Stillen is about bodies that need each other. To eat, to drink, to make love and to cry. On stage is an old man, a young girl, a boy. An old woman, a young woman. Each body with its own memories. Each body searching. Stillen is about restless bodies, that tremble and shake. About relieving and nursing, about quenching thirst. Bodies bump into other bodies, they lose each other and break free. A performance about the comfort of touch and about the pain of solitude that always returns.
Visual representation about fragile feeling bodies that look for each other and hold on for a moment. On the floor there are 37000 pieces of glycerin soap. They feed the skin of the performers. But when the floor gets wet, they also deprive them of all the grip.
direction Lotte Van Den Berg / with Luc Boyer, Annalisa Derossi, Hendrik Aerts, Gerindo Kamid Kartadinata, Lucia Meeuwsen, Emma Simons, Flo Steeno / dramaturgy Suzanne Jaeschke / scenography Dries Verhoeven / lightning design Jorg Bittner / costumes Magdalena Musial / producer Toneelhuis(BE), Sophiensaele (DE) / coproducer Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg) (NL)
Van den Berg deliberately does not bring Stillen into a black box, but in a space that envelops itself in an atmosphere of decay. She does not bring a spectacle, but a silent delay that exchanges language for the intuitive power that lies at the basis of it. The theater language of Lotte van den Berg is paying attention to this tension. She speaks with all the senses, to the rhythm of despair. The poetic space and the floor of brown soap stimulate the senses and the imagination of its audience. Also the music and the shuffling, sobbing and smoking that stop the silence, feed its polyphonic discourse of stillness. As if Staling makes its audience (again) aware of a level in perception that is too easily overridden by the raging of the reality around it.