With this performance, image foundry DE MAAN continues to put more colour on the stage, in the line of DJINNY. We further tap into the young audience, which preferably is as diverse as possible.
An unnamed girl grows up in a circus family. Unfortunately, not in her beloved homeland. The family had been forced to flee. The girl looks at her new reality with the eyes of a naive yet omniscient child. Her voice is poetic and raw, sometimes humorous or absurd, sometimes tragic yet light. But always melancholy.
A procession of experiences gradually sculpts her young life: from circus daughter to apparent orphan, to a child star in vaudeville. In a hall of mirrors, you never know how the next mirror will distort your self-image. However, she continues to dream of just one thing: becoming a famous movie star.
For once, the slogan ‘come and see’ really fits. Allow yourself be surprised and astonished, like the theatre and circus always do.
With this production, DE MAAN again ventures outside traditional frameworks: namely, before the start, you walk through the ‘Tentation tentaculaire’, a route with visual installations. These give you a look at the nomadic existence of the family or depict the theme of migration. A production and exhibition of sorts, all in one.
Concept, translation and direction Stef De Paepe Performance Abigail Abraham en Paul Contryn Singing Abigail Abraham
Scenography Stef De Paepe, Paul Contryn en Stéphane Vloebergh Figures Paul Contryn, Jessica Mayne (stage) en Marijke Van den Acker (maquettes) Vidéaste/animatiefilmer Nienke Deutz Composition, music installations and score films Bram Bosteels Motorica, engeneering and software Culture Crew/Vincent Jacobs Theatre technician Dominique Defossez Decor Stéphane Vloebergh and Jannis Arfeuille Costumes Lieve Van Luyck
Based on “Warum das Kind in der Polenta Kocht” by Aglaja Veterany © 2013 by DVA Verlag München, in der Verlagsgruppe Random House