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.
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Stef Aerts/Joé Agemans
Matteo Simoni/Dries De Win
Yorrith De Bakker/Jan Deboom
Marie Vinck/Gudrun Ghesquiere
Thomas Verstraeten / Bart Hollanders
muziek en live uitvoering
Frederik Leroux-Roels/Ruben Machtelinckx
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa
with the support of
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Friday 2 September 2022 — 19h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
Saturday 3 September 2022 — 19h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
Sunday 4 September 2022 — 13h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
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.
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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