PLEASANT ISLAND

Silke Huysmans | Hannes Dereere | CAMPO (Brussels | Gent)

entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00

Cool-Down with Hans Becker after the performance on Oct 28th | Artist talk after the performance on Oct 29th, moderated by Frauke Zabel

English with German supertitles

  • Rollstuhlgerecht
  • Alternative Sitz- und Liegemöglichkeiten
  • Induktive Höranlage

Nauru is a small island state in the Pacific. English whalers once called it “Pleasant Island”. The history of this present-day mini state can be read as a parable of the western world. Following the discovery of enormous phosphate reserves, Nauru became one of the richest countries in the world. Every inch of land was dug up and mined – until the island’s natural resources were completely depleted. Today, Nauru is one of the poorest countries in the world. To generate state income, Nauru interns refugees at Australia’s behest. Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere travelled to Nauru on a research trip for their project PLEASANT ISLAND. Once there, they talked to inhabitants and refugees. Because they were threatened with reprisals, they dispensed with camera equipment and limited themselves to interviews on mobile phones. The aesthetic of the smartphone also dominates the events on stage. The documentary immediacy points to the urgency of the situation: Nauru’s decimated ecosystem is the harbinger of a looming global environmental catastrophe.

Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere were on stage with MINING STORIES at SPIELART 2017

 

 

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Performance   Politics and History   Postcolonialism   Solidarity  

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By & with Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere Dramaturg Dries Douibi Sound Mixing Lieven Dousselaere Technical Anne Meeussen & Piet Depoortere

 

Translation Surtitles Lilian-Astrid Geese

Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere took their first artistic steps at the Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) and the Bâtard Festival. In their celebrated MINING STORIES (SPIELART 2017), they explored the effects of a mining disaster in Brazil. In future, they will develop their works under the umbrella of CAMPO with the support of Pianofabriek, KAAP in Bruges, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Beursschouwburg in Brussels.   

Production CAMPO Co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Spring Festival Utrecht, Beursschouwburg, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Veem House For Performance, Spielart & De Brakke Grond Residencies Beursschouwburg, De Grote Post, Kaap, Kunstencentrum Buda, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, STUK & Veem House for Performance, LOD With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Many thanks to all collocutors in Nauru