bank-invasion

Krak

Krak

Krak

Krak

bench invasion – the art of listening
In this performance, I go with 10 people, each with a bench under their arm, into public space. We actively invite people to come and sit next to us. We build the benches. We sit, we slow down. We are present, we listen.
At the end of each encounter, we invite that person to a final moment later that day. After each encounter we move. We take the bench under our arms and walk on in the public space looking for a new person. At the final end of the performance, we all come together: the bearers of the benches and the sitters. Bystanders are also invited.
We turn the benches into one long table in the public space.
With words, music (violin) and with a glass, we toast to the beauty of small encounters and life.
After, the communal table turns into benches again. The square is empty and everyone continues on their own way.
Central themes are connecting people (again), being present and celebrating, and all of this happens in public space.

Central themes are (re)connecting people, being present and celebrating, all happening in the public space.

Photos of the invasions at the Oerol Festival (NL), London (UK), La Strada, Graz (AT), Ruhrfestspiele (DE), in Bruges (BE), Lithuania (LT), The Netherlands …:

https://www.facebook.com/Bank-contact-106588178168008

Spieldaten

Datum Ort Info
Donnerstag 18 April 2024 KLAP-teaterfestival, Esbjerg (DK)  
Freitag 19 April 2024 KLAP-teaterfestival, Esbjerg (DK)  
Samstag 20 April 2024 KLAP-teaterfestival, Esbjerg (DK)  
Sonntag 21 April 2024 KLAP-teaterfestival, Esbjerg (DK)  
Sonntag 28 April 2024 Brugge  
Mittwoch 8 Mai 2024 Brugge  
Samstag 11 Mai 2024 CIRKL, Leuven  
Sonntag 12 Mai 2024 CIRKL, Leuven  
Dienstag 14 Mai 2024 Brugge  
Samstag 18 Mai 2024 Biennale, Esch (LU)  
Freitag 24 Mai 2024 Kroonmolenwijk Sint-Niklaas  
Samstag 29 Juni 2024 Geleen (NL)  
Sonntag 30 Juni 2024 MoMeNT-festival, Tongeren  
Freitag 5 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Samstag 6 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Sonntag 7 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Montag 8 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Dienstag 9 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Mittwoch 10 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Donnerstag 11 Juli 2024 Quebec, Canada (CA)  
Mittwoch 14 August 2024 Féron'Arts, Féron (FR)  
Donnerstag 15 August 2024 Féron'Arts, Féron (FR)  
Freitag 23 August 2024 Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival, Sweden (SE)  
Samstag 24 August 2024 Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival, Sweden (SE)  
Freitag 30 August 2024 Freedom Festival, UK  
Samstag 31 August 2024 Freedom Festival, UK  
Sonntag 1 September 2024 Freedom Festival, UK  
Freitag 6 September 2024 Fira Tàrrega (CAT)  
Samstag 7 September 2024 Fira Tàrrega (CAT)  
Sonntag 8 September 2024 Fira Tàrrega (CAT)  
Donnerstag 31 Juli 2025 31/07 - 3/08 option Stockton UK  

Kredite

Authors: Dieter Missiaen en Els Degryse
Artist: Dieter Missiaen
Text: Els Degryse / Kommil Foo
violin: Anna Buevich // Anouk Sanczuk
Bench design: Marec Zeghers (zitter.be)

With the support of Perplx, Miramiro, CirkLabo.
Many thanks to Craig Weston, Sander Decuyper, Stef De Blieck, Marec Zeghers, Michael Minjauw, Lowie Vandenberghe (House Of Time Brugge), Gwendolien Sabbe, Martine Linaer-Gijsen, Tanja Ruiter, Wendy Moonen, Oerol Festival, Uitwijken – Brugge Plus, Te Gek!?, CC De Spil Roeselare, CC De Steiger Menen, Centre des arts de Rue – Ath, L’attitude 50. And all bench carriers.