The Cosmic Meaning Illusion

Jana De Kockere, Ferre Vuye

Theatre maker and philosopher of science Jana De Kockere dug into the history of science and became confused. In 1616, people in Western Europe saw that nature was wasting away, had become ill due to the sins of man. Floods, cold winters, crop failures, pestilence: nature was on the point of dying. Now, 406 years later, nature is still with us, but it seems to be dying again. What does this repetition mean? Why do we once again believe in the end of the world?

This show is not about climate change. The issue here is not the truth of the ecological crisis. It is about what ‘an end’ means. What believing in an end means, and the fact that this belief has a history.

De Kockere dug into that history and came up with a fictional character in the present: an incarnation of an existential crisis, played by Ferre Vuye. Searching for meaning in this crisis leads to madness, but so does denying it.

Concept and creation: Jana De Kockere and Ferre Vuye - Direction: Jana De Kockere - Performance: Ferre Vuye and Sophia Bauer - Visual direction and design: Carly Rae Heathcote - With the support of: Monty, Gouvernement and Campo – In collaboration with: Ghent University, Philosophy Department, supported by the Societal Value Creation Fund

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