By Bosse Provoost & Kobe Chielens/de polen (BE)
An award-winning show where a live body floats in a dark space. It stretches, shrinks and bursts into pieces, only to re-appear afresh. Moore Bacon! plays with the spectator’s eye, creating form, texture and colour in the imagination as much as the reality of the stage.
Whilst this disintegrating body inevitably speaks to us about death, there is a strength and joy, and playfulness, to be found in a pile of chunks trying to puzzle themselves back together.
Director Bosse Provoost and performer Kobe Chielens studied contemporary theatre together at KASK/School of Arts in Ghent. In 2016 they founded the artist collective de polen with Lieselotte De Keyzer and Geert Belpaeme.
Moore Bacon!, Kobe and Bosse’s debut after graduating, won the IYMA Award and Het Debuut Award at ITs Festival and won the Jongtheaterprijs at Theater Aan Zee. Between 2017 and 2021 Bosse is part of Toneelhuis’ P.U.L.S. (Project for Upcoming Artists for the Large Stage) trajectory.
“Moore Bacon! is an incredibly simple yet stunningly effective piece of performance art… The crowning masterpiece of the 2017 Flare Festival.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer
“A brilliant performance of both illusion and human movement.” – Quiet Man Dave
Charlie and the Bukowskies
By Nineties Productions (NL)
A fictitious tribute band play their songs (and scenes as if they where songs) based on the prose and poetry of the American misfit of the beat generation: Charles Bukowski. Two decades after his death four young performers pay homage to the raw perspective of this ͞’dirty old man’͟.
Nineties Productions is a theatre company based in Amsterdam, led by Anne Maike Mertens (director), Floor Houwink ten Cate (dramaturg) and Yannick Noomen (performer). For each project they assemble a new cast with whom they form a temporary collective to make the performance. Nineties’ signature is the element of live music, written and played by the collective. The performances have a mix of art and pop culture, which is one of Nineties’ goals – to bring these worlds closer together, so that they can enrich each other and undermine the perception of elitism in theatre.
“You’re unlikely to forget the sex scene, which perfectly highlights his attitude to life. A careful mix of serious and fun, it’s a great way to finish the festival.” – Quiet Man Dave
“Charlie and the Bukowskies celebrates the zany fun of the man’s life through a series of songs, poetry readings, and one truly filthy sex scene that can only be described as hardcore middle-class pornography of the finest kind… An upbeat and entertaining end to a fantastic festival of new international theatre.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer