Samuel Beckett – poet, writer, winner of the Nobel Prize – was not optimistic about men’s fate.
Multi-artist Kris Verdonck explores Beckett’s ideas on mankind – mankind on the edge of extinction – with a mix of theatre, video-art and science. Beckett’s Stories and Texts for Nothing (1946-1952) – about an old man and his impossible quest to find a place for himself in the world – forms the fundament of ACT, with renowned actor Johan Leysen, who stages the texts of Beckett.
Before and after the performance visitors can visit the video-installation and the lecture (on video) of Jean Paul Van Bendegem, professor of logic and philosophy of science. With this trail, artist and theatre director Kris Verdonck explores the fascination he shares with Beckett for technology and the growing battle between man and machine. Is there still a place for mankind in a world where machines are becoming even more sophisticated in their capability of replacing humans? A world that mankind itself is leading to a successful destruction?
from & by Johan Leysen direction Kris Verdonck dramaturgy Kristof van Baarle
Kris Verdonck made a new installation for ACT, MASS#2. Four poetical landscapes without people. To be visited half an hour before and half an hour after the performance in Frascati 2.