Lotte van den Berg / OMSK
Les spectateurs

Theater / Austrian premiere


Talk im Anschluss an die 2. Vorstellung


Production specifics

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch, De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), Zürcher Theater Spektakel & Toneelhuis (Antwerpen)

Mit Unterstützung durch SNS REAAL Fonds, VSB Fonds, Performing Arts Fund NL & Gemeente Dordrecht

Kopräsentation NXTSTP, unterstützt durch das Kulturprogramm der Europäischen Union

What does it mean to make contact with foreign surroundings? How does it feel to be a guest in a country that you do not know? Is it possible to become a part of it, or must you forever stay a mere observer?

The Dutch director Lotte van den Berg has become one of the most important protagonists of her generation, with theatre that is radically entrenched in its respective social setting. She gave up her job as resident director at Toneelhuis Antwerp to start OMSK, a new company in the small city of Dordrecht, where she began by establishing contact with her close surroundings so as to incorporate it into her work. From up close to maximum distance: she then spent four months with OMSK in Kinshasa, the capital of Congo. Returning from distant parts, we recognise our own limits, our own roots. The calm and the space around us. Only from within ourselves can we understand something of the difficulties experienced by many immigrants in adapting to their new environment.

Together with visual artists, musicians and actors from the Netherlands and Africa, Lotte van den Berg develops an evening about moving from Europe to the Congo and back.

The focus of “Les spectateurs” is on a question that also cuts to the core of theatre: do we accept our role as spectators or do we want to become part of it? Are we part of a community or do we look for our own freedom in distance?

“Les spectateurs” is about the necessity of individuality and self-preservation. A performance about the detached spectator who yearns to be absorbed into the world they observe.

Regie: Lotte van den Berg / OMSK
Bühnenbild, Ausstattung, Raumgestaltung: Rachid Laachir
Mitarbeit: Anoek Nuyens
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Rachid Laachir
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Christina Flick
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Pearlmira Vincent
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Nganji Mutiri
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Ruud Panhuysen