Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee / Mesut Arslan

31 October and 5, 6, 7, 8 November 2019 @ KVS, Brussels (BE)
Mesut Arslan has been basking in glowing reviews in Belgium and beyond with his wonderfully quirky interpretations of popular and less well-known repertoire. 
From his fascination with human relations and the complex emotions they bring about, Mesut Arslan started working on one of the most frequently performed classics of the twentieth century, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? of Edward Albee from 1962. It tells the story of George and Martha, an older couple that in all cruelty takes out their disillusions on each other, and the younger, more idealistic couple Nick and Honey, who get entangled in their game.

Of course, he does so ‘Arslan-style’, in a unique, tangential approach. Creating an extraordinary game of space and time, with a lighting design by Jan Maertens and in a scenography by Pascal Leboucq. Ata Ünal takes on the dramaturgy and Marc Vanrunxt lends artistic advice.
Manipulative interventions transform the performance into a political lecture, leveraging the public and the private. The struggle for power is magnified: the four main characters are surrounded by a chorus of twelve voice actors. They move freely in the show and choose to align themselves - or not - with one specific character to echo their words. Some main characters are amplified, some contradicted, weakened or destabilised. Gradually, a game of hierarchy, peer pressure and power unfolds. What if one actor only has one voice actor behind them, while the text of their fellow actor is repeated by eleven voice actors at the top of their voice?

Text Edward Albee Translation Gerard Reve Direction and concept Mesut Arslan Dramaturgy Ata Ünal Cast Frank Dierens, Darya Gantura, Rashif El Kaoui, Dorien De Clippel Voice actors Misja Nolet, Antje De Boeck, Juicy Dune, Nyira Hens, Layla Önlen, Elien Hanselaer, Marc De Knijf, Niels Planckaert, Robin Keyaert, Joachim Gys, Ali Can Ünal, Philippe Bernaerts Scenography Pascal Leboucq Light design Jan Maertens Costume design Johanna Trudzinski Composer Peter Spaepen Artistic advice Marc Vanrunxt, Matthias Velle Adaptation Michael De Cock, Matthias Velle Light technics Helmi Demeulemeester Sound Max Stuurman Intern assistant director Sara Gracia Santacreu Production Platform 0090, KVS Coproduction Toneelhuis, C-Mine, Perpodium With the support of The Flemish Government & the Tax Shelter Measure of The Belgian Federal Government

W hole
Meryem Bayram / Hans Demeulenaere

14 December 2019 @ TIQUE art space, Antwerp (BE)
Artists Meryem Bayram and Hans Demeulenaere share a mutual fascination with each other. She likes his blend of figuration and abstraction, he likes the way she combines image and movement. So it was only a matter of time before the two would collaborate.
In a joint six-week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum, Bayram & Demeulenaere took their love for objects as a starting point and made a two-part book about it. Bayram worked on it for two more weeks at workspacebrussels.

The book will be presented at Tique on Saturday 14 December 2019 at 17:00. Liesbet Waegemans will conduct a short talk with the artists.
Concept & objects Meryem Bayram & Hans Demeulenaere Production Platform 0090 Coproduction Tique art space, workspacebrussels, Frans Masereel Centrum With support of the Flemish Government

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Clément Layes
12, 13, 14, 15 December 2019 @ Sophiensaele, Berlin (DE)   
How can we find freedom when we are subjected to 'blind' machinery? How can we avoid becoming subservient to these systems? How can we preserve areas of the unknown in which we aren't defined by external factors?
ONON builds an allegory of our time: a half human, half mechanical system that offers the opportunity to consider what it means to be a 'structured human'.
ONON playfully explores the fine line between the stability of existing structures and the simultaneously fragile and strong human inside of them. Material and digital systems determine today's world more and more. To not become subject to these systems, we have to deal with them directly.
ONON seeks to better understand the (inter)dependence between the human body and anonymous systems.
In recent years, Clément Layes has been busy with rhythm as a fundamental element in both the theater and in real life. In the group performance The Eternal Return (2017), rhythm was understood as a phenomenon that exposes liminal spaces, as a product of our daily actions. In The Emergency Artist (2018), rhythm served as a break, an element of syncopation that interrupts the temporal structures of our existence, able to suspend and question them. In ONON, duration and continuity are at the center of the work, becoming an exploration of the 'longue durée' of these systems and to work through the rhythmic relationship between persistent systems and our day-to-day actions.
Choreography Clément Layes Performance Asaf Aharonson, Nir Vidan, Cécile Bally Stage Jonas Maria Droste, Clément Layes Light Ruth Waldeyer Sound Steve Heather Costume Malena Modéer Video Christopher Hewitt Dramaturgy Jonas Rutgeerts International communication Inge Koks Press and production björn & björn
Production Public in Private / Clément Layes Coproduction Platform 0090 Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe With the support of SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin
Istanbul Theatre Festival
13 November until 1 december 2019 @ different locations
Talk light design and scenography
19 November 2019 @ Salt Galata
The Istanbul Theatre Festival is one of Platform 0090’s longstanding partners in the exchange between Belgium and Turkey. In both directions, artists get to know each other and experience a diverse reality. Also this year Platform 0090 facilitates the presentation of three Belgian perfroming arts companies: Ultima Vez (Traptown), Begüm Erciyas (Voicing Pieces) and Liesbeth Gruwez (It's going to get worse and worse, my friend).

In the context of the collaboration between Istanbul Theatre Festival, the Flemish Arts Institute and Platform 0090, we also organize a workshop in the contemporary art institution Salt and invite Charlotte Bouckaert, Jan Maertens and Meryem Bayram, who work on scenography and light design. The three artists will give an insight in their work and working methods.

Main issue is the question of timing. When do discussions and dialogues on scenography and/or light design enter into the creative proces of making a theaterspiece, a dance performance or installation? What is the status of this contribution, how autonomous can a light design or a scenography proposal be? 

                                                                                                                      ON TOUR
Begüm Erciyas
Pillow Talk
Production Platform 0090         
13, 14, 15, 16/11/19 Theatre Nanterre Amandiers, Paris (FR)      

David Bergé
A walk in high resolution / Walk Piece 
Production Platform 0090           
22/11/19 Netwerk Aalst, Aalst (BE)       
Begüm Erciyas
Voicing Pieces
Production Platform 0090               
20, 21, 22, 23, 24/11/19 Istanbul Theatre Festival, Istanbul (TR)      
David Bergé
A walk in high resolution / Exhibition

Production Platform 0090               
23/11/19 until 22/12/19 Out of Sight Gallery, Antwerp (BE) 
Begüm Erciyas
Pillow Talk  

Production Platform 0090            
29, 30/11/19 NEXT Festival, Kortrijk (BE)
                                                                                                      IN RESIDENCY
Enkidu Khaled
Research for the production MUSEUM OF FEAR
Production Platform 0090
23/10/19 until 27/10/19 @
Worspacebrussels/Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)
4/11/19 until 17/11/19 @ Worspacebrussels/Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

Clément Layes
Ongoing research for the production ONON

Coproduction Platform 0090
18/11/19 until 30/11/19 @ wpZimmer, Antwerp (BE)
Platform 0090 supports the Turkish-Dutch literature and art magazine Akrostis. For its issue #8, which focuses on trainstations, the following events are coming up:   

Presentation Akrostis #8  -  Treinstations/Tren Istasyonlari 
3/11/19 between 2 and 4 pm @ Antwerp Central Station, Antwerp (BE)
8/12/19 at 3pm @ Authors in dialogue with Gülcan Kahraman @ Arsenaal/Lazarus, Mechelen (BE)

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