Art Happens

Every word was once an animal

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© Mirjam Devriendt

The show starts when a person comes on stage, walks casually to the microphone, adjusts it and starts talking. The person who is going to do all of this is good at opening scenes. And that’s not easy, to open a show. It’s a big responsibility, because if the first lines are well done, if they land well, then it’s magic. The beginning can’t go on forever. The rest of the show has to happen, and no, we can’t spoil it. But trust us, we’re telling you stories.

In Every Word Was Once An Animal, Ontroerend Goed dances on the thin line between truth and another truth. Forget what you just read. Just remember that half a truth is often a great lie. The five performers shake our certainties. Through dynamic monologues they suddenly bring real false stories that are on a crest line between true and false, fiction and reality. Which stories do we decide to believe? The entire performance is one big game about what a performance is supposed to be. The actors constantly debunk the illusion of theater and the manipulative power of the actor. In fact, they are constantly making us believe all sorts of things. But isn’t that what theater does?

 

 

Now forget what you just read. Just remember that a half-truth is often a big lie.

Director: Alexander Devriendt
Actors: Aaron J. Gordon, Bastiaan Vandendriessche, Charlotte De Bruyne, Karolien De Bleser, Shôn Dale-Jones
Text: Alexander Devriendt, Angelo Tijssens, Charles Purcell & cast
Technicians (tour): Pepijn Mesure, Koen de wilde
Scenography/sound/light: Babette Poncelet, Pepijn Mesure, Thibault Annoot (intern)
Costume: Valerie Le Roy, Leentje Kerremans
Production: Marie Peeters, Fien Vandermeersch (intern)
Tour planning: Charlotte Nyota Bischop
Graphic design: Nick Mattan
Video: Angelo Tijssens (regie) & Maxime Lahousse (DOP)
Photography promotional image: Sanne De Wilde
Photography scenery: Mirjam Devriendt
Financial Manager: Wim Smet
Coproduction: Perpodium (B) Theatre Royal Plymouth (UK) Kunstencentrum Vooruit (B) Richard Jordan Productions (UK)
With the support of the Flemish Government and the City of Ghent.
This show was made possible with the support of the Tax Shelter measure from the Belgian Federal Government.
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
01.03.2023Every word was once an animalTurnhout (be)De Warande
25.05.2023Every word was once an animalGroningen (nl)Grand Theatre
26.05.2023Every word was once an animalDelft (nl)Theater de Veste
27.05.2023Every word was once an animalBreda (nl)Chassé Theater
28.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
27.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
26.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
25.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
24.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
23.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
21.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
20.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
19.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
18.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
17.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
16.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
14.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
13.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
12.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
11.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
09.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
08.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
07.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
06.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
05.08.2022Every word was once an animalEdinburgh (gb)Fringe Festival/ZOO Southside
27.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
26.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
25.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
23.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
22.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
21.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
20.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
19.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
16.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
15.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
14.07.2022Every word was once an animalPlymouth (gb)Theatre Royal Plymouth
01.04.2022Every word was once an animalRoeselare (be)CC De Spil
31.03.2022Every word was once an animalOstend (be)CC De Grote Post
29.03.2022Every word was once an animalSint-Niklaas (be)CC Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas
15.03.2022Every word was once an animalMainz (de)Staatstheater Mainz
28.01.2022Every word was once an animalGhent (be)GIF - Ghent International Festival/Kunstencentrum Vooruit
27.01.2022Every word was once an animalGhent (be)GIF - Ghent International Festival/Kunstencentrum Vooruit
26.01.2022Every word was once an animalGhent (be)GIF - Ghent International Festival/Kunstencentrum Vooruit
21.10.2021Every word was once an animalKortrijk (be)Schouwburg Kortrijk
15.10.2021Every word was once an animalUtrecht (nl)Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
14.10.2021Every word was once an animalTorhout (be)CC De Brouckere
13.10.2021Every word was once an animalBerchem (be)c o r s o
12.10.2021Every word was once an animalBerchem (be)c o r s o
07.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
06.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
05.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
07.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
06.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
05.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
07.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
06.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
05.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
07.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
06.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
05.10.2021Every word was once an animalAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
29.08.2021Every word was once an animalGhent (be)Bijloke Wonderland
28.08.2021Every word was once an animalGhent (be)Bijloke Wonderland
27.08.2021Every word was once an animalGhent (be)Bijloke Wonderland
26.08.2021Every word was once an animalGhent (be)Bijloke Wonderland
25.08.2021Every word was once an animalGhent (be)Bijloke Wonderland
07.04.2021Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Waregem (be)CC De Schakel
15.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Torhout (be)CC De Brouckere
11.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ostend (be)CC De Grote Post
10.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Berchem (be)c o r s o
09.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Berchem (be)c o r s o
04.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Waregem (be)CC De Schakel
01.12.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Sint-Niklaas (be)CC Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas
10.10.2020Every word was once an animal  (Premiere - CANCELLED)Bordeaux (fr)Le FAB / Glob Théâtre
09.10.2020Every word was once an animal  (Premiere - CANCELLED)Bordeaux (fr)Le FAB / Glob Théâtre
10.10.2020Every word was once an animal  (Premiere - CANCELLED)Bordeaux (fr)Le FAB / Glob Théâtre
09.10.2020Every word was once an animal  (Premiere - CANCELLED)Bordeaux (fr)Le FAB / Glob Théâtre
08.06.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Utrecht (nl)Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
04.06.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
28.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Berchem (be)c o r s o
23.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Kortrijk (be)Schouwburg Kortrijk
16.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Roeselare (be)CC De Spil
14.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Leuven (be)30 CC
10.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Amsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
09.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Amsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
08.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Amsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
04.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ghent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
03.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ghent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
02.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Ghent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
01.04.2020Every word was once an animal  (PREMIERE - CANCELLED-Covid-19)Ghent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit