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The Sheep Song

Toneelhuis, FC Bergman

A modern parable about our fear of and attraction to change in our lives. The tragedy of man as a fundamentally changing being.
In The Sheep Song, FC Bergman tells about a being that is no longer satisfied with itself. It feels that it has more within it and that it is destined to lead a more glorious life than that of its fellows. Ovis Orientalis Avis prepares to undergo the ultimate transformation, determined to defy fate, the laws of physics and good taste. Dark clouds appear on the horizon. The pounding of hooves makes the earth tremble. The gaping mouth awaits. The desire for change proves to be a storm that is difficult to quell.

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Yes I am Mother Nature's son
And I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
Could only happen to me
 
I'm so free
I'm so free
 
Oh, please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns and fins
 
I'm so free
I'm so free


Lou Reed, I’m So Free

 
On the occasion of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2024, a label was awarded to a select number of cultural events. We are proud that The Sheep Song is part of the Belgian presidency!

The Sheep Song is an unsettling masterpiece, the kind of challenging art we expect from the Adelaide Festival, (..) it goes beyond expectations. It’s utterly ambitious and provoking theatre.

"The central thread of the wordless play is adorned with a strong musical score (Frederik Leroux-Roels), dramatic lighting (Ken Hioco) and brilliantly conceived props. Titus De Voogdt is superb as the sheep, though it should be said that the collective claims acting is much less important than the concept at the heart of each work and its presentation."

in Indaily

"After having tamed an industrial terrain in Terminator Trilogie , turned the Bourla Theatre into a swimming pool in Van den vos , ingeniously fiddled with plots and towering stage sets in JR and fantastically flirted with opera in Les Pêcheurs de perles , the gang shows itself to be an old hand at mastering a big stage, telling a big story – rooted in Western art history – and designing big, layered stage images, each of them a breathtaking but never excessive tableau vivant. The enchanting result is called The Sheep Song , and it may very well be the most beautiful production of 2021."

Els Van Steenberghe in Knack Focus **** , 16 May 2021

"With the wordless production The Sheep Song , FC Bergman presents a visually impressive fable about a sheep that wants to be human, but doesn’t really belong anywhere."

"With a premise that is as simple as it is absurd – a sheep trying to be a human being – FC Bergman once again makes dazzlingly beautiful theatre. In The Sheep Song , the collective behind JR creates a bizarre and bewildering but above all marvellous universe without words."

Ewoud Ceulemans in De Morgen **** , 15 May 2021

"In catastrophic times like these, a pertinent story, brilliantly staged."

Pieter T'Jonck in Pzazz , 13 May 2021

"Everything on stage is a feast for the eyes. Afterwards you have quite a job deciphering what you have seen, whereas during the performance itself you are swept away on this melancholy trip."

Filip Tielens in Klara , 13 May 2021

"The strongest part of the show is when stillness sets in and the symbolism of solace and rebirth prevails in a splendidly designed scenography. Every now and then you think: this could have been by Romeo Castellucci."

Koen Van Boxem in De Tijd **** , 14 May 2021

"If The Sheep Song were a museum, you would gladly find yourself locked in just before closing time, because you don’t know where to start looking."

"A visually stunning and evocative fable about transformation and belonging."

by

  • Jonas Vermeulen
  • Marie Vinck
  • Stef Aerts
  • Thomas Verstraeten
  • Joé Agemans
  • Matteo Simoni

with

  • Jonas Vermeulen
  • Stef Aerts
  • Matteo Simoni/Dries De Win
  • Marie Vinck/Gudrun Ghesquiere
  • Thomas Verstraeten/Bart Hollanders
  • Joé Agemans/Yorrith De Bakker

light design

  • Ken Hioco

sound design

  • Senjan Jansen

costume design

  • Joëlle Meerbergen

music and live performance

  • Frederik Leroux-Roels/Ruben Machtelinckx

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • FC Bergman

coproduction

  • Holland Festival
  • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter powered by Belfius

