Ontroerend Goed (BE)
“The best way to rob a bank is to own one.” (William K. Black, American lawyer and lecturer specializing in financial crimes)
A casino, an illegal poker backroom to experience the thrill of being part of the elite 1% of the population that makes the world economy go round. There is no more time for ethics, you are in it to win it. In this den of intrigue and trading, it’s the adrenaline and investment decisions – not the roll of the dice – that count. What does your credit rating look like?
Who gets bailed out, who gets junk status, who implodes? Are you really in control or are you taking a gamble? Award-winning Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed provides insight into the complexities of the monetary system and its impact on our lives, immersing audiences in the financial world and allowing them to become players in the “game” of high-absorption capitalism.
Play|Show for 42 viewers – in English
“Play produced as part of the Teen Time project.”
Direction: Alexander Devriendt Script: Joeri Smet, Angelo Tijssens, Karolien De Bleser, Alexander Devriendt & cast Lyrics: Joeri Smet Cast: Max Wind, Britt Bakker Costumes: Astrid Peeters Music: Johannes Genard Set design: vormen & Nick Mattan Dramaturgy: Koba Ryckewaert, Julie Behaegel (intern/stagiaire) Production: David Bauwens Production assistant: Charlotte Nyota Bischop Co-production: Vooruit Kunstencentrum, Ghent (BE), Theatre Royal, Plymouth (UK), Richard Jordan Productions (UK) Thanks to: Toneelacademie Maastricht (NL), Khalid Koujili, Maria Dafneros, Miriam Matthys, Tamara Searle, Jeffrey Caen, Ruud Vanderheyden, Bram Billiet, Thomas Dhanens, Bo Marlijnen, Louiza Vande Woestyne With the support of the Flemish Community, the Province of East-Flanders and the City of Ghent
The Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed, under the artistic direction of Alexander Devriendt, creates projects and scenic devices based on the here and now, inviting the audience to participate and have an intense experience. The group has won numerous awards in Europe and their works are represented in major festivals around the world. Ontroerend Goed creates and realizes scenic devices that lead the viewer to question how we, as individuals, position ourselves in today’s world. Either way, whether it’s tracing the history of the universe in one evening, turning viewers into voters, guiding strangers through a labyrinth of mirrors and avatars to meet each other, the collective has made it their trademark to be unpredictable in content and form every time. Ontroerend Goed are: Alexander Devriendt, Joeri Smet, Charlotte De Bruyne, Karolien De Bleser, Angelo Tijssens, David Bauwens, Wim Smet, Babette Poncelet and Karen Van Ginderachter.