Gruis/aan de twijfel
31.05.202320:30 - 22:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOX
01.06.202320:30 - 22:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOX
In Gruis / aan de twijfel Sita dreams of writing a children’s book, starring Little Bear Bombazine. But in truth only a few short verses have made the page. Troubles in the lives of her daughter Pearl and her husband Clemens keep her away from the typewriter. She drowns herself in a sea of voices of her motley neighbours, her own thoughts and the radio that incessantly continues to play in the background.
After Solipsists (2022), the KASK alumni of Werktoneel – Jesse Vandamme, Louise Bergez, Lucas Van der Vegt, Joeri Happel and Lucie Plasschaert – are continuing their investigation of human isolation. Whereas Solipsists focused on the individual consciousness and the extent of its subjectivity, the hyper-talented young collective now welcome us into the nihilistic universe of the author Willem Frederik Hermans, where reality is a barely fathomable chaos, populated by characters plagued by the shared desire to lend meaning to the banality of their daily lives.
When celebrated author Willem Frederik Hermans released his novel Uit Talloos Veel Miljoenen in 1981, most reviews were negative. The sequel to Onder Professoren was very lukewarmly received by critics. Over forty years later, Werktoneel is not bothered by this moderate success. In their new performance, the five young makers bring the wry and hilarious novel to life. As an antidote to reason, they make the madness palpable and show that the world can only be understood from a manic state of mind.
Supported by a soundscape based on the vain radio shows that fill the airwaves at lonely hours, Gruis / aan de twijfel forms an antidote to our self-proclaimed transparent and positive society, offering a critique of our desperate optimism about progress.