Duration: 70 minutes without interval
Ersan Mondtag comes to the Piccolo Teatro for the first time with his latest creation, De Living. De Living has been produced for the Belgian theatre NTGent, directed by Milo Rau, and will return for the second half of the season at the Piccolo. Having received awards in 2016 from German critics for Best Emerging Director, Best Playwright, Best Set Designer and Best Costume Designer, Mondtag is now considered as one of the most interesting all-round artists of his generation. Born in Berlin in 1987, his form of poetry embraces theatre, music, performance and installations.
De Living opens with a woman returning home, where she begins her slow journey towards suicide. We witness her final gestures, an attempt to maintain a veneer of normality. For a moment she seems sure of her decision, then comes hesitation, a desire to live, and panic.
What is driving the woman to kill herself? We can only speculate on her past.: a love affair gone wrong, the inability to resist the continuous pressures of society, or is the final act in the life of this woman tied less to individual destiny and more to the tragic experience of humanity in a dystopian but not distant future? And if time were to flow differently, would it be possible to turn back? Two spaces and two timelines symmetrically divide the set of De Living as though one were a reflection of the other. They are inhabited - in the role of the woman - by the twins Doris e Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu, hip-hop dancers known as Les Mybalés.
A blend of dream and nightmare, the power of Mondtag’s theatre renders words superfluous and extracts the tragic experience of all humanity from the destiny of an individual.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 11 to 14 November 2020
directed by Ersan Mondtag
composer and sound designer Gerrit Netzlaff
radio speaker Simon Turner
stage play Eva-Maria Bertschy
acting coach Oscar Van Rompay
movement coach Stella Höttler
scientific consultant Benigna Gerisch
sets and costumes Ersan Mondtag
lighting design Dennis Diels
with Doris Bokongo Nkumu e Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu
director’s assistant Liesbeth Standaert
an NT Gent production, in co-production with La Villette (Paris), Theaterfestival Boulevard (‘s Hertogenbosch), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
in collaboration with Romaeuropa
This production has been made with the support of The Belgian Tax Shelter