Wasteland is a sober, visual narrative about nine figures roaming around the forgotten earth. More than fifty meters away from the audience, small creatures scurry away in the distance. They surrender to the laws of life and die without protecting or defending themselves. They choose the open field, their vulnerability. There is no mention. The images are penetrating and follow each other in an icy pace. The lines of the landscape are long. The atrocities are without cause and effect.
In Wasteland we show people who live without resistance. People who fall when it is their time. People who have stopped fighting. People who no longer defend the value of life. That hurts. Perhaps our greatest fear is not the fear of death, but the fear of the worthlessness of life. In fallow land we make the fear tangible, not to hurt and to despise, but to comfort. What I feel, I feel that too. As you live, that's how I live. As you die, I too will die. We are entangled in paradox. To dare to live we must look our own fear of death straight in the eye.
direction Lotte Van Den Berg / performance Guido Kleene, Ward Weemhoff, Daphne De Winkel, Monika Haasova, Jaap Ten Holt, Lobke Van Beuzekom, Matthias Maat, Luc Loots (originally cast)/ technician Manuel Boutreur, Paul de Vries / design of the tribune Martin Mulder / production manager Erma van Maris / producer Compagnie Dakar / co-producer OMSK / distribution Frans brood / with thanks to Theater Stap