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© Mirjam Devriendt

“Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backward” – Kierkegaard

 

Are we not drawn onward to new erA is one of Ontroerend Goed’s purest theatrical works. In the concept, form and content come together perfectly. At the center of the performance is a fictional, albeit scientifically claimed, described and predicted catastrophic “point zero.” It is the moment when humanity has done so much damage to the planet that it has become uninhabitable for our species. From that point in time, the show goes back and forth, creating a palindrome of inevitability and melancholy contemplation.

So like its title, this performance is a palindrome. You will be able to see it forwards and backwards. Because some people believe humanity is moving forward, while others believe the opposite. Some say the world is coming to an end, others call them doomsayers. No matter who’s right, in our quest for progress we have dramatically changed the world we live in. Are our actions irreversible or can we undo them? It is up to the audience to decide this for themselves. What is certain is that we are at a social pivotal moment that will determine what our future history will look like.

Are we not drawn onward to new erA is a visually metaphorical, yet socially relevant and highly topical performance that addresses major issues of our time such as climate change and political unrest.

The performance won the 2019 Fringe First Award and was nominated for the Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh. It features a live performance William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’. Brought to you by Spectra Ensemble, in collaboration with the composer.

 
Dit is een van de allermooiste voorstellingen die Ontroerend Goed ooit maakte, op de grens tussen beeldende kunst en theater, poëzie en politiek. Het stuk oogt prachtig (maar klinkt brutaal ontoegankelijk) tijdens de eerste twintig minuten. Maar die zijn net nodig om die magistrale kanteling mogelijk te maken. Pas zo wordt de voorstelling een helder, wonderlijk statement over hoe we onszelf en onze wereld dreigen te vernietigen.
Knack - Els Van Steenberghe ****

