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In Chaos - making sense of an ending, biologist and actor Thomas Ryckewaert tries to make sense of the events from recent years: the untimely passing of his father, the lockdown, ecological disasters and a growing defeatism. With the help of mathematics, ecology, science fiction, diary entries and Playstation games, Thomas faces his demons.

In Chaos, the boundaries between the intimate and the global, between our interior and exterior world, between reality and madness, are disappearing.

Can scientific models offer solace on a confusing and unpredictable planet? Can you simultaneously grieve for a loved one and for the end of the world? Is there poetry in theory? And what about theater?


director, text, play Thomas Ryckewaert  with fragment from 'Hamlet' van William Shakespeare voices Abigail Abraham, Gene Bervoets dramaturgy Kristof Van Baarle scenography Erki De Vries light Luc Shaltin sound Marijn Ottenhof Video Kurt D’Haeseleer costumes & make-up Andrea Kränzlin advice play Oscar Van Rompay director assistent Sibran Sampers technician Lucas Van de Voorde production manager Valerie De Visscher, Robin Appels

production Platform 0090 coproduction De Singel (Antwerpen), Viernulvier (Gent), C-TAKT (Pelt), Het Laatste Bedrijf  in collaboration with Dommelhof (Pelt), Gallop Tax Shelter with the support of the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government and The Flemish Government


Thanks to the Royal Museum for Central Africa, especially Emmanuel Vreven for the ichthyological advice and Luis Moreira da Costa for the stock picture of the Afronandus sheljuzhkoi specimen caught in the Mé (Ivory Coast, West-Africa) on August 8th, 2000