CONVERSATIONS (at the end of the world)
Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company
with Johan Leysen, Jan Steen, Jeroen Van der Ven, José Kuijpers and Marino Formenti
What do you say, do or make when the end is nigh? In Conversations at the end of the world, five figures find themselves in an empty theatre space. They have only their bodies, their capabilities and the time that is left to them. Together these five figures, played by Johan Leysen, Jan Steen, Jeroen Van der Ven, José Kuijpers and the renowned pianist Marino Formenti, create a portrait of humankind in the crazy twentieth century – a century in which man’s image has been significantly eroded and whose wounds we still carry with us today. Waiting for the catastrophe that is inevitably coming, or in the midst of it, they welcome the audience to ‘a last evening’. When faced with death, the characters react with boredom, panic, madness, lethargy, nonsense and absurdity. Their absurdity is fed by the crazy logic of the war, ecological disasters, and all kinds of crises. Despite being in shock, they try to understand what is going on outside, and it is this absurd reaction to a cruel reality that lies behind this new project.
music by J.S. Bach, M. Ravel, G. Ustwolskaja, J, Cage, M. Formenti