Benjamin Verdonck


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An artist, a stage, a performance – and a magic box as an artwork. In “notallwhowanderarelost”, Benjamin Verdonck presents displaced little stories with the aid of geometric figures; questions written on cardboard suddenly appear behind opening doors, disappearing again behind falling curtains, answered by a delicate feat of skill. Strings, colours, forms and materials merge into a kaleidoscope of acoustic and visual poetry.
In his works, the theatre-maker and actor Benjamin Verdonck alternates effortlessly between genres, developing stage interpretations, performances in public spaces, object theatre, and visual art installations. He translates critical awareness into original manifestations, language becomes tangible matter, silent objects begin telling stories.
This project originated from Verdonck’s idea of a “mini-theatre”, which he now stages in the form of an Arte Povera-style show box – a mechanical table-top theatre imbued with wondrous life in a performative act. This table-top theatre is the centrepiece of the stage version of “notallwhowanderarelost”. Here Verdonck plays the role of director, performer and stage engineer of a theatre that, while having a very palpable scale, remains enigmatic.
Produced by Toneelhuis & KVS
Co-produced by steirischer herbst & Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
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Dates and Facts

Première in the German-speaking region

Sat 04/10 & Sun 05/10, 19.30

Kulturzentrum Schloss Wildon

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Price includes ticket for journey to venue by S-Bahn, to be collected at any of the steirischer herbst information and ticket offices.


Short version
Wed 01/10, 17.30 & 19.30
4 €
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Thu 02/10,
17.30, 19.30 & 21.30
Festival centre
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By and with Benjamin Verdonck, Iwan Van Vlierberghe, Sven Roofthooft, Sébastien Hendrickx, Han Stubbe, Louisa Vanderhaegen & Griet Stellamans