Herberg (2015) was a 50-minute site-specific performance that could be performed shortly before to shortly after sunset and took place ten to two hundred meters away from the audience. The creation of the performance took place under an E17 viaduct in Ledeberg.
When improvising and rehearsing on site, it soon became clear that the gigantic structure of the bridge was crushing the figure of a human being trying to express something. Faces disappeared completely into the distance, voices were drowned out by car traffic, movements quickly came across as unarticulated noise. The “unfriendly” relationship of the scenography to the performer became the engine to develop a specific poetics and performance.
Simple acts as appearing and disappearing from behind the pillars proved to be the strongest signs a body could give in that place, as did walking or running horizontal lines. If any communication appeared possible, it was primarily rhythmic and musical. The first half of the performance consisted of a composition of passing between pillars.
In the second half of the performance, the sun having almost set, the location changed more into a kind of in-between zone, where “other rules” seemed to apply. The sharp lines and contours of the architecture faded, the bodies of the performers seemed to take on strange, different proportions. In this part of the performance, a car was also introduced as the sixth performer.
Herberg was the master project KASK Drama of Kobe Chielens and Bosse Provoost. At the invitation of Toneelhuis, the performance was transposed in 2016 to an extra large location: the Merksem viaduct, which runs alongside the Sportpaleis.
“It’s a little bit an in-between place. It’s like a dirty, little, forgotten, hidden corner. And I love those areas. You can discover secrets. They’re little truthful places, but they’re not obvious. You have to sink in and find them, and you don’t even know sort of what they are till the elements come together. Then they start talking to you and you start seeing more about the truth of the thing. At first you fall in love with them but you haven’t started sinking in yet.”
14—15.09.16Love At First Sight Festival, Antwerpen (BE)
17—19.07.16MiramirO Festival, viaduct E17 Hundelgemse Steenweg, Gent (BE)
25—26.06.15Dramafestival KASK, viaduct E17 Hundelgemse Steenweg, Gent (BE)
27—29.05.15KASK, viaduct E17 Hundelgemse Steenweg, Gent (BE)