Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break
The image of a broken handbrake is evocative of a scene from a nightmare or a disaster scenario in an action film. Contrariwise, it is equally symbolic for a sense of ultimate freedom: going full speed ahead, without brakes. But is movement always an onward motion? In circular movements, the beginning and end coincide.
Miet Warlop is one of Belgium’s best-known artists in the field of performing (and installation) art. In Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break she proposes a contemporary, Western take on the whirling we associate with Sufi Dervishes. Three performers whirl on stage for one hour. During Sufi ceremonies, this movement is performed in order to reach a state of spiritual ecstasy. Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break is a perceptual experiment, a dizzying experience, but also a reflection on the spirit of our times. The performance blends swirling dance, recitals and music, balancing on the thin line between keeping control and losing oneself.
Photos © Reinout Hiel
CreditsConcept Miet Warlop | Music & performance Pieter De Meester, Wietse Tanghe & Miet Warlop | Song lyrics Raimundas Malasauskas, Miet Warlop, Pieter De Meester | Head of production Seppe Cosyns | Sound engineer Bart Van Hoydonck | Light design Henri Emmanuel Doublier | Costume design Karolien Nuyttens | Production Miet Warlop /Irene Wool vzw & NTGent | Co-production Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, HAU Hebbel am Ufer - Berlin | Thanks to Carl Gydé, Jérôme Dupraz, Ian Gyselinck, Michiel Goedertier, Janis Van Heesbeke, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe & Brahim Benhaddou | With the support of Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent & Actoral. 17 Marseille
Both shows are sold out.
There will not be a waiting list.
This performance is part of STUK START (26 & 27 Sep). Full programme online in September.