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BERLIN, Belgium

Perhaps all the dragons | Smock Alley Theatre | Oct 7 – 11

Perhaps all the dragons, BERLIN, Belgium, Bart Baele and Yves Degryse, Smock Alley Theatre Banquet Hall, Dublin Theatre Festival, Ocr 7 - 11

A famous pianist realises on stage that she studied the wrong concerto. A neurosurgeon swaps the head and body of two monkeys, and they stay alive. In Japan 700,000 citizens withdraw to their bedrooms to live for a year as hikikomori, without social contact. These people are all connected to one another, and we to them, by six degrees of separation.

In Perhaps all the dragons (...in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage), the Antwerp theatre group BERLIN tells the true stories of real people encountered in magazines, newspapers, or on YouTube.

Carefully selected, synchronised and assembled into a digital installation, 30 filmed monologues are relayed on 30 individual screens. Each spectator has a chance to hear five stories that carry a universal message.

Guided by the theory that everyone on this planet is only a few steps removed from each other, Perhaps all the dragons is a deeply human multimedia theatre experience.

  • Each filmed monologue is told in the language of its origin and subtitled in English.
  • Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Dublin Theatre Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Centrale Fies, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, ONDA (Office national de diffusion artistique) and the Flemish Government.

Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Banquet Hall
  • Dates: Tues Oct 7 – Thurs Oct 9, 5.30pm, 7.30pm & 9.30pm
  • Fri Oct 10 & Sat Oct 11, 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm & 9.30pm
  • Tickets: €15 – €20
  • Duration: 70 mins. No interval.
  • Talking Theatre: Oct 9, post-show (5.30pm). With members of the company.

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“jubilant and truly extraordinary… The quirkiness of it all should be experienced first-hand.” Le Figaro

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Conceived by BERLIN (Bart Baele and Yves Degryse)
  • Soundtrack and Mixing: Peter van Laerhoven
  • Camera: Geert De Vleesschauwer
  • Text: Kirsten Roosendaal, Yves Degryse, Bart Baele
  • Scenography: BERLIN, Manu Siebens
  • Technical Direction: Robrecht Ghesquière

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