A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction | NTGent
08.10.2022 06.11.2022

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction Katie Mitchell & Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne / Martha Balthazar & NTGent

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A Swiss play on the ongoing ecological disaster that refuses to go on tour, is restaged entirely in Ghent by local director Martha Balthazar.
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✔ DUTCH spoken
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We're on the last run of a show that's been around for two years. But tonight, its performer can't go on stage. In her place, the dramaturg - in her 30s, afraid of death- addresses the audience and tries to resolve this tricky situation.

“I'm just going to try to tell you a few stories tonight, about some things I have been thinking about and researching in private. So that none of us has to be unbearably lonely tonight.” 

Based on an original concept developed by British director Katie Mitchell for Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, and written by author Miranda Rose Hall, A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction  is the first of two chapters in the Sustainable Theatre?-project, in which thirteen theatres in Europe and Asia reflect together on ways to make theater more sustainable.

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"ADEAGA MANAGES TO KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES WITHOUT MAKING IT ACADEMIC: AN ART"
Kristof van Baarle - Etcetera

The play, a courageous reflection on theatre and life facing climate disaster, is handed over from Katie Mitchell to other artists with nothing more than a series of instructions. For example, the entire staging process, in a radical approach, must be sustainable. Therefore, the required power of the performance will be produced live with the use of electricity-generating bikes. Thus making the tour, and its huge environmental impact, disappear. In its place a cycle of transmissions is triggered. From one artist to another. 

Martha Balthazar, columnist and director who graduated from KASK Ghent in 2021, will direct NTGent's version of the play. She and actor Lisah Adeaga connect their artistic vision with the core topics of the performance: What is the impact of humans on the world? And how do we keep on being human knowing this? Which inheritance do we want for the future generations? And how can we re-establish our connection with the entire spectrum of living species at a time where total extinction is a real possibility?  



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credits

text

Miranda Rose Hall

production concept and original direction

Katie Mitchell

direction

Martha Balthazar

original dramaturgy

Ntando Cele

composition

Paul Clark

conductor

Valentina Toth, Electric Farmer (Elisha Millard)

choir

Serdi Faki Alici, Katelijn Barbier, Sieglinde Berbiers, Johanna Buys, Lut Cocquyt, Gerd De Coster, Jozefien Derweduwen, Isabelle Finet, Ties Kalker, Jeanneke Lamberigts, Karina Provost, Annemie Van Cauwenberghe, Lucas Van der Vegt, Hugo Wanner, Katrien Wemel

music composition

Alan Van Rompuy (A z e r t y klavierwerke)

light design

Dennis Diels

direction assistant

Liesbeth Standaert

production management

Greet Prové

sound technique

Frederik Vanslembrouck

technical production management

Chris Vanneste

production

NTGent

coproduction

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, R.B. Jérôme Bel, STAGES - Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Environmental Shift, Dramaten Stockholm, National Theater & Concert Hall Tapei, NTGent, Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Théâtre de Liège, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Trafo, MC93, Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Medegefinancierd door de Europese Unie

thanks to

Lightning Tree voor de energiefietsen, GramCNC voor het advies over de houten luidsprekers
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credits

text

Miranda Rose Hall

production concept and original direction

Katie Mitchell

direction

Martha Balthazar

original dramaturgy

Ntando Cele

composition

Paul Clark

conductor

Valentina Toth, Electric Farmer (Elisha Millard)

choir

Serdi Faki Alici , Katelijn Barbier, Sieglinde Berbiers, Johanna Buys, Lut Cocquyt, Gerd De Coster, Jozefien Derweduwen, Isabelle Finet, Ties Kalker, Jeanneke Lamberigts, Karina Provost, Annemie Van Cauwenberghe, Lucas Van der Vegt , Hugo Wanner, Katrien Wemel

music composition

Alan Van Rompuy (A z e r t y klavierwerke)

light design

Dennis Diels

direction assistant

Liesbeth Standaert

production management

Greet Prové

sound technique

Frederik Vanslembrouck

technical production management

Chris Vanneste

production

NTGent

coproduction

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, R.B. Jérôme Bel, STAGES - Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Environmental Shift, Dramaten Stockholm, National Theater & Concert Hall Tapei, NTGent, Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Théâtre de Liège, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Trafo, MC93, Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Medegefinancierd door de Europese Unie

thanks to

Lightning Tree voor de energiefietsen, GramCNC voor het advies over de houten luidsprekers
Beyond madness, tenderness awaits Only humans can fantasise With closed eyes, you can see whomever you’d like There's all that future, still Until it holds from the inside