Op 21, 22 & 23 april 2016 was Benjamin Verdonck te gast op de 51ste editie van het SMALL THEATRE FORMS FESTIVAL KONTRAPUNKT 2016 in Szczecin (Polen) met notallwhowanderarelost en one more thing. Zijn passage bleef niet onopgemerkt.
“With a minimum of means, Verdonck elicits a maximum of theatre pleasure. Not an ambitious, intellectual pleasure but the simple pleasure of enjoying, in utter silence, the concentration with which an artist plays an intimate game, through which he even makes us empathize with the most banal of objects.” – Els Van Steenberghe, Knack.be, May 7th 2014
Fervour (a cheerful pleasure in the absurdity of the human condition) and a penchant for the unsayable. Few words, lots of pieces of string, snow, colours and angular figures, doors which open and close.Take a seat and enjoy this wavering and restless, changeable and fleeting work. A diorama, a show-box, a Wunderkammer, a table theatre.
Selected for the Theatre Festival 2014.
A quote from the jury’s report: “This stilled show is a crystal-clear answer to the spectacular pace and hectic chaos of modern-day society. (…) notallwhowanderarelost is like an invigorating nature walk (surrounded by lots of songful birds), packed with subtle humour and horseplay with the conventions of the theatre. After that walk you are suddenly aware of the power of slowness and silence. Thanks to the magic of the theatre.”
Benjamin Verdonck was invited to present this show at the Avignon Festival 2015. He was the only Belgian to be invited that year. “A gem of subtlety and sensitivity” - Hugues Le Tanneur in Libération, July 13th 2015
Notallwhowanderarelost has been staged in Estonia, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
“Verdonck pulls the strings of this geometric ballet himself, just as he once did in WEWILLLIVESTORM. At least as disarming as the animation is the animator. All silent encouragement for his objects, on the tips of his toes, like a dancer he pulls on a wooden triangle which suddenly turns on its end or performs a pirouette. (…) Nothing in the sleeves, all in the hands.” – Wouter Hillaert in De Standaard ***, 5th of May 2014
“This is not just a bit of tomfoolery to please the audience. This goes beyond pleasure. This is like a work by Miró, playful and profound. This is a form of transcendency to a different state of being, this is zen, detachment.” - Tuur Devens in Theaterkrant.nl ****, 14th of May 2014
by and with
- Iwan Van Vlierberghe
- Han Stubbe
- Sébastien Hendrickx
- Sven Roofthooft
- Louisa Vanderhaegen
- Benjamin Verdonck
- Griet Stellamans
- Steirischer Herbst
with the support of
- Cultuur Programma van de Europese Unie