new skin is a show about that determination, that energy and that love.
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
Niels Van Heertum
Saturday 11 January 2020 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
Saturday 7 March 2020 — Le Quartz Brest, Brest
Friday 21 September 2018 — 20U00 — V36, De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp
Saturday 22 September 2018 — 22U00 — V36, De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp
Sunday 23 September 2018 — 18U00 — V36, De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp
Wednesday 5 December 2018 — NTGent - Arca, Gent
Thursday 31 January 2019 — Frascati, Amsterdam
Friday 1 February 2019 — Frascati, Amsterdam
Friday 22 February 2019 — 20U00 — V36, De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp
Saturday 23 February 2019 — 20U00 — V36, De Vrièrestraat 36, Antwerp
Thursday 28 February 2019 — Kunstencentrum Nona, Mechelen
Friday 22 March 2019 — 20U00 — Festival Cement, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
Saturday 23 March 2019 — 19U00 — Festival Cement, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
Sunday 24 March 2019 — 20U00 — Festival Cement, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
Friday 3 May 2019 — Tanzquartier, Wien
Saturday 4 May 2019 — Tanzquartier, Wien
Sunday 8 September 2019 — 20U30 — Nederlands Theaterfestival, Amsterdam
Wednesday 11 September 2019 — 20U00 — Het TheaterFestival Vlaanderen, Gent
Thursday 12 September 2019 — 19U00 — Het TheaterFestival Vlaanderen, Gent
Friday 11 October 2019 — 19U00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
Saturday 12 October 2019 — 19U00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
Tuesday 15 October 2019 — 19U00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
Wednesday 16 October 2019 — 19U00 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
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.
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.
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