One of the questions most frequently asked on Google is ‘How can I be normal?’ We all want to be as normal as possible, but how do you define it? Reference works on psychology summarise the abnormalities, but remain vague about what is normal.
Our urge to be normal often has nothing to do with what is going on inside us, but more with our longing for social inclusion. We want to belong, be part of the whole, and be accepted. Complying with the norm brings us peace and enables us to keep in step. Preferably in a square compartment.
In his latest production, Louis Vanhaverbeke explores the boundaries of normality. They are just as figurative as they are literal. We build isolation cells, prisons and schools to set the limits of normality and to be able to distinguish ourselves from others. But to what extent does this compartmental approach threaten our freedom and personality? What divides the safe space from the potentially hazardous space? Who decides what belongs inside or outside the walls?
This time, Vanhaverbeke, a real handyman, fills the stage with site fences, storage boxes and a fuse box. He builds, drills and stacks, while in the music he tries to figure out what is bothering him. He gives spatial form to his inner world by means of DIY constructions, opening doors where previously there were only boundaries, and windows where until recently you saw only mirrors.
IN ENGLISH WITH DUTCH SURTITLES
by & with Louis Vanhaverbeke dramaturgy Dries Douibi videography Freek Willems light- & sounddesign Bart Huybrechts technique Philippe Digneffe & Simon Van den Abeele production CAMPO coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2018, Beursschouwburg & le phénix, scène nationale Valenciennes, european creative hub with residential support of Malpertuis, Tielt; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Grand Theatre, Groningen; De Grote Post, Oostende; Arc - artist residency, Romainmôtier; kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Brussel