The silencing (2022)
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What kind of attention do we give to the sounds of the environment we inhabit?
What sort of agency do we have when these sounds start to disappear?
The Silencing is a sensitive exploration of the role of the spectator in a theatre space. It mirrors what is happening outside of it – the profound impact that human activity has on its physical surroundings. On stage, a group of young storytellers establishes a shared practice of listening by interweaving autobiographical narrations, speculations, and audio recordings. They fill the theatre space with words and sounds. Until words fail them and there are no more stories to tell.
Concept & direction
May Abnet, Ashley Ho, Julie Mughunda – in collaboration with Ezra Fieremans
Set design advice
Coaching of the performers
Kaaitheater, New Theatre Institute of Latvia & Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (for act: art, climate, transition), C-takt, Buda, wpZimmer and Walpurgis
with the support of Monty and Kunstenwerkplaats
funded by the Flemish authorities
thanks to Q-O2, de School van Gaasbeek vzw, Jonas Rutgeerts, Leonie Persyn, radical_hope
Premiered at Kaaistudio’s (Brussels, BE)
– Oortreders Festival / Dommelhof (Neerpelt, BE)
– Theater Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL)
– Homo Novus Festival (Riga, LV)
– Kaaistudio’s (Brussels, BE) – première