Fruits of Labor
A night music performance – a painkiller for the world.
ALL IS LIFE
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?
In Fruits of Labor, Miet Warlop stages real people with open minds that reach straight for the heart. Five performers swing around major themes such as religion, martyrdom, slowmotion terrorism, romanticism, tradition, leadership, psychosis, time, drugs, trips and nature…
The piece begins with a movement of lights, colours, sounds and emotions reflected onto the audience. Through the depths of darkness we perceive a man moving about with large steps. Unlike in Warlop’s earlier piece Mystery Magnet, where a stout guy absorbs everything, the focal point now is a roadie, a figure we know from rock concerts. He is a young muscle who connects things, amplifies them and plugs every item into the network on
stage. Still in the dark, we start singing about what terrifies us. Shaking ourselves loose from fears and desires, we nestle in the open arms that this performance can be.
‘I know that you know what we know. Embarrassing!’, we sing. And ‘Tell me, is this my world? Where do I belong?’. Popular tunes and deep thoughts exorcise the issues we all have, shaking off the panic and anxieties that cloud our hearts.
Through songs, Fruits of Labor aims to create the space and momentum to breathe in unison with the audience. After paint and plaster, in Fruits of Labor Miet Warlop now explores music and lyrics as material to build a performance. And while her previous stage piece Dragging the Bone uses the aesthetics of art exhibitions, Fruits of Labor can be seen as a concert, a rolling revue of songs and dances, with at its core an awkwardly oversized white cube in constant transformation.
Coproduction: KunstenfestivaldesArts (Brussels), Vooruit (Ghent), BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie (Genève), 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
- Genre: Dance / Performance
- World premiere: May 2016 KunstenFestivalDesArts Brussels
- Performance period: on demand
- Direction: Miet Warlop
- Creation & performance: Miet Warlop, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Tim Coenen, Tamsin Brugge
- Artistic assistance: Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Sander Vos
- Sound design & arrangements: Saul Mombaerts, Bart van Hoydonck
- Light design: Henri Emmanuel Doublier
- Costume design: Sofie Durnez, Karolien Nuyttens, An Breugelmans
”Fruits of Labor jumps to the beat of Miet Warlop’s heart and is a poppy, sparkling gift to a world where all forms of sparkle are in danger of being restrained. It is a dazzlingly crazy attempt to turn art into a purification ritual. One that shows how to glitter and glide in and through a world that’s twisting madly like a life-sized spinning bobbin.”
“Especially given someone as accurate and at the same time subtly ironic as Miet Warlop who understands how to play clichés: the postures, the slightly sluggish movements, the grip on the instrument… this is what creates charm and the substance of the performance and in the meantime gives cult status, at least judging from the applause in Hamburg, to Miet Warlop.”