Manuela Infante & Michael De Cock
Santiago de Chile & Brussels
The Metamorphoses by the Greek poet Ovid is a collection of 250 myths of transformation. Women and nymphs are hunted by men and gods and transformed into plants, animals, rocks, or water, thereby losing their human voices. This work and other classics in the Western canon can be historically seen as planting the seed of the binarydistinction between human and non-human, as well as culture and nature. Manuela Infante decolonizes these scenes of patriarchal violence and asks the question of why the idea of humanity must be accompanied by aestheticizing the exclusion of and violence against women.
Despite this, Infante is not interested in giving these women their voices back; rather, she criticizes the idea of the human voice as a carrier of political power in the first place. For this, she creates a kind of “noise play” in which these voices are manipulated live on stage. They thus intertwine into uncanny and fleeting, seemingly endless echoes and bodiless ventriloquism until they break down the borders between human and non-human subjects.
Manuela Infante is a playwright, director, screen writer, and musician. She is known for her approach of stagingcomplex theoretical themes and works with various theatrical strategies through which she criticizes concepts of humanity from a postcolonial and gender-specific perspective. Infante regards theater not only as a space where stories can be told; but as an experimental place where philosophy can be explored.
Michael De Cock is a writer, director, and actor. He became the artistic director at the KVS theater in Brussels in 2016–17. Under his leadership, the KVS has built up an ensemble that spans gender, age, and cultures.
Direction Manuela Infante Original Text Ovidius Concept, Dramaturgy Manuela Infante Text adapted by Michael De Cock, Manuela Infante Music, Sound Design Diego Noguera Artistic Assistance, Costume Design Dina Dooreman With Hannah Berrada, Luna De Boos, Jurgen Delnaet Set, Lighting Design Andrés Poirot Visual Designer Pablo Mois Light Technics Dimi Stuyven Sound Steven Lorie Audiovisual Technics Gert Vanhyfte, Pier Gallen Dresser Nancy Colman, Heidi Ehrhart Stage Manager Lieven Symaeys Production Manager Tanja Vrancken Translation Anne Vanderschueren (FR) Michael De Cock (NL) Surtitles Inge Floré Production KVS Coproduction Fundación Teatro a Mil, La rose des vents - Scène Nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, Perpodium Distribution, Tour Direction Saskia Liénard
With the support of de Vlaamse Overheid, Région Hauts-de-France, Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid