17 / 10 / 2015
8 / 12 / 2015
De Warande, Turnhout
18 / 02 / 2016
The figure of the mascot is central to the solo performance UNTITLED. Sports clubs, businesses, armies, events, brands, schools and so on are all organisations that can be symbolised by a mascot. The Roman Empire’s mascot was an animal capturing the enemy, which served both as an emblem of victory and as a talisman for the triumphant army. Today, mascots most commonly occur in the world of sport. They are important to big clubs, as they encourage the public to express their enthusiasm. Mascots move in a particular way, which draws on the world of the animated film. Disney, Pixar, Studio 100 and other animation conglomerates churn out creatures that behave in a highly familiar, human way, but which take on a completely different meaning when they are removed from their context.
UNTITLED is a solo piece for Marc Iglesias and the third solo Kris Verdonck has created, following EXIT (for Alix Eynaudi) and M, a Reflection (for Johan Leysen). Just as in the previous creations in this series, UNTITLED continues to build on the phenomenon of the ‘liberated figure’, the performer who is ‘thrown’ into theatre in a limited way as if by a mechanical construction. In this production the performer disappears into his work clothes and in this way reflects on the phenomenon of the ‘working poor’ and the industrialisation of mankind. The relationship between man and object, which is an essential element in Verdonck’s work, takes on layers of social and political meaning.