SPEAK! premiere at Kunstenfestivaldesarts
The premiere of the new production SPEAK! with Sanja Mitrovic and Geert Vaes will take place on Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels on 9th of May 2013 (BE).
SPEAK! is a performance about the power and virtuosity of public speaking and its potential to shape society. Working with a wealth of historical material, two performers try to win the audience approval. In the end, is there a winner? And if so, who will that be?
In SPEAK!, Sanja Mitrović continues her exploration of various systems of communication. In a set-up that is evocative of a political campaign or an election the audience is expected to vote for its ‘representative’. In their attempts to win over hearts and minds of the viewers, the performers draw from an arsenal of historical speeches. They put to test the recruiting force of these speeches and the affective potential of images they propose. Would the performers be able to stage an image that we can all imagine together? Are we willing to participate in the temporary collectivity that the performance creates?
Together with Belgian performer Geert Vaes, Mitrović explores the capacity of language, and its public performance, to mobilise a society and to create an image of the world that we can share and participate in. Marked by subtle humor, driven by playfulness and shot through with painful moments, SPEAK! is a performance that takes us on an emotional journey through images from our collective history and our possible futures.
Concept/choreography/direction: Sanja Mitrović
Performance: Geert Vaes, Sanja Mitrović
Dramaturgy: Jonas Rutgeerts
Stage and light design: Laurent Liefooghe & Christophe Antipas (LLAC architects)
Sound design: Luka Ivanović
Costume design: Frédérick Denis
Reseach: Friso Wiersum
Different languages, with subtitles in Dutch and French
Duration: +/- 90 min
Production: Stand Up Tall Productions, Amsterdam
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels
Supported by: Beursschouwburg (BE), Pianofabriek (BE), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (NL), STUK Kunstencentrum (BE)
Financially supported by: Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (NL)
Performing Arts Fund (NL)
World premiere: 9 > 10 > 11 > 12/05/2013 – 20:30
@ Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Brigittines (BE)
NL Premiere: 16 > 17/05/2013 @ SPRING Festival, Utrecht (NL)
17/10/2013 – STUK, Leuven (BE)
Spring 2014 (dates TBC) – Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
28/2 and 01/3 2013 – Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
5 > 6/3/2014 – Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
12/3/2014 – Gruitpoort, Doetinchem (NL)
13/3/2014 – Theatre aan de Spui, Den Haag (NL)
15/3/2014 – Corrosia Almere (NL)
26/3/2014 – Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Photo credits: Kurt Deruyter