Agoraphobia is created in reaction to the destruction of the social system, from the need to speak out about it as an individual and as a community.
The performance is held in open air, on a large city centre square. By means of their mobile phones, spectators follow a man from a distance, who appears to be talking to himself. Until they are addressed by him directly and become part of his lonely protest his personal appeal to society.
Agoraphobia is about a man who raises his voice in the streets but also about the people that ignore him, that walk by, and those that stop and listen.
European Tour The production premiered in 2012 and has since played in 5 languages, with 5 different actors, on squares across Europe and Times Square in New York.
Performing Marien Jongewaard (NL), Donald Fleming (NL), Hans Kremer (DE), Soeuf Elbadawi (FR) / text Rob de Graaf / director Lotte van den Berg / rehearsal director Diede Zillinger Molenaar / technology & media Willem Weemhoff / production manager Antwan Cornelissen / dramaturgy Liesbeth Groot-Nibbelink / business management Anneke Tonen / with thanks to Bart Kusters, Rianne van Hassel, Ritzo ten Cate, Anke Wirken / producer OMSK / co-production Nieuw West / Marien Jongewaard, the Noord Nederland Toneel, Muenchner Kammerspiele, Toneelhuis Antwerp, Paris Quartier d’été, Chalons dans la Rue / made possible by Arkadin / spreading and selling French bread Productions
'With Agoraphobia, Van den Berg makes a radical proposal for what theater could mean in our current society, namely the creation of interstices, where people meet and exchanges take place, where life as an activity is emphasized (...).' Anoek Nuyens in the Theatermaker.