Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt

    21/05  | 20:30
    22/05  | 20:30
    24/05  | 19:00
    24/05  | 22:00
    25/05  | 19:00
    25/05  | 22:00
    27/05  | 19:00

€ 18 / € 15
EN/FR/GR/Arabic/Farsi > NL/FR, NL/EN

Subtitles differ per performance
NL/FR on 21, 22, 24/05 (19:00), 25/05 (22:00), 27/05
NL/EN on 24/05 (22:00), 25/05 (19:00)

A cloud of voices gathers in an imaginary museum. Their bodies are held up elsewhere, but here absent storytellers recount histories of hunting. Some of these voices are heard. Many are not. All are experts of a certain reality. Theatre-makers, journalists, politicians, law enforcement: we are all on the hunt for something. Sometimes it’s people. During an actorless audio performance, you will hear snippets of Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek collected from around the Mediterranean. Sampling from hours of recordings, Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt pieces together a many-voiced portrait of today’s humanhunt. The Wild Hunt is the third instalment of Simple as ABC, a growing series on the Western migration management machine. It follows a theatrical audio essay about cutting edge detection technology and a documentary musical about the digitisation of the EU border.

Text: Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Samaneh Arian, Aristotle, Ghazi Ayari, Thomas Bellinck, Rihab Chaabane, Abir Farhat, Karima Ganji, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Vasilis Mathioudakis,  Mounir, Fatemeh Mousavi, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Farouk Ouartani, Racist Violence Recording Network, Marwen Sammoud, Ervin Shehu, Yiouli Vitou
Artistic collaborator: Jeroen Van der Ven
Directing: Thomas Bellinck
Dramaturgy: Esther Severi
Interpreting: Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Yasmine Bhar, Hayfa Ghozzi, Rym Haddad, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Aisha Zaied
Lighting design: Lucas Van Haesbroeck
Lighting technician: Marie Vandecasteele
Performance: Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Ghazi Ayari, Thomas Bellinck, Abir Farhat, Karima Ganji, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Mounir, Fatemeh Mousavi, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Farouk Ouartani, Nikos Palaiologos, Orestis Seferoglou, Ervin Shehu, The 5th Grade of the 28th Elementary School of Athens, Yiouli Vitou
Production management: Celine van der Poel
Production: Dimitra Dernikou, Yalena Kleidara, Francesca Pinder, Sandra Raes Oklobdzija, Aisha Zaied
Pyrotechnics & set technician: Niels Antonissen
Research & production assistance: Kaat Balfoort, Hayfa Ghozzi, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Bilel Melki, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Laurien Versmissen
Scenography: Camille Lemonnier
Set: Niels Antonissen, Guy Cuypers, Daan Roosen, Toneelhuis Decoratelier, Tim Vanhentenryck, Marjan Verachtert
Sound design: Bart Celis
Sound editing: Lars Morren, Emiel Redant, Johannes Ringoot
Sound technician: Arthur De Vuyst
Stagecraft: Mathias Batsleer, Steven Bontinck, Ijf Boulet, Victor Dries, Johannes Rigoot, Diederik Suykens, Bert Van Dijck
Technical production management: Arthur De Vuyst
Transcription: Samia Amami, Sana Chamekh, Farideh Ghalandari, Amira Hamdi, Cyrine Ben Ismail, Yalena Kleidara
Translation & surtitles: Yasmine Akrimi, Amal Boualga, Vassilis Douvitsas, Mahdieh Fahimi, Farbod Fathinejad, Iannis Goerlandt, Welid Hmeissia, Haythem Khamri, Yalena Kleidara, Marwa Manai, Anna Muchin, Eleni Nasiou, Juliane Regler, Mona Silavi

Production: ROBIN
Co-production: Dream City / L’Art Rue (Tunis), De Grote Post (Ostend), Fast Forward Festival / Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
With the support of: KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent, LabexMed / Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme (Marseille), The Flemish Community of Brussels, The Flemish Government
Concept inspired by Grégoire Chamayou’s Manhunts: A Philosophical History
Additional research interviews: The Asylum Service, The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, The Hellenic Police
Thanks to: Halima Aissa, Ifigeneia Anastasiadi, Dimitris Angelidis, Anonymous, Katia Arfara, Simon Baetens, Louise Bergez, Marc Bernardot, Moon Blaisse, Hassen Boubakri, Sana Bousbih, Dimitris Christopoulos, Ismael Cissé, Patrick De Coster, Johan Dehollander, Bert De Puydt, Omar Fassatoui, Apostolis Fotiadis, Jan Goossens, Hamma Weld Hamida, Louis Janssens, Lobna Jlassi, Ebia Joel, Wafa Kanzari, Khalid Koujili, KVS, Malek Lakhal, Mostfa Lakhdher, Lorena Lando, Leon Konda Ler, Mohsen Lihidheb, Mahdi Mabrouk, Jalel Mahmoudi, Ahmed Mansour, Brigitte Marin, Fatma Mathlouthi, Rosine Mbakam, Yonus Mohamed, Selma Ouissi, Kostis Papaioannou, Lefteris Papagiannakis, Clio Papapantoleon, Stéphanie Poussel, Fanny Robles, Eleni Spathana, Isabel Mohedano Sohm, Imed Soltani, Timo Sterckx, Loes Swaenepoel, Toneelhuis, Carine van Bruggen, Naomi Van Der Horst, An van. Dienderen, Eleonore Van Godtsenhoven et al.

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In 2009 Thomas Bellinck (°Recklinghausen, 1983) graduates as a theatre director from the RITS, the Brussels school for audio-visual and dramatic arts. Before training as a theatre director Thomas studies Germanic Philology at the University of Leuven.  In 2010, together with actor and former fellow student Jeroen Van der Ven, he establishes the theatre company Steigeisen. Under the flag of Steigeisen and often in collaboration with the Royal Flemish Theatre, the two create a.o. Lethal Inc.; De Onkreukelbare and Memento Park. In 2011, Lethal Inc., a PowerPoint performance about the quest for humane execution methods, is selected for Het Theaterfestival 2011. In 2015, together with writer and theatre maker Pieter De Buysser, Bellinck establishes the Brussels-based, artist-run production society ROBIN. The same year, Thomas starts working on Simple as ABC, a series of performances and installations scrutinising the apparatus of European ‘mobility management’. Within the framework of artist Jozef Wouters’ scenery workshop project Infini 1-15 (KVS), Thomas creates Simple as ABC #1: Man vs Machine, a theatrical essay about cutting edge detection technology. In 2016, Thomas is appointed doctoral researcher in the arts at KASK/School of Arts (HoGent), where he becomes a founding member of The School of Speculative Documentary. 2017 sees the première of Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate premieres, a documentary musical about the digitisation of migration management, based on interviews with officers, officials and consultants working for different EU agencies and institutions. From 2018 onwards, Thomas is working on Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt in Athens, Brussels, Marseille, Ostend and Tunis. 

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