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The tiger eats the zebra and the bird, alarmed, takes off

Toneelhuis, Benjamin Verdonck

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After notallwhowanderarelost (2014) and Liedje voor Gigi (2018), Benjamin Verdonck has created a choreography for life-sized figures, an unusual planetarium made out of adhesive tape, strings and cardboard. 
‘Things’ have played an important role in Benjamin Verdonck’s theatre work for some time now. But whereas previously he acted as a sceneshifter who manipulated these objects, forms and planes and then gave them a voice, now it is the things that monopolize centre stage and contest the role of the actor. 

a peep show
of the whole wide world
a big magic box

an opening dance
a human being an animal an object
side by side
an animal an object
an object a human being an animal
side by side
a last waltz

a room, another room
a tunnel, a narrow vista, a hole
a door
of course also a door
hatches that open and shut, colours that glide by,
surfaces that disappear
and strings, always strings

becoming a shape, a line, a point, a colour
becoming change,
hesitating, halting, starting over
becoming everything
we are the world we are the world we are the world

the show is a sad song
about human beings and the things that surround them
although the moon
(which also plays a role)
remains quite indifferent to it all

oh! you shall see vat you shall see
After the show had to be cancelled right after its premiere on the eve of the first lockdown, there is now a new premiere. A resurrection, expanding in all directions, spinning around more fiercely and wildly than before.

Credits

by

  • Benjamin Verdonck
  • Lucas van Haesbroeck

dramaturgy

  • Sven Roofthooft
  • Leen Hammenecker

sceneshifters

  • Dominick Geentjens
  • Janneke Hertoghs
  • Tina Heylen
  • Anton Leysen
  • Chris Reijnen
  • Iwan Van Vlierberghe

light design

  • Lucas van Haesbroeck

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Theaterfestival Boulevard

with the support of

  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Thursday 24 March 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 25 March 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 26 March 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Sunday 27 March 2022 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  1. Cancelled: Thursday 20 February 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Saturday 22 February 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Sunday 23 February 2020 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Tuesday 3 March 2020 — 20h00 — 30CC, Leuven
  5. Tuesday 17 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Wednesday 18 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Thursday 19 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Friday 20 March 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Cancelled: Friday 3 April 2020 — 20h00 — CC Ter Dilft, Bornem
  10. Cancelled: Thursday 23 April 2020 — 20h30 — Theater De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
  11. Cancelled: Tuesday 28 April 2020 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  12. Cancelled: Wednesday 29 April 2020 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  13. Cancelled: Friday 19 June 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  14. Cancelled: Saturday 20 June 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel

News about ‘The tiger eats the zebra and the bird, alarmed, takes off’

What Things Want Article — 22 February 2020

What Things Want

How does art become political? How do you reflect the silence of the non-existent public debate on the climate catastrophe? How do you present theatre in an ecological system that is increasingly and irreparably changing? How do you make work that is sustainable?

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