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Liedje voor Gigi

Benjamin Verdonck

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A bunch of magic boxes, stars, music, a house, shadows, doors that open and close again.

In 2014, theatre maker and visual artist Benjamin Verdonck made notallwhowanderarelost, where without using words or music he enthralled his audiences with lots of strings, colours and a trick with a chair. ‘Brimming with stillness and tranquillity, this production is a crystal-clear response to the hectic chaos and overly spectacular speed of our society,’ said the jury of the Flanders Theatre Festival in 2014.

Liedje voor Gigi (Song for Gigi) is his newest work in this genre.

A house, shadows, doors that open and close again. Benjamin Verdonck is the sceneshifter who sets the images in motion, only to become lost within them. A children’s song, accompanied live on stage by two musicians, Bram Devens (Ignatz/en de stervende honden) and Tomas De Smet (Think of One, Zita Swoon, King Dalton,…)

"The unresolved tension between the charm of the miniature theatre and stories about the slow disaster of growing up in a confusing world makes Liedje voor Gigi deeply moving."

Pieter T'Jonck in De Morgen , 22 January 2018

"Liedje voor Gigi is an ode to open-mindedness, to discovery and fantasy, and the happiness you can derive from a moment with a child. An ode to an "ordinary" moment, in fact, which Verdonck turns into something special."

"Meanwhile, Verdonck operates the panels and bolts of a miniature theatre in which new perspectives and vistas continually arise. Nothing is what it seems in this peep show/magic box: an endless ballroom vanishes into a black hole; a red surface becomes an illusion of the Big Bang. It’s a constant coming and going of colours, shapes and light, pulling you in like a Mark Rothko painting. You give yourself over to Verdonck’s unhurried magic."

Alexander Hiskemuller in Trouw **** , 25 January 2018

"Liedje voor Gigi is a show in which you can lose yourself, surrender yourself for an hour to the gentle nudges of words and images and then tumble like a child in multiple perspectives. And forget about the adult world for a while – after all, it will be waiting."

Sander Janssens in Het Parool , 25 January 2018

"For his minimalistic performance Liedje voor Gigi – a little under 50 minutes long – he knocks together a magic box with little doors that slide open by pulling strings. Each new door reveals another dimension in the box; doors keep opening so that you can see further and further into the horizon. The lighting makes it an extraordinary viewing experience that gives illusions of depth and movement.​"

Credits

by and with

  • Benjamin Verdonck

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

with the support of

  • Casa Kafka Pictures - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid

All data

  1. Wednesday 13 February 2019 — 20U30 — , Paris
  2. Thursday 14 February 2019 — 20U30 — , Paris
  3. Friday 15 February 2019 — 20U30 — , Paris
  4. Saturday 16 February 2019 — 20U30 — , Paris
  5. Sunday 17 February 2019 — 20U30 — , Paris
  6. Friday 19 April 2019 — 20U30 — , Tielt
  7. Saturday 27 April 2019 — , Waregem
  8. Thursday 2 May 2019 — , Evergem
  1. Sunday 8 October 2017 — 21U00 — , Lublin
  2. Thursday 12 October 2017 — , Graz
  3. Friday 13 October 2017 — , Graz
  4. Saturday 14 October 2017 — , Graz
  5. Thursday 18 January 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  6. Friday 19 January 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  7. Saturday 20 January 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  8. Sunday 21 January 2018 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  9. Tuesday 23 January 2018 — , Amsterdam
  10. Wednesday 24 January 2018 — , Amsterdam
  11. Thursday 25 January 2018 — , Amsterdam
  12. Friday 26 January 2018 — , Amsterdam
  13. Tuesday 30 January 2018 — , Utrecht
  14. Wednesday 31 January 2018 — , Utrecht
  15. Friday 2 February 2018 — , Tilburg
  16. Tuesday 6 February 2018 — C-mine, Genk
  17. Thursday 15 February 2018 — , Haarlem
  18. Thursday 22 February 2018 — , Leuven
  19. Tuesday 6 March 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  20. Wednesday 7 March 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  21. Thursday 8 March 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  22. Wednesday 14 March 2018 — , Rotterdam
  23. Thursday 15 March 2018 — , Brussels
  24. Friday 16 March 2018 — , Brussels
  25. Saturday 17 March 2018 — , Brussels
  26. Sunday 18 March 2018 — , Brussels
  27. Wednesday 21 March 2018 — , Gent
  28. Thursday 22 March 2018 — , Gent
  29. Friday 23 March 2018 — , Gent
  30. Wednesday 4 April 2018 — , Roeselare
  31. Thursday 31 May 2018 — , Groningen
  32. Tuesday 12 June 2018 — , Luxemburg
  33. Thursday 21 June 2018 — , Polverigi
  34. Saturday 30 June 2018 — , Szczecin
  35. Thursday 13 September 2018 — , Almere
  36. Friday 21 September 2018 — , Utrecht
  37. Wednesday 3 October 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  38. Saturday 6 October 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  39. Sunday 7 October 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp

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