Kris Verdonck Brussels

H, an incident

Working for many years at the intersection of theatre and visual installation, Kris Verdonck encountered a large stage for the first time at the 2008 Kunstenfestivaldesarts. This year, he is offering an even more ambitious piece of musical theatre. To question the insidious effect our information society has on privacy and individual freedom, he is summoning the spirit of Daniil Harms, a Russian writer and dissident who was a contemporary of Malevich. H, an incident is a post-human opera performed by robotised musical instruments, a choir of Icelandic singers, a collecti on of multimedia tools and Daniil Harms in flesh and pixels. In an ambiguous area between the cold terror of reality and the absurd lightness of imagination, Verdonck confronts the Russian writer’s surreal world with the madness of our present-day world. Bodies, machines, minds…: all force their way through Harms’ fantasy universe until they are no longer there.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux)