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Wiek

Three dancers find themselves trapped by horizontal rotating blades. The audience encircles the performers, preventing their escape. The dancers are forced to deal with the confrontation. Standing still is impossible, no time for rest. The audience becomes complicit in this struggle between the vulnerable humans and forces far greater than themselves. Wiek by Schweigman& was a big festival hit in 2009, for many it was a legendary experience as a site-specific performance.

Wiek was re-created in 2018 with a new cast and new choreography. A co-production with Zeeland Nazomer Festival, Podium Hoge Woerd, RAUM and SPRING. Wiek returns in 2019 for four weeks at Zomer van Antwerpen.

“In Wiek, theatermaker Boukje Schweigman executes an original, brilliant idea… Poetry and peril go hand-in-hand. Players and dancers don't make it any easier for themselves. That is the secret of powerful theatre.”
—NRC Handelsblad
“The liberation is enchanting and yet hard-hitting: suddenly it's over. All that remains is to marvel at its beauty.”
—de Groene Amsterdammer

Credits

2009
concept and directing Boukje Schweigman
design and lighting Theun Mosk
performers Swantje Schaeuble, Birgit Gunzl, Andrea Beugger, Marinke Eijgenraam, Kelly Hirina
music Douwe Eisenga
costumes Edith Ordelman
technical managment Jeroen van Heijningen, Kas van Huisstede, Gjalt Vlam
sounddesign  Dennis Slot 
dramaturgy Alex Mallems
production management Andrea Astbury
directing assistent Ellen Schuring
2018
co-creator en repetitor Swantje Schäuble
directing assistent Rosa van Walbeek (stage)
performers Suzanne de Bekker, Camilla Bundel, Luana van Eekeren, Marinke Eijgenraam, Goda Zukauskaite (stage), Kim Verbeke (stage)
production management Yoni Vermeire, Mirjam Zwanenburg, Eva Banning (stage)
technical management Jurr van Diggele, Diederick Scholten, Marcel Slagter
costumes Esmée Thomassen
education  Anemone Oostvriesland, Rachel Schuit (stage)
a co-production with Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia (Zeeland Nazomerfestival), Podium Hoge Woerd en openbaar expositieplein RAUM. In samenwerking met SPRING Performing Arts Festival.
partners Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, K.F. Hein Fonds, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds
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