Two Toneelhuis productions, AREN by Benjamin Verdonck and new skin by Hannah De Meyer have been selected by Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. De verse tijd by Mokhallad Rasem and Kuno Bakker (a coproduction with Dood Paard) has been selected for the Nederlands Theaterfestival.
Hannah De Meyer: ‘I feel a very strong bond with a rebellious young generation of antiracist writers, climate activists and economists – the first generation that is not economically better off than their parents. These young people who have been born into a broken world are looking around and indignantly asking: Really? Is this what you’ve left us?
I admire that anger. It’s the firm indignation of people who are forced to look for alternative stories. Different stories about what success is, what prosperity is and what comprises a thriving society.
That indignation can be a transformative force. I’m fascinated by how life-threatening situations can arouse a tremendous amount of resilience and imagination. How peace movements can arise in the midst of political and climatological threats. People who look into the heart of injustice and destruction and then, with determination, nevertheless say something about love.’
"Overwhelming Feminist Ecological Statement. (...) By putting the female body on a line with the geological body called the Earth, De Meyer not only gives voice to her own consciousness but also to all other elements gathered under her skin – the inner landscape of rocks, planets and ancestors ."
"new skin is a strong piece of theatre: a woman who, all on her own, presents a totally believable alternative history – in the form of a fantasy story – and on top of that gives you the idea that all life and all things on this planet are intensely connected, even without God. Film can never do that."
text and performance
- Hannah De Meyer
inside eye / text guidance and performance
- Jesse Vandamme
- Niels Van Heertum
- Frederik Leroux
- Peter Missotten
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