Pleasant Island

Pleasant Island

  • Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO (Belgien)
06.November  17:30 - 18:40
Schaubühne Lindenfels
07.November  15:30 - 16:40
Schaubühne Lindenfels
    • Theatre

    Nauru is a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean that was christened Pleasant Island by European explorers. The history of this “pleasant island” – which was under the protectorate of the German Empire from 1888 until World War I – is often seen as a parable for our world today. Nauru has been hit hard by the effects of colonization, capitalism, migration and ecological disaster. After the discovery of vast phosphate deposits, the microstate briefly became one of the richest countries in the world. Every bit of land was stripped down to the last corner and sold all over the world as fertilizer for agriculture. After plundering its natural resources, the island was left in economic and environmental ruins. Today, in order to survive, the government accepts unwelcome asylum seekers from Australia in exchange for financial compensation and houses them in detention centers.

    Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere have traveled to Nauru for their field research. In this post-apocalyptic environment they have tried to capture the historical, ecological and humanitarian exhaustion of the island. Due to the threat of reprisals, they went without camera equipment and discreetly recorded their interviews with cell phones. The aesthetics of the smartphone also dominate what takes place on stage and make PLEASANT ISLAND an extraordinary and moving documentary theater piece.

    After the performance on November 7, there will be an audience discussion with the artists.


    22/ 11 euros

    By and with: Silke Huysmans, Hannes Dereere

    Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi

    Technicians: Anne Meeussen, Piet Depoortere

    Sound mix: Lieven Dousselaere

    Photos: Ilse Philips, Vlad Sokhin, Nuno Direitinho

    Production: CAMPO

    Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Spring Festival Utrecht, Beursschouwburg, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Veem House For Performance, Spielart & De Brakke Grond residencies Beursschouwburg, De Grote Post, KAAP, Kunstencentrum Buda, Kunst-enwerkplaats Pianofabriek, STUK & Veem House for Performance, LOD with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie & KAAP

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