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  1. Wednesday 1 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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  2. Thursday 2 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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  3. Friday 3 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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  4. Saturday 4 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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  5. Wednesday 8 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
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  6. Thursday 9 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 10 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Saturday 11 May 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  1. Cancelled: Thursday 14 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Cancelled: Saturday 16 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Cancelled: Sunday 17 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Cancelled: Tuesday 19 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Cancelled: Wednesday 20 January 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Cancelled: Wednesday 3 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Cancelled: Thursday 4 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Cancelled: Friday 5 February 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  9. Cancelled: Friday 5 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Cancelled: Saturday 6 February 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  11. Cancelled: Saturday 6 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Cancelled: Tuesday 9 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Cancelled: Wednesday 10 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  14. Cancelled: Thursday 11 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  15. Cancelled: Friday 12 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  16. Cancelled: Saturday 13 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  17. Cancelled: Wednesday 17 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  18. Cancelled: Thursday 18 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  19. Cancelled: Friday 19 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  20. Cancelled: Saturday 20 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  21. Cancelled: Friday 5 March 2021 — De Grote Post, Oostende
  22. Cancelled: Wednesday 10 March 2021 — 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven
  23. Cancelled: Friday 12 March 2021 — C-mine/Grote zaal, Genk
  24. Cancelled: Wednesday 17 March 2021 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  25. Cancelled: Friday 7 May 2021 — CC De Spil, Roeselare
  26. Cancelled: Tuesday 11 May 2021 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  27. Cancelled: Wednesday 12 May 2021 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  28. Wednesday 12 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  29. Thursday 13 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  30. Cancelled: Friday 21 May 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  31. Cancelled: Saturday 22 May 2021 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  32. Cancelled: Tuesday 25 May 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  33. Cancelled: Wednesday 26 May 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  34. Monday 14 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  35. Tuesday 15 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  36. Wednesday 16 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  37. Thursday 17 June 2021 — Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  38. Tuesday 22 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  39. Wednesday 23 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  40. Thursday 24 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  41. Friday 16 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  42. Saturday 17 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  43. Sunday 18 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  44. Monday 19 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  45. Wednesday 21 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  46. Thursday 22 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  47. Friday 23 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  48. Saturday 24 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  49. Sunday 25 July 2021 — 15h00 — Festival van Avignon, Vedène
  50. Thursday 21 October 2021 — 20h00 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg
  51. Friday 22 October 2021 — 20h00 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg
  52. Cancelled: Tuesday 7 December 2021 — 20h15 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  53. Cancelled: Saturday 11 December 2021 — 20h00 — CC De Spil, Roeselare
  54. Cancelled: Tuesday 14 December 2021 — 20h15 — SPOT Groningen, Groningen
  55. Cancelled: Wednesday 15 December 2021 — 20h15 — SPOT Groningen, Groningen
  56. Cancelled: Saturday 18 December 2021 — 20h00 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  57. Cancelled: Sunday 19 December 2021 — 14h30 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  58. Cancelled: Wednesday 22 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  59. Thursday 23 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  60. Cancelled: Monday 27 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  61. Cancelled: Tuesday 28 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  62. Wednesday 29 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  63. Thursday 30 December 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  64. Cancelled: Saturday 29 January 2022 — 19h00 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg
  65. Cancelled: Sunday 30 January 2022 — 18h00 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg
  66. Saturday 5 February 2022 — 20h15 — C-mine/Grote zaal, Genk
  67. Tuesday 10 May 2022 — 19h30 — Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milaan
  68. Wednesday 11 May 2022 — 20h30 — Piccolo Teatro Strehler, Milaan
  69. Thursday 19 May 2022 — 20h00 — De Grote Post, Oostende
  70. Tuesday 24 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  71. Wednesday 25 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  72. Thursday 26 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  73. Friday 27 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  74. Saturday 28 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  75. Monday 30 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  76. Tuesday 31 May 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  77. Friday 26 August 2022 — 21h00 — Comédie de Genève, Genève
  78. Saturday 27 August 2022 — 19h00 — Comédie de Genève, Genève
  79. Sunday 28 August 2022 — 16h00 — Comédie de Genève, Genève
  80. Friday 2 September 2022 — 19h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
  81. Saturday 3 September 2022 — 19h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
  82. Sunday 4 September 2022 — 13h00 — Bergmanfestivalen, Stockholm
  83. Sunday 11 September 2022 — 20h30 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  84. Monday 12 September 2022 — 18h30 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  85. Saturday 17 September 2022 — 20h00 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  86. Sunday 18 September 2022 — 14h30 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  87. Saturday 5 November 2022 — 20h00 — CC De Spil, Roeselare
  88. Thursday 10 November 2022 — 20h15 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  89. Friday 11 November 2022 — 21h00 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  90. Friday 18 November 2022 — 21h00 — Teatro Central, Sevilla
  91. Saturday 19 November 2022 — 21h00 — Teatro Central, Sevilla
  92. Thursday 16 March 2023 — 20h00 — Adelaide Festival, Adelaide
  93. Friday 17 March 2023 — 20h30 — Adelaide Festival, Adelaide
  94. Saturday 18 March 2023 — 20h30 — Adelaide Festival, Adelaide
  95. Sunday 19 March 2023 — 17h00 — Adelaide Festival, Adelaide
  96. Cancelled: Friday 12 May 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem
  97. Cancelled: Saturday 13 May 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem
  98. Wednesday 2 August 2023 — 20h00 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  99. Thursday 3 August 2023 — 15h00 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  100. Friday 15 December 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem
  101. Saturday 16 December 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem
  102. Saturday 27 January 2024 — 19h00 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg
  103. Sunday 28 January 2024 — 15h00 — Thalia Theater, Hamburg

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