Het Zuidelijk Toneel
ACT - Johan Leysen speelt Beckett
Mankind on the edge of extinction
Samuel Beckett – poet, writer, winner of the Nobel Prize – was not optimistic about men’s fate. Multi-artist Kris Verdonck explores Beckett’s ideas on mankind – mankind on the edge of extinction – with a mix of theatre, video-art and science.
Beckett’s Stories and Texts for Nothing (1946-1952) – about an old man and his impossible quest to find a place for himself in the world – forms the fundament of ACT, with renowned actor Johan Leysen, who stages the texts of Beckett. Before and after the performance visitors can visit the video-installation and the lecture (on video) of Jean Paul Van Bendegem, professor of logic and philosophy of science.
'This new play by Kris Verdonck mixes theatre, video-art and science.'
With this trail, artist and theatre director Kris Verdonck explores the fascination he shares with Beckett for technology and the growing battle between man and machine. Is there still a place for mankind in a world where machines are becoming even more sophisticated in their capability of replacing humans? A world that mankind itself is leading to a successful destruction?
'With Conversations, Kris Verdonck delivers a bold and at the same time beautiful theater piece. This performance demands something from the viewer and encourages thinking.'
de Volkskrant about Conversations, the performance Kris Verdonck
previously made for Het Zuidelijk Toneel / A Two Dogs Company.