Director: Alexander Devriendt
With: Angelo Tijssens, Charlotte De Bruyne, Jonas Vermeulen, Karolien De Bleser, Maria Dafneros and Vincent Dunoyer
Musicians: Spectra Ensemble: Tille Van Gastel/Katrien Gaelens (flute), Pieter Jansen/Wilbert Aerts (violin), Bram Bossier (tenor violin), Peter Devos (cello), Frank Van Eycken (percussion) and Rik Vercruysse/Simon Haspeslagh (horn)​Dramaturgy: Jan Martens
Scenography: Philip Aguirre
Light, video & Sound: Jeroen Wuyts and Seppe Brouckaert
Lighting Design: Babette Poncelet
Technical assistance: Brecht, David and Pepijn
Costumes: Charlotte Goethals
Composition: William Basinski
Arrangements: Joris Blanckaert
Finishing off statue:  Daan Verzele, Jelmer Delbecque and Jesse Frans
Photography: Mirjam Devriendt
Internships: Morgan Eglin and Tim De Paepe
Co-production: Spectra, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Adelaide Festival & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
Many thanks to: Ilona Lodewijckx, Luc De Bruyne, Matthieu Goeury, Simon Stokes, Björn Doumen, Les Ballets C de la B, everybody involved in the pre-study ‘koortsmeetsysteemstrook’ @ Toneelacademie Maastricht and our fantastic test-audiences
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DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
14.10.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAAlsemberg (be)CC De Meent
04.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erANew York (us)BAM
05.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erANew York (us)BAM
06.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erANew York (us)BAM
07.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erANew York (us)BAM
08.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erANew York (us)BAM
12.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAMinneapolis (us)Walker Art Center
13.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAMinneapolis (us)Walker Art Center
14.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAMinneapolis (us)Walker Art Center
20.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAAnn Arbor (us)UMS
21.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAAnn Arbor (us)UMS
25.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAColumbus (us)Wexner Center for the Arts
26.01.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAColumbus (us)Wexner Center for the Arts
01.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAVancouver (ca)PuSh Festival
02.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAVancouver (ca)PuSh Festival
03.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAVancouver (ca)PuSh Festival
04.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAVancouver (ca)PuSh Festival
09.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAToronto (ca)Canadian Stage
10.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAToronto (ca)Canadian Stage
11.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAToronto (ca)Canadian Stage
15.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erASt. Catharines (ca)First Ontario Performing Arts Center
17.02.2023Are we not drawn onward to new erAKingston (ca)Kingston Grand Theater
14.05.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAEvreux (fr)Le Tangram
13.05.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAEvreux (fr)Le Tangram
16.04.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAZaventem (be)CC De Factorij
09.04.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
08.04.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAGroningen (nl)SPOT / Stadsschouwburg
07.04.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erADelft (nl)Theater de Veste
02.02.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAHamburg (de)Thalia Theater
01.02.2022Are we not drawn onward to new erAHamburg (de)Thalia Theater
12.06.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erADeinze (be)Leietheater
29.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAAarhus (dk)ILT Internationalt Levende Teater
28.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAAarhus (dk)ILT Internationalt Levende Teater
19.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Maubeuge (fr)Le Manège
12.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAMilan (it)Triennale Milano
11.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAMilan (it)Triennale Milano
06.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAZug (ch)Theater Casino Zug
05.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erAZug (ch)Theater Casino Zug
04.05.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erASchaffhausen (ch)Stadttheater Schaffhausen
10.04.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Evreux (fr)Le Tangram
09.04.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Evreux (fr)Le Tangram
02.04.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Deinze (be)Leietheater
20.03.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Villeneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
19.03.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Villeneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
18.03.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Villeneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
27.01.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Hamburg (de)Thalia Theater
26.01.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Hamburg (de)Thalia Theater
04.01.2021Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Utrecht (nl)Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
01.12.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Choisy-le-Roi (fr)Festival Les Théâtrales Charles Dullin / Théâtre Cinéma de Choisy-le-Roi
27.10.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erATurnhout (be)De Warande
02.09.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erAWeimar (de)Kunstfest Weimar
01.09.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erAWeimar (de)Kunstfest Weimar
23.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brighton (gb)Brighton Festival
22.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brighton (gb)Brighton Festival
21.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brighton (gb)Brighton Festival
14.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Milan (it)Triennale Milano
13.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Milan (it)Triennale Milano
09.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ghent (be)LOD Studio
08.05.2020Are we not drawn onward to new erA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ghent (be)LOD Studio
19.12.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAOosterzele (be)GC De Kluize
11.12.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erATunis (tn)Les Journées Théâtrales de Carthage
10.12.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erATunis (tn)Les Journées Théâtrales de Carthage
09.12.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erATunis (tn)Les Journées Théâtrales de Carthage
15.11.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
14.11.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
27.09.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAWaregem (be)CC De Schakel
25.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
24.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
23.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
22.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
21.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
20.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
18.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
17.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
16.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
15.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
14.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
13.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
11.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
10.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
09.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
08.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
07.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
06.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
04.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
03.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
02.08.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
15.06.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)LOD Studio
14.06.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)LOD Studio
02.04.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erALeuven (be)30 CC
02.02.2019Are we not drawn onward to new erAThe Hague (nl)Het Nationale Theater
05.04.2018Are we not drawn onward to new erAEindhoven (nl)Parktheater Eindhoven
13.08.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erA's-Hertogenbosch (nl)Theaterfestival Boulevard
12.08.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erA's-Hertogenbosch (nl)Theaterfestival Boulevard
25.04.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erASint-Niklaas (be)CC Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas
24.03.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erARoeselare (be)CC De Spil
23.03.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erABrussels (be)KVS
28.02.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erABruges (be)CC Brugge
21.01.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erACharleroi (be)PBA
14.01.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erAAalst (be)CC De Werf
12.01.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erAKortrijk (be)Schouwburg Kortrijk
11.01.2017Are we not drawn onward to new erASchoten (be)CC Schoten
23.12.2016Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
22.12.2016Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
21.12.2016Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
17.12.2016Are we not drawn onward to new erABerchem (be)c o r s o
19.11.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
18.11.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
17.11.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
14.11.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAOstend (be)CC De Grote Post
04.11.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erABerchem (be)c o r s o
26.09.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
25.09.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
24.09.2015Are we not drawn onward to new erAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit