Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company

Krems Halle 1 Halle 1


Program text

In the darkness there is a haunted house populated by mobile things without a sense or purpose. In Krems the visual artist and theatre-maker Kris Verdonck stages a version of his spooky machine revue In Void . It tells a story of techno-fetishist objectophilia while also touching upon the Promethean shame of antiquated mankind. The animate objects within, which sometimes change in their volumes, seem familiar, humanoid, and at times even tragicomical – like a fidgeting, floundering robot – and then opaque and enigmatic once more. Arranged into a theatrical performance, this odd ballet of things intimates a recapitulation of the frenetic relationship between man and technology. Moreover, these things with their alienated gaze put our empathic capacities to the test. Can we sense what metal is feeling? What happens to us in the Uncanny Valley, where the partisanship for the fictional perspective of the things gets too deep under our skin and our empathy becomes creepy, precisely because of an all too complicit understanding for the inorganic other?

Concept & direction: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Kristof Van Baarle, Marianne Van Kerkhoven
Technical coordination: Jan Van Gijsel, Colin Legras
Technical design: Eefje Wijnings, Hans Van Wambeke
Technique: Sylvain Spinoit
Construction: Vincent Malstaf, Sylvain Spinoit, Atelier 26, Steven Blum
Camera and editing: Vincent Pinckaers
Image processing: Massimiliano Simbula
Software & Electronics: Felix Luque, Julien Maire
Sound Design: Thomas Turine
Light Design: Jan van Gijsel, Luc Schaltin, Kris Verdonck
Coproduction: Kaaitheater, Festival de Keuze

With the support of: the Flemish Authorities, the Flemish Community Commission


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