In Matisklo, Bosse Provoost and five other theatre makers search for the limits of what can be expressed in words and images on the basis of poems by Paul Celan, with costumes that swallow a person up and heaps of inspired material.
As a survivor of the Holocaust, Celan goes to moral and linguistic extremes. His poetry reaches for that which is ‘beyond’ language: a world long before or long past mankind, speaking from beyond his own death… Every word is like a stone that can be picked up and examined from multiple directions. Benjamin Cools and Joeri Happel take a shot at it.
Several ambiguous and inward-looking ‘inclemencies’ also come into play. What extensions of meaning and imagination arise when these inclemencies converge with Celan’s poems?
Doesn’t the dark of the sky testify to distant starlight that can never reach this world? Matisklo is an invitation to gaze at ‘black stars’.
THREADSUNS above the grayblack wastes
A tree- high thought
grasps the light-tone: there are still songs to sing beyond mankind.
(P. Celan, Breathturn)
Now that even the president of the United States is helping to make racism and anti-Semitism socially acceptable again, a group of young Flemish theatre makers are throwing a fresh theatrical spotlight on the language of an almost forgotten Holocaust poet.
"In these images – and there are more of them – Matisklo opens up, revealing a world that is bigger than the images themselves, in which the unspeakable becomes palpable."
set and light design
P.U.L.S. - Project for Upcoming Artists for the Large Stage
The Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris has followed Flemish theatre for over thirty years. Toneelhuis was a guest there with Orlando in 2013 and again in 2015 with Bezonken rood. Fascinated by the vitality of Flemish theatre, the Théâtre de la Bastille is now following the P.U.L.S. project and presenting it to its audience.
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