Fruits of Labor
€ 16 / € 13
Meet the artists after the performance on 20/05
Miet Warlop sways between theatre and the visual arts. At the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2012, she presented Mystery Magnet, painting an explosive canvas of people and objects. This year, she brings Fruits of Labor, a sizzling performance of sculpture and music. In the centre is a runaway, beating drum set around which a life develops. Everything and everyone is constantly changing, dictated by the rhythm of the drum. A motley crew of musicians and performers puts its collective finger on the artery of the world. Warlop plays with the perception of time and cracks the laws of physics, cobbling together the broken pieces to achieve a new equilibrium. Fruits of Labor is a perpetual mobile that depicts the bottomless vortex of the world and breaks through the boundaries of theatre. It’s a wild and crazy trip that absorbs and vibrates, shimmers and endures.
Concept & direction
Barbara Vackier (sculptures), Ian Gyselinck & Sander Vos (moving constructions)
Music & performance
Miet Warlop, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Tim Coenen, Seppe Cosyns
Sofie Durnez, Karolien Nuytens, An Breugelmans
Hugh Roche Kelly
Saul Mombaerts, Pieter-Jan Coppejans
Henri Emmanuel Doublier
Bob Van Langendonck
Associate production manager
Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent), Stijn Kenens, Bram Coeman, Michiel Dasseville, Karel Vanhooren, Elke Vanlerberghe, Michiel De Wilde, Nicolas Provost, Stephen Dewaele, Michiel Goedertier, Arlette Goethals, Sparks-efx, Danai Anesiadou, Geert Viane, Koen de Meyer, Bram Coeman, Paul Warlop
Irene Wool (Ghent)
Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille)
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Vooruit (Gent), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Gessnerallee Zürich, Kampnagel – International Summer Festival Hamburg (Hamburg), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin)
Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent
This project is co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Fruits of Labor
There was once a white line.
And another line.
With force they were inhaled. But not through the nose.
In a performance with a heightened awareness.
The awareness of whom?
A heightened unconscious perhaps.
A performance of what?
The human. The thing.
The metamorphosis. The metamorphosis in a constant state of metamorphosis.
Actors and objects. No hierarchy.
An altar. The eucharist. The body is abandoned.
Welcome to the world above. Welcome to the underworld.
The song swells. Guitars and drums.
An accomplishment. An accomplishment of what?
Of panic. The loneliness. The fear.
Straight through the madness.
In the direction of catharsis.
Powder is sprinkled. ‘I need your love’ is being sung. A voice turns into the sound of a machine.
Passion, always driven.
The form in pursuit of meaning.
Running in the direction of desire?
The performance is a shaman that lets the forces of the world move through him,
spinning, jolting, swinging, and eventually falling down exhausted. Then everything goes quiet.
Oscar van den Boogaard
Miet Warlop (b. 1978) is a Belgian visual artist who lives and works in Brussels and Berlin. She holds a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent where she studied three-dimensional art. In 2003, Warlop won the KASK Franciscus Pycke Jury Prize, and in 2004, the residence prize for Young Theatre Work, with her graduation project Huilend Hert, Aangeschoten Wild, an inhabited installation consisting of six scenes and a crawling subject. Many other performances and actions followed. In the context of the festival Lovepangs (2005) in Vooruit, she performed Koester de Kersen, and in the same year presented Sportband, Afgetrainde Klanken, a 40-minute performance concert staged as an exhausting battle between eight sporting musicians and a small cheering public. In addition, Warlop also worked as a set designer. In 2006-2007, she was part of DE BANK, a project by Victoria (now CAMPO) in Ghent, which provided young artists with the opportunity to work on a project over a period of two years. This is where she developed her series of Propositions called Grote Hoop/Berg. While touring all over Europe with Propositions, she created a new work titled Springville, a 50-minute moving game of chaos, expectation, and surprise in which scenography, costumes, props, and characters are closely interwoven. Springville premiered in May 2009 at BUDA arts centre. While touring with Springville, Warlop moved to Berlin to concentrate on her visual work and on a new performance, Mystery Magnet, in which six performers build an enormous painting-installation that forms the final image of the stage piece. As an associated artist at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Warlop kicked off with the second edition of Alligators, a weekend of mixed media and performances by different artists and musicians. Alligators is a project and an artist collective she created together with Reggie Watts, Michael Portnoy, and Ieva Miseviciuté in order to find better opportunities for working together without making artistic compromises. Meanwhile, Warlop is exploring different possibilities with her visual work and her Nervous Pictures performances, through projects and invitations in the context of the visual arts and theatrical environments. 2014 saw the premiere of Dragging The Bone, wherein sculptures of plaster and wax are built on stage by an athletic lunatic performed by Miet Warlop herself. She has since moved back to Brussels and is now establishing her own organisation.
Miet Warlop at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts
2011: ACT/COLLECTION, Trailer Park
2012: Mystery Magnet