International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus"
performance "Fruits of Labor"
September 11, 12 at 20:00
Riga Film Studio, Šmerļa street 3
Tickets - 15 EUR (10 EUR - reduced price for students, seniors, people with disabilities)
Concept and direction: Miet Warlop
Music and performance: Miet Warlop, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Tim Coenen, Tamsin Brugge
Asisted by: Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Sander Vos
Costumes: Sofie Durnez, Karolien Nuyttens, An Breugelmans
Technical team: Hugh Roche Kelly, Niels Antonissen, Mathias Batsleer
Sound engineers: Saul Mombaerts, Bart van Hoydonck
Light design: Henri Emanuel Doublier
Production: Tamsin Brugge
Coordination: Elke Vanlerberghe
Producer: Irene Wool vzw (Ghent)
‘Fruits of Labor’ is a performance, a concert, and an art exhibition, all in one. The White Cube, the Black Box, sets of drums, and meshes of wiring is the spatial frame used by the author, three musicians, a roadie, and various objects. If prior to this visual art was the glue that held Miet Warlop’s live performative image together, now the flow of the show is guided by the rhythm of drums in an interplay with the material world.
Here the drums are set off by raindrops, a jet of paint, or by a person, but they can also play themselves; the White Cube becomes a bull, a rotating artwork stand, a dictator’s podium, a cross. The abstract parade of imagery and objects is the artist’s reaction to the crumbling world, an attempt to challenge idols and control with destructive chaos that is nevertheless filled with freedom and glitter. The show ends with a question, “Tell me, is this the world I belong to?”
Those who have seen the show say it works as a painkiller for those who have been wounded by this world.
International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus" is the leading performing arts festival in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltic region. Festival takes place in Riga from September 5 till 13, 2019 and introduces audiences to both new and renowned artists that seek ways of expressing their views and opinions about the world and the society. Festival offers a range of performances as well as seminars, workshops and other activities.