“We are five friends, one day we came out of a house one after the other, first one came and placed himself beside the gate. […] Finally we all stood in a row. […] Since then we have been living together, it would be a peaceful life if it weren’t for a sixth one continually trying to interfere. He doesn’t do us any harm, but he annoys us. […] We push him away with our elbows, but however much we push him away, back he comes.”
From: Fellowship by Franz Kafka
GOSSIP is a projection that covers a whole wall. From that wall a large company of people belonging to ‘higher society’ gaze at the audience. The projected men and women stand in a line next to each other, and very close to each other. They are all equally tall. They incessantly whisper words in each others' ears. From time to time their whispering and gossiping stops. At these times, they all laugh or are suddenly simultaneously silent. They make small movements, or just smile. They look the spectator in the eye impudently. They laugh at him/her. GOSSIP is like a peeking painting that is amused by the spectator and looks down on him/her.
The personages in GOSSIP are, like those in FRIEZE, DUMP and SYNCOPE, all Verdonck-personages. In GOSSIP they are a ‘community’. Uniform, civilised, empty but determined. They display their pseudo-happy exterior. Men and women, young and old, all grown-ups. Deformed but equal to each other and extremely satisfied. Representatives of a society that stands at the edge of an abyss. They have suppressed their fear, confusion and sense of Unheimlichkeit. Children are absent in this society.
GOSSIP is also part of the 'circuit performance' K, a Society (2010).
Concept & direction: Kris Verdonck
Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater)
With: Kris Verdonck, Hendrik De Smedt, actors and employees from Schauspiel Essen
Camera and editing: Vincent Pinckaers
Sound design: Thomas Turine, Chris Segers & Stef Van Alsenoy
Light design: Luc Schaltin (Kaaitheater)
Costumes: Schauspiel Essen, Sofie Durnez
Technical direction: Colin Legras / Luc Schaltin (Kaaitheater)
Construction: Sylvain Spinoit & Steven Blum
Image processing: Massimiliano Simbula
Production manager: Hendrik De Smedt
Administrator: Han De Meulemeester
Coproduction: 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), the Brussels Capital Region