Fruits of Labor

A night music performance – a painkiller for the world.

Let’s try to go beyond, leaning over the balcony of language.
What else can be an alternative to plain reality than trying to grasp the soul of things?

In Fruits of Labor, Miet Warlop stages real people with open minds that reach straight for the heart. Five performers swing around major themes such as religion, martyrdom, slowmotion terrorism, romanticism, tradition, leadership, psychosis, time, drugs, trips and nature…

The piece begins with a movement of lights, colours, sounds and emotions reflected onto the audience. Through the depths of darkness we perceive a man moving about with large steps. Unlike in Warlop’s earlier piece Mystery Magnet, where a stout guy absorbs everything, the focal point now is a roadie, a figure we know from rock concerts. He is a young muscle who connects things, amplifies them and plugs every item into the network on
stage. Still in the dark, we start singing about what terrifies us. Shaking ourselves loose from fears and desires, we nestle in the open arms that this performance can be.

‘I know that you know what we know. Embarrassing!’, we sing. And ‘Tell me, is this my world? Where do I belong?’. Popular tunes and deep thoughts exorcise the issues we all have, shaking off the panic and anxieties that cloud our hearts.

Through songs, Fruits of Labor aims to create the space and momentum to breathe in unison with the audience. After paint and plaster, in Fruits of Labor Miet Warlop now explores music and lyrics as material to build a performance. And while her previous stage piece Dragging the Bone uses the aesthetics of art exhibitions, Fruits of Labor can be seen as a concert, a rolling revue of songs and dances, with at its core an awkwardly oversized white cube in constant transformation.

Coproduction: KunstenfestivaldesArts (Bruxelles), Vooruit (Gand), BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie (Genève), Gessnerallee (Zurich), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hambourg), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), NXTSTP
Avec le soutien de: Beursschouwburg (Bruxelles), les authorités flamande, La ville de Gand, La ville de Erlangen, European Union’s Culture Programme

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  • Genre: Danse / Performance
  • Première mondiale: mai 2016 KunstenFestivalDesArts Bruxelles
  • Direction: Miet Warlop
  • Création et performance: Miet Warlop, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Tim Coenen, Tamsin Brugge

« Le déluge sévit, l’eau fuite du plafond sur le plateau bientôt dévasté. Rien ne les arrête. Le rock se propose comme antidote au chaos. Un tel chambardement ne parvient pas à réduire la vitalité de cette proposition frénétique pleine d’invention. »


« Burlesque et libérée, cette performance, qui veut, selon Miet Warlop, "secouer la panique et l’anxiété qui nous plombent", atteint sa cible. Lundi 27 novembre, pour l’ouverture de Mesure pour Mesure, elle a fait se poiler léger toutes les générations et laissé des impressions rétiniennes longue durée. Sans compter que la musique est bonne et tient chaud. »

Le Monde


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