“We are in this world and this world is in us,” they say. “It is nighttime, but we are not asleep. We grow older, but we always remain just as small. We only die when we can’t count any further. We move like animals. And when we move like an animal, we become that animal. And one day your light goes out and you start to forget everything.”
In the latest production Unforetold of the Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee seven small beings stand on stage. They are silent but have delicate sensors for everything that has not been foretold. They are good at asking questions, use them to conjure up other realities and receive answers in unknown languages. They can manage to hide where everyone can see them. These beings are found in darkness, in a sparkling, glittering space filled with echoes, where they remain undiscovered and are safe. Like in a world without time.
In an atmosphere which is made up of questions Sarah Vanhee, working in close collaboration with seven children between eight and eleven years old, uses both verbal and non-verbal conversations to create a new logic that is not entirely detached from magic. It is neither planned nor strategic, but it is extraordinary, dedicated and uncompromising. In a world governed by statements, statistics and voting, in Unforetold Sarah Vanhee manages to create a place that represents a new kind of politics: a politics based on fiction.
Sarah Vanhee’s artistic practice feeds on performance, the visual arts, film and literature. The forms of her different works are as varied as the locations she chooses for their creation and presentation, such as living rooms, a prison, during a business meeting or in a park. Read more about the artist here.
- première at kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE) - 10 > 13.05
- Nanterre Amandiers (FR) - 18 > 20.05
- Sommer Szene Salzburg (AU) - 15 > 16.06
- Centrale Fies (IT) - 28.07
- Noorderzon Groningen (NL) - 24.08
- NEXT festival, BUDA Kortrijk (BE) - 25.11
More tour dates here.