The Silencing / Homo Novus

The Silencing / Homo Novus

Collective listening experience, relaxed performance.
In English with Latvian subtitles

Accessible for audiences with mobility impairment. A distinctly sound-based work.

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David Weber-Krebs (Belgium/Germany)

What kind of attention do we give to the sounds of the environment we inhabit? What sort of agency do we have when these sounds start to disappear? The Silencing is a sensitive exploration of the role of the spectator in a theatre space. It mirrors what is happening outside of it – the profound impact that human activity has on its physical surroundings. On stage, a group of young storytellers establishes a shared practice of listening by interweaving autobiographical narrations, speculations, and audio recordings. They fill the theatre space with words and sounds until words fail them and there are no more stories to tell.

About the artist
David Weber-Krebs (B/D) is an artist and a researcher based in Brussels. He studied at the University of Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). David explores various contexts as a basis for an experimental process, which questions the traditional relationship between the work of art and its public. Recent works for theatre are the performances ‘Tonight, Lights out!’ (2013), ‘Balthazar’ (2015), ‘The Guardians of Sleep’ (2017), ‘The Actual Event’ (2020) and ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ (2021). Recent works in the field of the visual arts are the installations ‘Immersion’ (2014) and ‘The Earthly Paradise’ (2017). David is the curator of the series of performative conferences ‘On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors’ (with Jeroen Peeters) in which they address this question: how are the arts (its questions, forms, research and discourses) challenged by climate change? He is the initiator and editor of the book ‘and then the doors opened again’ (Onomatopee) in which 75 authors imagine their first theatre visit after the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. He is affiliated as a doctoral artistic researcher to KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts.

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