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Fri 13.11.2020 - Thu 06.05.2021

Metamorphoses

Manuela Infante & Michael De Cock / KVS
13.11.2020
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06.05.2021

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 …

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 By vampirizing, sucking out the blood, of these outdated fabricated categories, Infante opens nowadays ways to deal with ancient literature.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.

Manuela Infante is een wereldvermaarde Chileense theatermaakster, bekend bij het KVS-publiek van haar vorige stuk Estado Vegetal. Ze werkt reeds geruime tijd rond het non-humane. Daarnaast deelt ze een fascinatie voor Ovidius met Michael De Cock (artistiek directeur van KVS), die zelf reeds verschillende bewerkingen van de klassieke verhalen maakte.

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 ASSITENT & KOSTUUMONTWERP / ASSISTANTE ARTISTIQUE & CONCEPTION COSTUMES / ARTISTIC ASISTANT & 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 TONEELMEESTER / REGIE DE PLATEAU / STAGE MANAGER Lieven Symaeys PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEUR DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Tanja Vrancken PRODUCENT / PRODUCTRICE / PRODUCER Carmina Infante VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Anne Vanderschueren (FR) 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

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