Mystery Magnet

Out of the darkness of the stage, a procession of images step into the light, setting performers and objects in motion.
Seemingly unconnected figures, sculptures, tableaux vivants claim their ground like theatrical creatures.
Mystery Magnet sketches out a haunted world where humour is born from sadness and magic from the prosaic.

A universe inspired by comics and pictorial action, with the aim of developing an endless battle of materials, shapes and colours.
The result is a succession of scenes that are woven without any apparent logic, seeking to surprise the observer and to bring them, along with the actors, to the very limits of the imaginable.

Mystery Magnet is an absurd and magical show in continual transformation, where nothing is what it seems.
It portrays contemporary surrealism, an experimental terrain where outlandish tenderness, desensitised cruelty, brilliant promises and an unstoppable destruction all share the same space. The observer steps inside Warlop’s mind, and what do they see? Hairy beings, a choir of mannequins, gravitational darts, balloons, horse-women, people rushing off and an inflatable shark. Figures with no apparent connection and sculptures that reclaim their place as theatrical creatures.

With Mystery Magnet, Miet Warlop was selected for the Stuckemarkt Prize, part of the renowned German theaterfestival Theatertreffen (Berliner Festspiele, Berlin), where today’s young playwrights are put in the spotlight. Warlop was selected by the British theater director and Stuckemarkt juror Katie Mitchell. In the jury report, she praises Warlop’s grip on theatricality, humor and her unique visual signature.

Production: CAMPO Gand & Miet Warlop / IRENE WOOL vzw
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles), Göteborgs Dans
& Teater Festival (Project in co- production with NXTSTP)
Avec le soutien de: The Culture Programme of the European Union
Avec l’assistance de: Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gand)

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Miet Warlop

  • Genre: Danse / Performance
  • Première mondiale: mai 2012 op KunstenFestivalDesArts Bruxelles
  • Disponible: sur demande
  • Direction: Miet Warlop
  • Création et performance: Wietse Tanghe, Sofie Durnez, Kristof Coenen, Miet Warlop, Christian Bakalov, Laura Vanborm, Ian Gyselinck
  • Assistance artistique: Sofie Durnez, Ian Gyselinck
  • Conception sonore et arrangements: Stefaan Van Leuven and Stephan De Waele

« Plutôt que de raconter une histoire, Warlop crée un bel univers chaotique où les choses se passent sans rime ni raison. Il suscite toutes sortes d'émotions complexes, du dégoût à l'euphorie, tout en invitant le public à juger les actions des personnages – elles sont violentes ou ludiques, solitaires ou espiègles, brillantes ou idiotes. » ****

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