Gille leert lezen

Gille learns to read

    12/05  | 19:00 - 20:00
    13/05  | 21:00 - 22:00
    15/05  | 17:00 - 19:00

15 min

Admission free (registration at the bookshop)
Max. 18 persons

Benjamin Verdonck participated in the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2014 with the table-top theatre presentation Notallwhowanderarelost. He has continued to make small-scale theatre pieces and is now returning to the festival once again with Gille leert lezen, the most recent and so far the smallest table-top theatre. With few words but lots of strings, two colours, a pair of shoes, and a cat, the artist unfolds an ephemeral work of art. In May, Verdonck and his miniature performance will be appearing at the festival centre. Something to discover.

Concept & performance
Benjamin Verdonck

In collaboration with
Aidan Radier



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Benjamin Verdonck (b. 1972) is a theatre-maker, writer and visual artist who lives and works in Antwerp. In 2009 he was awarded the Flemish Culture Prize for Performing Arts. Verdonck performs in both the regular theatre auditorum and in the public space. His theatre productions have included KALENDER ǀ ZWART (2010), DISISIT (2011), Song#2 (2012, with Abke Haring), the table show notallwhowanderarelost (2014) and its little brother one more thing (2014), and WE DON’T SPEAK TO BE UNDERSTOOD (2015, with Pieter Ampe). In the 2016-17 season he is making a new show Wat ik graag zou zijn als ik niet was wat ik ben (What I would like to be if I wasn’t what I am) with Willy Thomas (ARSENAAL/LAZARUS). Interventions in the public space include Hirondelle / Dooi vogeltje / the Great swallow (a man-size bird’s nest against a glass building 32 metres above the ground), KALENDER 09 (365 days of ‘actions’ in Antwerp), Vogelenzangpark 17bis and BOOT (BOAT, a 10-day project on a block of flats in Szczecin in Poland). His visual work has been shown at (among other places) WIELS, M HKA and SMAK. Under the title EVEN I MUST UNDERSTAND IT, Benjamin Verdonck is now working on a series of installations, actions and activities in which he tries to address the absence of a public debate on the inevitable changes gradually taking place in our ecosystem. De finale (The Finale, 2015) and nest (2015) were the first installations in this series. 1000 bomen en granaten (1,000 trees and grenades, 2015) were two of the actions in the cycle. In 2016 he is making Nocturama with Thomas Verstraeten (FC Bergman) and several other actions are planned. In parallel to this Verdonk’s visual work is shown in galleries like the Annie Gentils Gallery (2015) and Croxhapox (2016). In the period 2013-2016 Benjamin Verdonck has received the support of KVS and Toneelhuis.

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