Simple as ABC

a series of performances and installations scrutinising the apparatus of European ‘mobility management’

the research for Simple as ABC is / has been supported by The Camargo Foundation, Dream City/L'Art Rue Tunis, KASK/School of Arts of University College Ghent, KVS, LabexMed/Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, Onassis Cultural Centre and ROBIN

Simple as ABC #3:
The Wild Hunt

2019 / ROBIN vzw


A cloud of voices gathers in an imaginary museum. Their bodies are held up elsewhere, but here absent storytellers recount histories of hunting. Some of these voices are heard. Many are not. All are experts of a certain reality. Theatre-makers, journalists, politicians, law enforcement: we are all on the hunt for something. Sometimes it’s people. During this actorless audio performance, you will hear snippets of Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek collected from around the Mediterranean. Sampling from hours of recordings, Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt pieces together a many-voiced portrait of today’s humanhunt.

text Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Samaneh Arian, Aristotle, Ghassen Ayari, Thomas Bellinck, Rihab Chaabane, Farouk El Ouerghi, Karima Ganji, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Mounir, Fatemeh Mousavi, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Racist Violence Recording Network, Marwen Sammoud, Ervin Shehu, Yiouli Vitou, Ghazi Weld El Ka, Abir Zarrouki

directing Thomas Bellinck

performance Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Ghassen Ayari, Farouk El Ouerghi, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Mounir, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Ervin Shehu, Yiouli Vitou, Ghazi Weld El Ka, Abir Zarrouki et al.

dramaturgy Esther Severi

artistic collaborator Jeroen Van der Ven

scenography Camille Lemonnier

lighting design Lucas Van Haesbroeck

technical director Arthur de Vuyst

stagecraft Marie Vandecasteele

production management Celine van der Poel

production Yalena Kleidara, Sandra Oklobdzija, Francesca Pinder, Aisha Zaied

research & production assistance Hayfa Ghozzi, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Bilel Melki, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Laurien Versmissen

interpreting Said Reza Hosseini Adib, Hayfa Ghozzi, Rym Haddad, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Aisha Zaied

translation Farbod Fathinejad, Yalena Kleidara

transcription Farideh Ghalandari, Yalena Kleidara

production ROBIN

co-production Dream City / L’Art Rue (Tunis), Fast Forward Festival / Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)

with the support of De Grote Post (Ostend), KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent, LabexMed / Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme (Marseille), The Flemish Government and The Flemish Community of Brussels

thanks to Halima Aissa, Simon Baetens, Louise Bergez, Marc Bernardot, Hassen Boubakri, Sana Bousbih, Ismael Cissé, Omar Fassatoui, Hamma Weld Hamida, Louis Janssens, Lobna Jlassi, Ebia Joel, Lotfi Karoui, Wafa Kanzari, Khalid Koujili, Malek Lakhal, Mostfa Lakhdher, Lorena Lando, Leon Konda Ler, Mohsen Lihidheb, Mahdi Mabrouk, Jalel Mahmoudi, Ahmed Mansour, Brigitte Marin, Fatma Mathlouthi, Stéphanie Poussel, Fanny Robles, Isabel Mohedano Sohm, Imed Soltani, Timo Sterckx, Loes Swaenepoel, Carine van Bruggen, Naomi Van Der Horst, Eleonore Van Godtsenhoven et al.

Simple as ABC #2:
Keep Calm & Validate



Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate is a documentary musical about the digitization of migration management, based on interviews with officers, officials and consultants working for different EU agencies and institutions. Singing of digital fingerprints, fortified data centres and automated border control gates, Keep Calm & Validate examines how dataist ideology is reshaping the way citizens in the global West speak and think of non-citizens.

composition Joris Blanckaert corrector English Patrick Lennon costume designer An Breugelmans dramaturgy Sébastien Hendrickx, Esther Severi lighting designer Lucas Van Haesbroeck music SPECTRA performers Marjan De Schutter, Jeroen Van der Ven production intern Kristien Borgers production manager Celine van der Poel scenography Jozef Wouters set construction Menno Vandevelde sound technician Yannick Willox technical manager Marie Vandecasteele technique & surtitles Britt De Jonghe text & direction Thomas Bellinck translation French Juliane Regler translation Dutch Lieve Dierckx, Wim Vermeylen production ROBIN & OP.RECHT.MECHELEN co-production De Grote Post, NONA, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, SPECTRA with the support of The Flemish Government, KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent and The Flemish Community of Brussels

Simple as ABC #1:
Man vs Machine


Created within the framework of artist Jozef Wouters’ scenery workshop project Infini 1-15, Simple as ABC #1: Man vs Machine is a theatrical essay about cutting edge migration technology.


director Thomas Bellinck artistic director & scenography Jozef Wouters curator Dries Douibi dramaturgy Jeroen Peeters technical director Menno Vandevelde production manager Celine van der Poel Decoratelier (Scenery Workshop) Dareen Abbas, Niels Antonissen, Maurane Colson, Ine Craenhals, Carlo Galli Di Bibiena, Thierry Bosquet, Ken Hioco, Stijn Maes, Sourour Schallewaty, ​Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Samuel Verdonck, Hanne Van Den Biesen, Siemen Van Gaubergen, Tim Vanhentenryck, Cedric De Villenfagne, Pascal Windelinckx, Lila John, Kwinten Wouters management Karolien Derwael & Aïsha De Borger (Klein Verzet) graphic design postcards Ward Heirwegh artistic coaching start-up Sébastien Hendrickx production mennomichieljozef & KVS coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Dream City/Les arts de la rue Tunis with the support of de Vlaamse Overheid