I Think We Need To Talk

Coproduction 2021

A table is always standing somewhere, there may be some clutter on it and the people sitting around it may be quite different - if only for that reason they don't have to tell everything at the table - but without such a table the world would actually no longer be a world. The world would have become invisible and unheard of. - Hannah Arendt

© Femke Puype
© Femke Puype

Under the title I think we need to talk, Collectief Elan(d) wants to create theatrical and visual interventions that restore contact in the public space in a poetic and sometimes absurd way. The public space serves both as scenography and as stage. The interventions move on the boundaries between architectural sculpture, social experimentation, theater and choreography. I think we need to talk becomes a theatrical and choreographic game in which spectators travel through the city on the basis of an open script and build an installation along the way, meet other people, take a new look at the surroundings and finally share experiences.

InI think we need to talk everything is put on the table. It will be a performance about the impossibility to summarise everything in words. About the limitations of language. About the big and small stories of people. About our urge to connect. About wanting to be understood and wanting to understand. About communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Collective Elan(d) wonders how people still communicate with each other in these times. How do we deal with each other? And how has the corona crisis affected our way of connecting? How can public space theatrically represent and make meeting possible in a new way?

Concept, creation & performance: Collectief Elan(d) (Jitse Huysmans, Chloé Geers & Katrijn De Cooman — Coproduction: workspacebrussels, C-Takt, Kunstencentrum Vooruit — In collaboration with: Onbetaalbaar & Manoeuvre — With support from: KAAP, De Grote Post