Picture: Bart Vermaercke
Fruits of Labor by Miet Warlop
Picture: Bart Vermaercke
Picture: Peter Hoennemann
Fruits of Labor by Miet Warlop
Picture: Peter Hoennemann
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Miet Warlop

Fruits of Labor

Miet Warlop enchants the audience in her performances with living sculptures, animated objects and chemical reactions that continuously erupt. HAU recently presented “Dragging the Bone” (2015), in which the artist immersed her entire body in plaster. While refering to the aesthetics of art exhibitions, “Fruits of Labor” represents a mixture of performance, concert and visual art, a revue of songs and dances around a constantly transforming, awkwardly oversized white cube. “Let’s try to go beyond, leaning over the balcony of language. / What else can be an alternative to plain reality than trying to grasp the soul of things?” Miet Warlop questions. The audience is plunged into a glowing movement of light, colours, sounds, emotions, at some point the whole space becomes an instrument. For all its lunacy, this psychoactive parade of objects is also an artistic reaction to a world that is falling apart. A reaction that positions its own glittering chaos against control and restriction.
Trailer Fruits of Labor
50 minutes
Concept, direction and performance
Miet Warlop
Music and performance
Tim Coenen, Seppe Cosyns, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe
Assisted by
Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Sander Vos
Sofie Durnez, Karolien Nuytens, An Breugelmans
Technical direction
Hugh Roche Kelly
Sound technique
Saul Mombaerts, Pieter-Jan Coppejans
Light design
Henri Emmanuel Doublier
Production leader
Seppe Cosyns
Elke Vanlerberghe
Associate production manager
Maria-Carmela Mini
Thanks to
Ballet C de la B (Gent), Stijn Kenens, Bram Coeman, Michiel Dasseville, Karel Vanhooren, Elke Vanlerberghe, Michiel De Wilde, Danai Anesiadou, Nicolas Provost, Stephen Dewaele, Michiel Goedertier, Arlette Goethals, Sparks-efx, Paul Warlop, Geert Viane, Koen de Meyer
Production: Irene Wool (Ghent). Associate production: Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille). Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Vooruit (Ghent), BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie (Geneva), Gessnerallee (Zurich), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), NXTSTP. With the support of: Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Flemish Authorities, City of Ghent, City of Erlangen, European Union’s Culture Programme