KRISTIEN & MARK DE PROOST
on track (tristero)
Friday, November 11 | approx. 21:00 | Schauspielhaus (main stage)
Language: English | Running time: approx. 70 minutes | German premiere
Performed by KRISTIEN & MARK DE PROOST
An old-fashioned exhibition space with several showcases and assorted artworks: chainsaw, feathered headdress, a map of the world. On a treadmill, running, wearing a suit and a tie, Kristien de Proost tells us she is “loose-limbed and solidly built”. Behind her a gallery attendant, bored, fiddling with dials, handing over props and, occasionally, upping the speed of the treadmill. She examines herself in minute detail, from the colour of her teeth to the thickness of her toenails, giving an appraisal of both her physical appearance and her personality virtues and flaws. Her statements are short, blunt and inescapably factual. It’s not allowed to touch or feed the exhibit; laughter is permitted.
During her deeply confessional yet distanced monologue about objectivity, objectification and the impossibility of self-knowledge, de Proost never stops running. She seems to hold nothing back – both in terms of what she says and what she does. Her being constantly in motion, running ever onwards yet going nowhere brings to mind an image of a modern human in a hamster wheel.
ON TRACK is the English version of TOESTAND, a monologue written and performed by Kristien De Proost in Dutch. Toestand premiered in 2013 at Kaaitheater in Brussels, and the English version had its premiere in 2015 at the Edinburgh Fringe.
“ON TRACK is an intriguing and intelligent crossover between theatre and performance art. Wonderful, urgent and beguiling.” **** Broadway Baby
Directed by Kristien De Proost in collaboration with Youri Dirkx & Peter Vandenbempt
Scenography and costumes Marie Szersnovicz
Light design Harry Cole
Make-up Marie Messien
Photo Youri Dirkx
Coproduction: Kaaitheater & Campo.
Supported by Flemish Government