In glass slippers and sturdy bottoms, buren (Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone) saunter across the playing field, as if on a catwalk. They hoist themselves in ropes, ripped and turned inside-out jeans and delicate lace curtains. On the farm, their worn-out work trousers are a sign of hard labour. In the city, they are a fashion statement.
As in SPARE TIME WORK (2021), in which they first addressed the theme, in this performance the duo starts from their personal experiences. They explore the relationships between customers and sellers, producers and products on a farm in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, a shoe shop along the Belgian coast and in their own art practice.
Neither performer intends to take over the family business, but they do engage with the legacy of their ancestors: what mentalities and behaviours have they consciously or unconsciously absorbed? They search for what connects the three worlds: the shoe shop, the farm and the artistry.
It Takes a City 2024
This performance is part of the new biennial festival It Takes a City. Four Dutch-speaking and four French-speaking organisations join forces to showcase new and young talent across linguistic, cultural and regional boundaries.