8.11.2022 10.11.2022

Finding Willard Tom Struyf/WatMarsWas

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On holiday in the US, theater maker Tom Struyf coincidentally arrives in Willard, in upstate New York.
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tickets

15 - 20 euros

general info

DUTCH, EN spoken 
DUTCH surtitles

estimated duration

1h30

What place do we afford people who deviate from the norms of our society?  
What does it mean to care for each other in changing times?

Winter 2018. Travelling in the USA, the theatre maker Tom Struyf finds himself by chance in a village on the Canadian border. Willard is on the shore of a huge lake, overshadowed by the ruins of a former psychiatric institution. Fascinated by the landscape, the stories of people who live there and a tiny church community, Tom discovers a link to the psychiatric hospital in Geel, back in Belgium. A coincidental encounter with an unusual place results in an engaging trip in which Tom’s personal life becomes intimately interwoven with Willard.  

Finding Willard  is a travel story about building and decay, care and community. The audience is seated in three rows around a model of Willard, giving them the sense that they are intimately connected to the place, as if they were walking around in it themselves.

Finding Willard  is a multimedia, film-like production along the lines of previous productions such as Vergeetstuk  and De Tatiana Aarons Experience, in which Tom links his fascination for a place and certain people to a personal experience, thus constructing a new story.

credits

concept, text & performance

Tom Struyf

co creation

Fien Leysen, Geert De Vleesschauwer

camera & montage

Fien Leysen, Geert De Vleesschauwer

technical supervision

Geert De Vleesschauwer

music

Bert Hornikx

design & installation

Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters

production

Tatiana Aarons vzw

coproduction

Het Zuidelijk Toneel, NTGent, C-takt, NEXT Festival, Productiehuis TR, detheatermaker, DE SINGEL, detheatermaker, De Grote Post Oostende

in collaboration with

De Nieuwe Vorst, Museum Dr. Guislain, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

with support of

De Vlaamse Overheid, Gemeente Rotterdam, Stuifzand
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credits

concept, text & performance

Tom Struyf

co creation

Fien Leysen, Geert De Vleesschauwer

camera & montage

Fien Leysen, Geert De Vleesschauwer

technical supervision

Geert De Vleesschauwer

music

Bert Hornikx

design & installation

Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters

production

Tatiana Aarons vzw

coproduction

Het Zuidelijk Toneel, NTGent, C-takt, NEXT Festival, Productiehuis TR, detheatermaker, DE SINGEL, detheatermaker, De Grote Post Oostende

in collaboration with

De Nieuwe Vorst, Museum Dr. Guislain, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

with support of

De Vlaamse Overheid, Gemeente Rotterdam, Stuifzand

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