ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV

What is your history as a theatre maker? At the invitation of the Belgian city theatre NTGent, Miet Warlop formulates an answer as only she can. In the long running series Histoire(s) du Théâtre she is the fourth director to accept the challenge of a creation in which present, past and future meet each other in an inspiring way – after Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula and Angélica Liddell. ONE SONG – Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV is set in the unique universe of Warlop.

A group of performers enters the arena for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection. Together they go through extremes: through sung text, images and objects, oxygen and sweat, they evoke our ‘condition humaine’. Again and again, someone stands up to push their boundaries. They defy time and give expression to a deep human need: the moment when we can transcend our thinking body.

Through the metaphor of a live competition/concert, including a commentator and a cheerleader, Miet Warlop invites us in ONE SONG to form a community and lift each other up, as in a celebration. The temporary thus becomes the universal, and the personal becomes something of the collective. That is the subtext of ONE SONG: how one song can give meaning to a whole society. Unity in diversity.

Production: NTGent

Miet Warlop

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  • Genre: Performance / theatre
  • World premiere: 8 July 2022 (Festival d'Avignon)
  • Direction: Miet Warlop
  • Creation & performance: WITH Simon Beeckaert, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts/Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe AND Sid Djamel Besseghir, Max Colonne, Rint Dens †, Judith Engelen, Eva Kamanda, Marius Lefever, Luka Mariën, Flora Van Canneyt
  • Music: Maarten Van Cauwenberghe together with everyone
  • Coproduction: Festival d'Avignon, DE SINGEL (Antwerp), Tandem Scène Nationale (Arras-Douai), Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, La Comédie de Valence - Centre dramatique national Drôme - Ardèche, Teatre Lliure (Barcelona)
  • With the support of: De Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Gent, Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid

Best Performance

Syndicat professionnel de la Critique de Théâtre, Musique et Danse (FR)

one of the three best performances of 2022

New York Times

Mime/performance award 2022-2023

VSCD (NL)

“The most exalted show of the opening days eliciting a massive ovation.”

¨****The Guardian

"Loud, preposterous and extremely entertaining"

The New York Times

“The experience of listening to one song on repeat for an hour fiddles between tedious and ecstatic. However, if you disengage, the band does not. They consistently push through to something greater. In the end, all affect is worn off, as their shirts are soaked through with sweat. Planned self-expression crumbles away to something more raw, even quasi-religious. When it was all said and done, they received a near immediate and universal standing ovation, an uncommon occurrence in Avignon.”

Broadway world

"A fascinating artist who is finally getting more recognition"

Le Monde

"A rocking primal scream that bursts with zest for life, energy and humour"

De Standaard

“A miracle that awakened the festival with a comforting and deeply moving trance, thanks to the powero f the collective.”

Theatral Magazine

"Miet Warlop's creation is a feat of endurance and an act of hope."

Dublin Theatre Festival 2023

"The metaphor of life's ebb and flow, building and dying back, is made flesh in Warlop's exhilarating and raucous meditation on grief, and life."

The Irish Times

“Tragedy, generosity and humour as well as beauty with the allure of the great dramas, and it is these that constitute the essence of the history of theatre.”

Toute La Culture

“A powerful but salutary knockout (…) Seventeen years after the performance Sportband, Warlop’s requiem for her brother Jasper, ONE SONG tells us that grief always stays with us, but also that grief - by carrying it together - is transformed, from the intimate to the universal, and allows us to go to the limits of what seems humanly possible.”

Le Soir

Calendar


Date Group Production Location Organizer
09-01-2024 - 10-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Grenoble (FR) MC2 Grenoble

 

13-01-2024 - 14-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Neuchâtel (CH) Théâtre du Passage

 

19-01-2024 - 20-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Porto (PT) Teatro Municipal do Porto

 

25-01-2024 - 26-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Cergy-Pontoise (FR) Points Communs – Nouvelle Scène

 

31-01-2024 - 01-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Gent (BE) NTGent

 

08-02-2024 - 08-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Aalst (BE) CC De Werf

 

10-02-2024 - 10-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Genk (BE) C-Mine

 

15-02-2024 - 16-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Liège (BE) Théâtre de Liège

 

24-02-2024 - 25-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Athens (GR) Onassis Cultural Center

 

05-03-2024 - 06-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Helsinki (FI) Espoo City Theatre

 

19-03-2024 - 20-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Nantes (FR) Le Lieu Unique

 

27-03-2024 - 29-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Bordeaux (FR) T.n.B.A. – Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine

 

05-04-2024 - 06-04-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Charleroi (BE) Palais des Beaux-Arts

 

04-05-2024 - 04-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Brugge (BE) CC Brugge

 

11-05-2024 - 12-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Leeuwarden (NL) Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie

 

21-05-2024 - 22-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Ljubljana (SI) Cankarjev Dom

 

28-05-2024 - 29-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Napoli (IT) Teatro Bellini di Napoli

 

31-05-2024 - 02-06-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Napoli (IT) Teatro Bellini di Napoli

 

14-06-2024 - 16-06-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Melbourne (AU) Rising Festival