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Metamorphoses

Manuela Infante & Michael De Cock / KVS
Sat 17.07.2021 - Sat 12.03.2022
17.07.2021
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12.03.2022

Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid wrote his masterpiece Metamorphoses. It’s a wonderful book full of mystery but at the same time also a book in which women and nymphs are chased by men, lose their voices and are transformed into stones, water, animals…

The starting point for Manuela Infante’s newest piece is a question: how is the concept of “human” being produced in these stories? Why is nature a separate territory, and why are  women so easily expulsed into that fabricated otherness or wilderness? By inventing an Otherness and attaching women to it, ‘human’ is being delimited as a privileged place for men. No wonder then that alt-right groups today venerate these classics as models of behaviour for twenty-first century modern man …

Still, working with these texts is important for Infante: “We need to deconstruct the canon from within. These kinds of pieces aren’t only about damaging dogmas – the beauty of it is that all the ingredients we need to approach the world in a completely different way are contained within them too. It’s why it’s so rich and useful to work with a writer like Ovid.

Infante seeks out how the border dividing human from non-human is fabricated in the text, and then infringes it. For don’t those same distinctions form the basis of people’s – white men’s – arguments to allow for categorising and thus colonising to exploit or appropriate? What difference whether it’s about colonizing women or people of colour, animals or nature? By vampirizing, sucking out the blood, of these outdated fabricated categories, Infante opens nowadays ways to deal with ancient literature. 

The new piece could be best described as a ‘noise play’ in which all voices are processed live. In the enchanted soundscape thus created, voice is not an expression of human agency but rather a more-than-human thing. A voice is a thing borrowed from the wind, that entangles humans and non-humans in endless ventriloquisms, refrains and echoes, without ever belonging to either. 

Manuela Infante is an internationally-renowned Chilean theatre maker, familiar to KVS audiences through her previous piece Estado Vegetal. She has been preoccupied with the non-human for some time. She also shares a fascination of Ovid with Michael de Cock (Artistic Director at KVS), who has himself made several adaptations of the classic stories.

The cast

Hannah Berrada

Jurgen Delnaet

Luna De Boos

Credits

REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Manuela Infante ORIGINELE TEKST / TEXTE ORIGINAL / ORIGINAL TEXT Ovidius CONCEPT & DRAMATURGIE Manuela Infante TEKST ADAPTATIE / TEXTE ADAPTÉ / TEXT ADAPTED BY Michael De Cock & Manuela Infante MUZIEK & GELUIDSONTWERP / MUSIQUE & CONCEPTION DU SON/ MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN Diego Noguera ARTISTIEK ASSISTENT & KOSTUUMONTWERP / ASSISTANTE ARTISTIQUE & CONCEPTION COSTUMES / ARTISTIC ASSISTANT & COSTUME DESIGN Dina Dooreman MET / AVEC / WITH Hannah Berrada, Luna De Boos, Jurgen Delnaet SCENOGRAFIE & LIGHT ONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRE & SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SET & LIGHTING DESIGN Andrés Poirot VISUAL DESIGNER / DESIGNER VISUELE Pablo Mois LICHTTECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE LUMIÈRES / LIGHT TECHNICS Dimi Stuyven GELUID / SON / SOUND Steven Lorie AUDIOVISUELE TECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE AUDIOVISUELLE / AUDIOVISUAL TECHNICS Gert Vanhyfte, Pier Gallen KLEEDSTER / COSTUMIÈRE/ DRESSER Nancy Colman, Heidi Ehrhart TONEELMEESTER / REGIE DE PLATEAU / STAGE MANAGER Lieven Symaeys PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEUR DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Tanja Vrancken VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Anne Vanderschueren (FR) Michael De Cock (NL) BOVENTITELING / SURTITRAGE / SURTITLING Inge Floré PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION KVS COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Fundación Teatro a Mil, La rose des vents - Scène Nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, Perpodium SPREIDING & TOURMANAGEMENT / DISTRIBUTION & DIRECTRICE DE TOURNÉE / DISTRIBUTION & TOUR DIRECTION Saskia Liénard MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF de Vlaamse Overheid, Région Hauts-de-France, Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid via Cronos Invest

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