Matisklo (2018) was the first close collaboration between Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost.
Central to the creation was the poetry of Paul Celan (1920−1970).
As a survivor of the Holocaust, Celan goes to extremes, both morally and linguistically. His poetry reaches out to what is ‘beyond’ language: a world long before or far beyond humanity, a speaking from one’s own dead-being. In a Celan poem, each word is like a stone that can be picked up and viewed from multiple directions.
By performing Celan’s poems, Matisklo explores the boundaries of what is utterable. Forced by the complexity of language, performers Joeri Happel and Benjamin Cools enter into unusual modes of playing to make the poem tangible. This wrestling with language is an integral part of the performativity of the piece. Some of Celan’s poems do not seem addressed to ‘us, the living’. This is worked into Matisklo in moments such as Benjamin Cools address of a poem to a pipe, a pipe which appears first as a chimney, and later as a tree.
Matisklo inhabits a kind of ‘doubting scenography’, where the meaning of a figure or environment is unstable and shifts according to the constellation. While some poems were spoken, a multitude were translated into light, sound, set pieces, movements and costumes. In addition to the performers, the fluid environments of Matisklo were traversed by large half- or non-human figures. Two of these figures were made by Max Pairon using raw materials such as waste wood and reed, and one was made by Ezra Veldhuis using AluShape.
above the grayblack wastes.
grasps the light-tone: there are
still songs to sing beyond
20.11.20Toneelhuis, Antwerpen (BE) CANCELLED (COVID-19)
04.04.20Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) CANCELLED (COVID-19)
15—18.10.19Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris (FR)
28—29.03.19Vooruit, Ghent (BE)
24.02.19Toneelhuis, Antwerp (BE)
12.12.18Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
23.11.18Jonge Harten Festival, Groningen (NL)
15—16.11.18Toneelhuis, Antwerp (BE)