The Good Life
"Everything is wrong." (Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Danish artist)
What is a good life? How can life be good if at the same time, we have to try to face up to the ecological crisis? The Good Life tends towards an answer but also lingers on the question.
The performance is the debut of Sébastien Hendrickx. For the past fifteen years, he has mainly been active as a dramaturg, working for performing artists such as Benjamin Verdonck, Alexander Vantournhout and Luanda Casella. In addition to his work as a co-organiser for Extinction Rebellion, he also wanted to formulate a poetic response to the natural history upheaval we are currently experiencing.
Hendrickx is especially intrigued by the confusing contrast between what is coming our way and daily life - with all its small and larger concerns and routines. For The Good Life, he worked together with lighting designer Michaël Janssens, sound composer Jürgen De Blonde, and stage and costume designer Karolien Nuyttens.
This performance is a polyphonic composition of sounds, melodies and fragments of text. It takes place in darkness and semi-darkness, 360 degrees around the audience. The figure that speaks, constantly changes its voice and form. He falls from lamentation into self-mockery, into anger, into resistance, into resilience.
Is the weather nice today? Well, yes and no.