Often the true magic of the theatre can only be rediscovered once it is stripped of all its spectacle and its core is laid bare. Pictures, colours and stories in front of an amazed and enchanted, audience. The Belgian author and theatre maker Benjamin Verdonck needs no more than a small, albeit extremely elaborate, vertical structure consisting of countless layers and a handful of strings to transport his audience to unknown worlds. Song for Gigi is the latest in his series of miniature theatres, which he builds himself. Accompanied by two musicians, Verdonck pulls the strings and lets numerous scenes appear and disappear like a magician. This quiet evening is something of a healing antidote to our hectic everyday lives. A small, unobtrusive gesamtkunstwerk that allows visitors to experience the necessity of fiction.
- Artistic Team
By and with Benjamin Verdonck Narrator Louis Nostitz Music Bram Devens, Tomas de Smet Dramaturgy Sven Roofthooft Set Benjamin Verdonck, Lucas van Haesbroeck Light design Lucas van Haesbroeck
Costume Filip Eyckmans
Production Toneelhuis (Antwerp) Distribution Something Great
Premiere January 2018, Bourlaschouwburg (Antwerp)
Benjamin Verdonck (b. 1972) is an all-round artist who lives and works in Antwerp. His makeshift art recklessly navigates between genres and categories: from theatre pieces on stage to performances in the public space, across to objects, to theatre and art installations. In his work, he obscures the consciousness with elements of fantasy, makes language a material, and lets the space and the objects speak. Lately he has been in the search for new forms of “mini theatre”, retractable mobile theatres that can emerge anywhere in cities and just as quickly disappear. Together with Pieter Ampe he presented their piece We Don't Speak to Be Understood at the Wiener Festwochen in 2015.