Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens (2014)

In idioter Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They play a concert performance where the music supports Alma’s personal way to explore rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings. The music flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Drawing and voice are treated as sound.

Alma works with voice and movement. She plays with syllables, intonations, cadenzas, gestures; a dream language, a game of intensity and rhythm. The focus is on flow. The flow will be cut, there will be breaks, the flow will continue. You get sucked into the rhythm.

Hendrik Willekens draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape to a theme; again and again you find yourself drawn into the same nothingness.

For this project we took on idiocy as a discipline. Paradoxically the discipline involves abandoning a perspective, staying close to the empty vanishing point, embracing that place of mystery that we do not understand and cannot see.

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By and with Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens. In close collaboration with Igor Dobričić.

Idioter is produced by Het Veem Theater Amsterdam in coproduction with Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival and Baltoscandal Festival as part of the NXTSTP network, with support of the culture programme of the European Union. The production is furthermore coproduced by SPRING Performing Arts Festival and workspacebrussels. Additional support was received from the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet). Thanks to Pianofabriek, Q-O2, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts.