Art Happens

Funeral (new)

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“I don’t believe in God but I miss him”
– Nothing to be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes


Funeral is a collective ritual about the finiteness of things, created by Ontroerend Goed. It shall start, in the dark. We will greet each other and we will say goodbye. There will be singing and pretending. There will be light and room for darkness. We’ll light candles, we will eat and drink and celebrate our lives. And all of that will end. Welcome.

World premiere
29 September – 01 October
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Theater Rotterdam

After interactive shows about economy (£¥€$), democracy (Fight Night) and online radicalisation (TM), Ontroerend Goed looks the audience and death in the eyes. Funeral is a theatrical ceremony, a new ritual that brings people together, whatever they believe, are or think. Because everything is finite and we are going to have to live with that.

With Funeral, Ontroerend Goed uses the format of a funeral to create a collective ritual about the finiteness of things. At a funeral, we don’t just think about the person we’re saying goodbye to. It is also a time when we reflect on ourselves and our own inevitable end. Such thinking exercises are no small feat, which is why we have rituals: structured ways of processing reality. Funeral explores these collective experiences with a focus on the living. Funeral is a reflection on death and a celebration of life.


Director: Alexander Devriendt
Cast: Giovanni Brand, Karolien De Bleser, Charlotte De Bruyne, Josse De Pauw, Julia Ghysels, Aurélie Lannoy, David Roos, Angelo Tijssens, a.o
Music: Joris Blanckaert, Hector Devriendt
Stage design: Kris Martin
Light design: Sarah Feyen
Technicians: Sarah Feyen, Pepijn Mesure
Graphics: Nick Mattan
Research: Remi Cosijn
Photography: Dries Segers
Production: Ontroerend Goed
Co-production: DE SINGEL INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (BE), Kunstencentrum Voo?uit (BE), LOD Muziektheater (BE), Theatre Royal Plymouth (UK), le MAIF Social Club, Paris (FR), La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR), Perpodium (BE)
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 via Cronos Invest.
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
30.09.2022Funeral  (World Premiere)Rotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
01.10.2022Funeral  (World Premiere)Rotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
06.10.2022Funeral  (French Premiere)Cavaillon (fr)La Garance - Scène nationale de Cavaillon
07.10.2022Funeral  (French Premiere)Cavaillon (fr)La Garance - Scène nationale de Cavaillon
08.10.2022Funeral  (French Premiere)Cavaillon (fr)La Garance - Scène nationale de Cavaillon
21.10.2022FuneralAntwerp (be)DE SINGEL
22.10.2022FuneralAntwerp (be)DE SINGEL
25.10.2022FuneralGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
26.10.2022FuneralGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
27.10.2022FuneralGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
28.10.2022FuneralGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
16.11.2022FuneralAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
19.11.2022FuneralChâtillon (fr)Théâtre de Châtillon
20.11.2022FuneralChâtillon (fr)Théâtre de Châtillon
01.12.2022FuneralEeklo (be)CC Herbakker
02.12.2022FuneralLeuven (be)30 CC
22.12.2022FuneralGenk (be)C-mine
30.03.2023FuneralWaregem (be)CC De Schakel
04.04.2023FuneralVilleneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
05.04.2023FuneralVilleneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
06.04.2023FuneralVilleneuve d'Ascq (fr)La rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole
12.04.2023FuneralAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
13.04.2023FuneralAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
14.04.2023FuneralAmsterdam (nl)De Brakke Grond
08.05.2023FuneralSchaffhausen (ch)Stadttheater Schaffhausen
09.05.2023FuneralSchaffhausen (ch)Stadttheater Schaffhausen
29.09.2022Funeral  (World Premiere)Rotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam