What if the theatre were the belly of a huge whale? Or no, wait, a futuristic, totally unknown ecological system?
Enthused by the poetry of Inger Christensen and Jeff Vandermeer’s eco-science fiction, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost use the entire technical apparatus of the theatre to stretch your imagination to the limits. In Indoor Weather, the lighting, sound and fly bars are on an equal footing with the human performers. All these elements are involved in a mysterious game whose rules lie just beyond our comprehension. A mouldy-green glow suddenly falls across the stage and then spreads like an oil slick throughout the theatre; a performer recites excerpts from it, the monumental cycle of poetry from 1969 by the Danish poetess Inger Christensen; soundscapes swell and recede in the space like areas of high and low pressure. Who is influencing whom in these constantly mutating surroundings? What is dependent on what? Is the environment a mainstay or an opponent?
In front of the mountains, and before the mountains
burn or break up as planned,
houses are set up, but just houses
that are not real houses, but just real
fronts of unreal houses
into which everyone can easily run
when an artificial rain begins
(poem from it, Inger Christensen)
concept, direction, lighting Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost - creation, with Nathan Ooms, Kristien De Proost, Lobke Leirens, Benjamin Cools - dramaturgy Sébastien Hendrickx - outside eye Edith Cassiers - sound design Benne Dousselaere - costume design Carly Rae Heathcote, internship Laurens Aneca, Milan Van Bortel - production Toneelhuis / P.U.L.S. - coproduction De Grote Post, C-TAKT - with the support of workspacebrussels, Kunstencentrum BUDA, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius