Shelly Shonk Fiffit

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe / Toneelhuis
Sat 30.03.2024 20:00 - 22:00
KVS, Brussels
20:00 - 22:00

In Shelly Shonk Fiffit, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe broaches a theme that is just as unfathomable as the creation’s title: the cosmos. As usual, Meirhaeghe doesn’t start with a text or a clearly delineated concept, but from certain fascinations and the dynamic group of performers he brings together.

On 25 December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched. This infrared telescope is the biggest and most sophisticated space telescope ever, which allows scientists to look deep into the universe and into the past. It is used among others to seek out the ‘cosmic dawn’: the light of the very first stars, which came into being shortly after the birth of our universe.

But more than the voyage of discovery the telescope makes, Meirhaeghe is fascinated by the capability of the human mind to rise above itself and the universe. The vast endlessness of the universe engulfs us; science is constantly seeking, but our imagination is absolute.

His companion on this trip past the borders of our body and our time is the Italian composer Caterina Barbieri. She creates electronic music with a ‘transformative and mind-enhancing’ potential. To the hypnotic tones of Fantas (part of her masterful 2019 album Ecstatic Computation), the performers, dancers and singers surrender to the inexplicable and inexpressible.

Shelly Shonk Fiffit will be an intense and ecstatic visual and musical trip, through both our inner worlds and the far corners of the cosmos. Fiffit!

“Par l’espace l’univers me comprend et m’engloutit comme un point; par la pensée je le comprends.”

Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670


REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / MUSIC Caterina Barbieri SCENOGRAFIE & LICHT / SCÉNOGRAPHIE & LUMIÈRES / SCENOGRAPHY & LIGHT Bart Van Merode, Zaza Dupont DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Louise van den Eede VAN & MET / DE & AVEC / BY & WITH acht performers (ntb) STEMCOACH / COACH VOCAL / VOCAL COACH Wouter Deltour PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Toneelhuis MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid, Look@Leo