastrophic times like these, a pertinent story, brilliantly staged."

Pieter T'Jonck in Pzazz , 13 May 2021

"Everything on stage is a feast for the eyes. Afterwards you have quite a job deciphering what you have seen, whereas during the performance itself you are swept away on this melancholy trip."

Filip Tielens in Klara , 13 May 2021

"The strongest part of the show is when stillness sets in and the symbolism of solace and rebirth prevails in a splendidly designed scenography. Every now and then you think: this could have been by Romeo Castellucci."

Koen Van Boxem in De Tijd **** , 14 May 2021

"If The Sheep Song were a museum, you would gladly find yourself locked in just before closing time, because you don’t know where to start looking."

"A visually stunning and evocative fable about transformation and belonging."

Credits

by and with

  • Stef Aerts
  • Joé Agemans
  • Matteo Simoni
  • Jonas Vermeulen
  • Marie Vinck
  • Thomas Verstraeten
  • Yorrith De Bakker

light design

  • Ken Hioco

sound design

  • Senjan Jansen

costume design

  • Joëlle Meerbergen

muziek en live uitvoering

  • Frederik Leroux

production

  • FC Bergman
  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Holland Festival
  • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Thursday 21 October 2021 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg
  2. Friday 22 October 2021 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg
  3. Tuesday 7 December 2021 — 20h15 — De Warande, Turnhout
  4. Saturday 11 December 2021 — CC De Spil, Roeselare
  5. Tuesday 14 December 2021 — 20h15 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  6. Wednesday 15 December 2021 — 20h15 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  7. Saturday 18 December 2021 — 20h00 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  8. Sunday 19 December 2021 — 14h30 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  9. Wednesday 22 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Thursday 23 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  11. Monday 27 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Tuesday 28 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Wednesday 29 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  14. Thursday 30 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  15. Saturday 29 January 2022 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg
  16. Sunday 30 January 2022 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg
  17. Saturday 5 February 2022 — C-mine, Genk
  18. Tuesday 10 May 2022 — Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milaan
  19. Wednesday 11 May 2022 — Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milaan
  20. Thursday 12 May 2022 — Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milaan
  21. Thursday 19 May 2022 — De Grote Post, Oostende
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  22. Tuesday 24 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  23. Wednesday 25 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  24. Thursday 26 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  25. Friday 27 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  26. Saturday 28 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  1. Cancelled: Thursday 14 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Cancelled: Saturday 16 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Cancelled: Sunday 17 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Cancelled: Tuesday 19 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Cancelled: Wednesday 20 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Cancelled: Wednesday 3 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Cancelled: Thursday 4 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Cancelled: Friday 5 February 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  9. Cancelled: Friday 5 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Cancelled: Saturday 6 February 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  11. Cancelled: Saturday 6 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Cancelled: Tuesday 9 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Cancelled: Wednesday 10 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  14. Cancelled: Thursday 11 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  15. Cancelled: Friday 12 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  16. Cancelled: Saturday 13 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  17. Cancelled: Wednesday 17 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  18. Cancelled: Thursday 18 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  19. Cancelled: Friday 19 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  20. Cancelled: Saturday 20 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  21. Cancelled: Friday 5 March 2021 — De Grote Post, Oostende
  22. Cancelled: Wednesday 10 March 2021 — 30CC, Leuven
  23. Cancelled: Friday 12 March 2021 — C-mine, Genk
  24. Cancelled: Wednesday 17 March 2021 — De Warande, Turnhout
  25. Cancelled: Friday 7 May 2021 — CC De Spil, Roeselare
  26. Cancelled: Tuesday 11 May 2021 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  27. Cancelled: Wednesday 12 May 2021 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  28. Wednesday 12 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  29. Thursday 13 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  30. Cancelled: Friday 21 May 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  31. Cancelled: Saturday 22 May 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  32. Cancelled: Tuesday 25 May 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  33. Cancelled: Wednesday 26 May 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  34. Monday 14 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  35. Tuesday 15 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  36. Wednesday 16 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  37. Thursday 17 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  38. Tuesday 22 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  39. Wednesday 23 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  40. Thursday 24 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  41. Friday 16 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  42. Saturday 17 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  43. Sunday 18 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  44. Monday 19 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  45. Wednesday 21 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  46. Thursday 22 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  47. Friday 23 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  48. Saturday 24 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  49. Sunday 25 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène

News about ‘The Sheep Song’

Article — 24 March 2021

The Sheep Song at the 75th Festival d'Avignon!

This afternoon in Avignon, the programme for the 75th Festival d'Avignon was presented during the annual press conference, which was live-streamed. Festival director Olivier Py, fully supported by various French government authorities, made the case that the 75th edition of the festival will effectively take place from 5 to 25 July this year. A hopeful prospect! The festival will be organized in conformance with the corona measures, including testing, limited seating capacities, etc. FC Bergman will appear at the festival this year with The Sheep Song.
 

Article — 19 January 2021

The Sheep Song is ready!

The premiere of FC Bergman’s The Sheep Song was supposed to have taken place on 14 January 2021. The show is completely ready, and heart-stoppingly beautiful.

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