08.11.2018 — 10.11.2018
Always In The Kitchen: theatre & text
Festival / with CAMPO

Thu 08.11 → 20:00 & 22:00    Fri 09.11 → 20:00 & 22:00    Sat 10.11 → 20:00 & 22:00


 

Always In The Kitchen

Combining forces for the multidisciplinary art festival Always In The Kitchen, Gouvernement and CAMPO reunite artists and audience in a familiar yet disturbing setting: an IKEA®-kitchen. For three weeks the space is challenged by curators, theatre makers and artists. An unusual context emerges and acts as the blank canvas for the different disciplines, while obtaining multiple layers with every happening.

From off-beat installations and theatrical kitchen scenes to in situ art works and total sensory experiences, nothing, not even the freezers or stoves, will be spared. Week I focuses on theatre & text, week II evolves around visual arts and week III casts a light on cross-overs between music, performance, video and much more.

 

Week I: Theatre and text

 

Heading off for the first week: Dounia Mahammed & Gosie Vervloessem, Hof van Eede, Tibaldus and Angelo Tijssens. Each one of them has a strong affinity with language and a sense of humour, especially when it comes to interpreting this new environment. They separately create a ‘kitchen scene’ in which they use and adjust the kitchen and its characteristics, or draw upon famous kitchen plays and scenes representing mundane life at the heart of the home.

Technique: Anne Meeussen & Philippe Digneffe

 

Dounia Mahammed & Gosie Vervloessem

Dounia Mahammed and Gosie Vervloessem, both linked to the residency platform wpZimmer, have a strong connection with food, kitchen related themes and kitchen experiments. The artists cherish a fascination in cornflour which also acts as the binding agent between them. In their research “kitchen laboratory”, they translate the transformation of forms, the digestion of human beings and of animals into a search for the hidden, underground and invisible things. The play manoeuvres from one temperament to another, from boiling to freezing point and back. As its emphasis lies on transition phases of forms and substances, the kitchen is an ambiguous space. With the heat turned on, Mahammed and Vervloessem provoke us via unexpected methods.

Text, direction & play: Dounia Mahammed & Gosie Vervloessem

Hof van Eede

Design your own life

Buying a kitchen. For some it’s an investment like everything else, for others a first step towards an existential crisis. Especially at an IKEA store, that listens to the baseline “Design your own life” and is decorated as a collection of picture-perfect backdrops where you can walk around to test your possible lives. In what décor can I be at home? Who is shaping who? Do I form the kitchen or does the kitchen form me? Hof van Eede sheds a light on a couple in a show room where they are forced to wonder where they want to feel at home. The staged hygge at IKEA gives such a familiar vibe that it eventually becomes unheimlich. Navigating between hygge, spaghetti meatballs and handless slides, the couple might not only lose their grip but also each other.

Text & direction: Wannes Gyselinck & Ans Van den Eede
Play: Greg Timmermans, Ans Van den Eede & Patrick Vervueren

Tibaldus

Together with two nine-year-old girls, Tibaldus-member Hans Mortelmans evokes a sequence of dreams. In those dreams, two old women, a female dancer and a king who wants to be an actor pass by.

“Two women are with us in the same room. They are two old women, though I can’t exactly say what their age is. It seems as if they grew up together here. They can be sisters, but I’m not sure about that. Behind them is a little table and on it stands a Christmas tree. The weird thing is that I don’t know whether that means it’s Christmas, or if the tree is just part of the interior. I think it is Christmas time, but maybe the two women don’t feel like removing the Christmas tree. One woman sits more at the back near a wooden cupboard, out of which comes a part of a tray. She uses the tray as a writing desk, lying there are postcards, letters and blue paper on which she writes.”

Text & direction: Hans Mortelmans
Play: Hans Mortelmans, Renée Van Reeth & Rosanne Van Severen

Angelo Tijssens

Our senses are masters in associating things which might seem non-related at first, and they clearly link together our taste buds and unforgettable moments. Just like that mesmerising ratatouille dish from the eponymous Walt Disney movie, food and memories seem to rhyme easily together as a match made in heaven. Unwillingly becoming a space where multitasking prevails, the kitchen brings together people we love, their stories and comfort food – especially after a long day of work. Theatre maker Angelo Tijssens drags us in a play where all our senses are simultaneously triggered and offers a sort of homage to the kitchen with the space as an important glue between food and people. While An Miller puts on the oven gloves and wields the kitchen knife, the monologue, sometimes disguised as a dialogue, invites us to take a walk down memory lane.

Text: Angelo Tijssens
Direction: Pol Heyvaert
Play: An Miller