Having received an invitation from NTGent, Miet Warlop is the fourth artist who has developed a work for “Histoire(s) du Théâtre”, following in the footsteps of Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula and Angélica Liddell. What is the history of theatre makers? With “One Song”, Warlop formulates an answer as only she can. Twelve performers take the stage for a mesmerising ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection.
Somewhere in between a concert and a contest, the temporary becomes the universal and the personal becomes something collective. That is the subtext of “One Song”: how one song can give meaning to a whole society. Unity in diversity.
The twelve performers go to extremes together: through song text, images and objects, oxygen and sweat, they evoke our human condition. Again and again, someone stands up to push their boundaries. They defy time and express a deep human need: the search for the moment in which we can transcend our thinking body.
The past is the present is the future. And as human beings, we are, willingly and unwillingly, gladiators fighting against time time. The need for community makes us vulnerable and tragic creatures at the same time. We are vulnerable in our physical limitations, despite the efforts we make to strengthen our bodies. And we are tragic in our existential loneliness, the result of an awareness that is peculiar to mankind.
After Miet Warlop explored the complexities of communities with “After All Springville: Disasters and Amusement Parks” in HAU2 in March of 2022, she now continues her examination of this topic with “One Song”.