The work of young theatre-makers Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere is based on concrete situations, events or places that stand for a broader theme. What characterizes the duo is the way in which they carry out research by means of scientific examination, interviews and fieldwork.
Silke completed the drama programme at the KASK School of Arts in Ghent in 2013. Hannes obtained his degree in theatre studies at Ghent University one year before that. Since then, they have been a developing a strong interest in documentary elements in theatre.
Their first piece, Mining Stories (2016), represented a next step in this research, as they explored the impact of a recent mining disaster in the south of Brazil, the region where Silke grew up. Silke and Hannes collected witness accounts through field recordings, and brought those together on stage. It resulted in a theatrical polyphonic analysis of the destruction caused by the disaster.
Mining Stories premiered at the Bâtard Festival in the Beursschouwburg in Brussels, was selected by Circuit X and is currently touring in Belgium and abroad. At present the duo is working on their second show, which will premiere in the spring of 2019.
Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere took their first steps at Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) and at the Bâtard Festival. In the future they will create their work under the wings of CAMPO, but will continue to be supported by Pianofabriek and the Brussels Beursschouwburg.