PERFORMING ARTS Acting
TRIAL ABOUT FAKE
2015 / MANU RICHE / RICHE, RICHE & RICHE, KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, KVS, BOZAR & FAKE LTD
In Trial About Fake, the Brussels-based documentary maker Manu Riche recounts the trial conducted by the Chinese authorities in 2012 against Ai Weiwei, one of the country’s most influential artists, but a critic of its politics and a source of embarrassment to the regime. According to Riche, the only pertinent way of documenting this sensational trial is to reproduce it exactly inside the cosy walls of a theatre. Fifty surveillance cameras randomly record the images of this pretence of justice. Who is watching and who is being watched? By creating a viral copy of the trial, Riche questions the relationship between the documentary maker and what he is documenting. In his quest for truth, he produces coverage of the trial to the point of absurdity: fiction itself is in the dock!
concept & direction Manu Riche production assistant Nathalie Jacobs sound & video concept & design Paul Millot & Julien Dutertre technical support Ralf Nonn graphical support Rudy De Rechter, Ophelia Van Campenhout texts Anna Luyten actors Thomas Bellinck, Kristien De Proost, Guy Dermul, Aurelie Di Marino, Jerry Killick, Ina Geerts, Steve Hawes, Xavier Lukomski, Marijke Pinoy, Peter Vandenbempt presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bozar, KVS production Riche, Riche & Riche (Brussels) co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bozar (Brussels), KVS (Brussels), Fake Ltd
2011 / LOD MUZIEKTHEATER
In 2001 people were full of hope for the diplomatic consultations between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. Never before had lasting peace in the Middle East seemed so close… but never before had it remained so remote. The dialogue turned out not to be one at all, and the conversations led nowhere. Useless words. Peace slipped away like loose desert sand.
The singer Ruth Rosenfeld and actor Thomas Bellinck do not take sides. They are no more than the vulnerable excrescences of a pointless war. Johan Dehollander’s vigorous directing and Frank Nuyts’ livid composition scream out their rage and powerlessness, as do the expressive projections by Pascal Poissonnier.
In the endless playoff between the ostrich and the coyote – Yasser Arafat’s favourite cartoon – the human deficit is forgotten. All that is left is silence.
composition Frank Nuyts libretto Philippe Blasband direction Johan Dehollander projections Pascal Poissonnier scenography & light design Stef Dessel costumes Lieve Pynoo dramaturgy Geert Opsomer ensemble SPECTRA Ensemble (Pieter Jansen (violin), Bram Bossier (viola), Lieven Baert (cello), Jan Vercruysse (flute), Kris Deprey (clarinet), Frank Van Eycken (percussion) and Tae Yoshioka (piano) musical direction Filip Rathé actor Thomas Bellinck singer Ruth Rosenfeld (soprano) production LOD muziektheater coproduction SPECTRA Ensemble, Operadagen Rotterdam, Opera Vlaanderen