Pleasant Island

Silke Huysmans - Hannes Dereere
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  • 2020
  • At distance 2020

In the Pacific there are not only paradisiacal islands with evocative names but also hells, such as the island of Nauru, the perfect metaphor for capitalist greed, environmental collapse and dehumanisation

Nauru is a small island in the middle of the Pacific, off New Guinea. It is also the ironic metaphor for environmental and human destruction. Threatened by global warming and ruined in every way by the brutal exploitation of its natural resources (phosphates), now one of its main sources of income is ceding its land to the Australian government to set up refugee camps. An island closed to outside curiosity. Flemish creators Silke Huysmans, of Brazilian origin, and Hannes Dereere, both rising stars of Belgian avant-garde, went there to gather information for a documentary and performative theatre project to denounce colonialism, extractive capitalism, migration and the destruction of nature. 

Artistic team

Artistic team

  • Authory and performersSilke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere 
  • Dramaturgical consultancy: Dries Douibi 
  • Sound space: Lieven Dousselaere 
  • Production: Campo 
  • Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Spring Festival Utrecht, Beursschouwburg, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Spielart, Veem House For Performance & De Brakke Grond 
  • With the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie 
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Ibero-American Connection

Duration: 1 h 5 min

Premiere in the Spanish State

State: Belgium

Show in English with Catalan surtitles

With the collaboration of   

At distance
From 10th to 25th November
Catalan subtitles
Price: 3€
WARNING: due to COVID regulations, this show is only available at distance
Price: 28€ / 18€


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