Kris Verdonck Brussels


The training of Kris Verdonck (b. 1974) - visual arts, architecture and theatre - is reflected in the work he produces: we can situate his creations in the transit zone between the visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. As theatre maker and visual artist, he can already look back on a wide variety of projects. He directed theatre productions and produced various installations, a.o. 5, (Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2003), Catching Whales Is Easy, II (Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2005) and Variatie II (2006). In november 2007 he created the theatrical installation I/II/III/IIII.

In END, Kris Verdonck shows the possible final stages of a human society in ten scenes. Melting glaciers, burning forests, cities under water, ubiquitous screens and cameras spying on us, the uncontrolled availability of weapons of mass destruction, and so on. END starts out from the images the media project onto our retinas all day and every day. The ten scenes are linked by a monologue spoken by a single character: the witness who sees it all happen. While this survivor - like the messenger in Greek tragedy - talks unceasingly, a series of ‘Figures' appears on stage: machines and people or a combination of the two. They go from one side of the stage to the other, all in the same direction. Are they fleeing something? If so, what? END is Verdonck's first venture onto the large stage, and he has been receiving invitations to major international theatres. An important point in his artistic course!

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), Mira (Bordeaux)