Dominique Roodthooft: Smatch 2 “Push up daisies (ou) manger les pissenlits par la racine?”
Thursday, August 25th at 10 pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
Have We Lost Our Roots?
Ecology, labs, the miracle of plants, philosophy, biology, experiment, science and the brilliant humour of absurdity. The French director and actress Dominique Roodthooft constructed a view of ecology in Smatch 2, which forms a part of an eponymous trilogy. Attempting to evade the eternal moralizing on the subject, she decided to present it from a radically different point of view. Intellectuals, scientists and artists were invited to work with her on the project, which turned out to be an experiment on the one hand and a resulting hidden image of the fragile world we live in on the other.
At times it seems as if the author tried to melt together physical elements and philosophy, which explains why the visual and the mental fusion of both is extremely interesting and concrete in an almost Socratic manner: one stands witness to volcanic explosion, to earthworms in a bucket, to an environmental conference and to a multitude of plants. The story of a century-old tree, cut down by a bulldozer or a modern chain saw, served as a source of inspiration for the performance.
Dominique believes that our planet can be saved merely by actions of individuals; everyday practices of all global inhabitants; small, concrete and local actions.
Concept: Dominique Roodthooft
By & with: Didier de Neck, Lotte Heijtenis, Dominique Roodthooft, Mieke Verdin, Gordon Wilson
Dramaturgy: Vinciane Despret
Music composition: Thomas Smetryns
Film: Sarah Vanagt
Sound for film: Maxime Coton
Technical team: Joël Bosmans, Pierre Kissling, Raoul Lhermitte
Children: Simon Stenmans, Thomas Djekic, Anaëlle Marisa
Set design assistants: Claudine Maus, Valérie Perrin, Marie Lovenberg, Cécile Sacré
Dramaturgy assistants: Patrick Corillon, Pieter De Buysser, Jean-
Administration, management, production: Françoise Sougné, Chloé Thôme
Production: le Corridore
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre de la Place, RegioTheatre O RegioDanse, Théâtre Les Tanneurs, KVS
With the help of: Ministere de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service du Théâtre, Région Wallonne, Ville de Liege, Hippodrome de Douai
Duration: 90 minutes
The performance is in French with Slovene subtitles.
Price of tickets: 10 € (7 €- secondary, primary school and university students, seniors)
Tickets available an hour prior to a event at Festival venues.