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Miet Warlop - After All Springville

Year/Length:2021, 50' (Italian premiere)
Concept and direction:Miet Warlop
Performance:Jef Hellemans, Margot Masquelier, Milan Schudel, Freek DeCraecker, Emiel Vandenberghe, Jarne Van Loon
Costumes:Sofie Durnez
Production manager:Rossana Miele
Tour manager:Dana Tucker
Technical coordination:Patrick Vanderhaegen
Technical crew:Jurgen Techel, Frieder Naumann
Produced by:Miet Warlop / Irene Wool vzw
Co-production:HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany), kunstencentrum BUDA (Belgium), Vooruit Arts Centre (Belgium), Perpodium (Belgium), De Studio (Antwerp, Belgium), Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Germany)
With the support of:Belgian Tax Shelter, Flemish authorities, City of Ghent (Belgium)
Thanks to:CAMPO arts centre (Belgium), TAZ – Theater Aan Zee and De Grote Post (Belgium), Amotec (Belgium)
Contact and Distribution:Frans Brood Productions
Tese dei Soppalchi Details


On the stage stands a house. It emits colourful wisps of smoke and shortly afterwards a man in green appears with a rubbish bag in his hand, ready to put it outside. The house is a springboard, a trampoline for the imagination. Are we ready for the leap into the unknown? Are we to witness a surrealistic spectacle or will we (finally!) get to see the underlying reality as it really is, in full view, fragile and blindly hurtful?

The house is like a body. It swallows up the visitors through its openings and spits them out again. Strange creatures, half human, half thing, circle around the house. From a human point of view, they are not fully developed. Some have arms missing. They can hardly see anything. In their clumsiness they give themselves to the full. Here and now. They sniff around, entice, scream for affection. These characters can be only who or what they are. There’s nothing: the table would like better than to be so attractive as to be lavishly laid. The fuse box is about to explode. A group forms briefly before the eye of a camera on wheels. Smile! The audience are the only ones to retain an overview. They watch as one individual drama after another unfolds, as inevitably as the banging of fireworks or a shootout. Until the house and the landscape take over the stage again. Everything just carries on.

Miet Warlop trained as a visual artist at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. In this show she combines the total upheaval of a natural disaster with the relief of a cartoon film or slapstick.

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