PELLET

“There is a creature called Odradek. At first glance it looks like a flat star-shaped spool for thread, and indeed it does seem to have thread wound upon  it; to be sure, they are only old, broken-off bits of thread, knotted and tangled together, of the most varied sorts and colors. [...] One is tempted to believe that the creature one had some sort of intelligible shape and is now only a broken-down remnant. [...] He lurks by turns in the garret, the stairway, the lobbies, the entrance hall. Often for months on end he is not to bee seen; then he has presumably moved into other houses; but he always comes faithfully back to our house again. [...] I ask myself, to no purpose, what is likely to happen to him? Can he possibly die? Anything that dies has had some kind of aim in life, some kind of activity, which has worn out; but that does not apply to Odradek. [...] He does no harm to anyone that one can see; but the idea that he is likely to survive me I fin dalmost painful.”

From: 'The Cares of a Family Man' by Franz Kafka
A pellet: the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate, syn. a casting. (source: Wikipedia)

A big dark ball hangs in a very dark space. The round mass is so big it almost fills up the whole area. The spectators that enter the room can only stand squeezed against the walls. The guide leading them through the parcours of K, a Society positions himself beneath the ball, as if he is about to be crushed by it at any moment. In his own ‘neutral’ way, he tells Kafka’s story of the unheimliche creature Odradek, from ‘The Cares of a Family Man’.


PELLET is also part of the circuit- performance K, a Society (2010) and IN VOID (2016).
Concept & direction: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)
Construction: Sylvain Spinoit
Production: A Two Dogs Company
Production manager: Hendrik De Smedt
Production assistant: Karolien De Bleser
Administrator: Han De Meulemeester
Co-production: Theater der Welt 2010 (DE), Transdigital (Interreg), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE), Productiehuis Rotterdam / Rotterdamse Schouwburg (NL), Kaaitheater (BE)
In partnership with: Schauspiel Essen (DE), Le manège.mons (BE) and Technocité (BE) in the frame of Transdigital
With the support of: the Flemish Authorities, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC)
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2011
  • 2010
14 > 17/07
DE Essen Theater der Welt 2010
10 > 12/09
NL Rotterdam De Internationale Keuze 2010
10 > 12/11
BE Gent Kunstencentrum Vooruit
26 > 27/02
BE Brussels Kaaitheater
23 > 26/06
NL Breda Chassé Theater
11 > 14/02
BE Brussels Kaaistudio's
15 > 17/03
NL Rotterdam Festival de Keuze
28/04 > 06/05
AT Krems Donaufestival
  • PELLET - © Kristof Vrancken / Z33
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