Thomas Ryckewaert

'Chaos - Making Sense of an Ending'
  • Fri 15.03
    20:00 - 22:00
    Minardschouwburg, Gent
    Romain Deconinckplein 2
  • Sat 16.03
    20:00 - 22:00
    Minardschouwburg, Gent
    Romain Deconinckplein 2

An apocalyptic quest for solace and meaning

Having seen Thomas Ryckewaert as an actor in 'The Serpent' and 'Het Goddelijke Monster' and as a theater maker in 'Golem' and 'Genesis,' he now attempts to grapple with a series of calamities in 'Chaos - Making Sense of an Ending'.

Over the course of a few years, Ryckewaert lost his father, witnessed the outbreak of a pandemic, and observed the worsening state of the climate. From a video game about zombies ('The Last Of Us'!) and scientific theories to apocalyptic science fiction and a seemingly extinct fish, Ryckewaert embraces chaos to confront his demons.

In 'Chaos,' the boundaries between the intimate and the global, the internal and external worlds, and reality and madness blur. Can science provide assistance on a chaotic, unpredictable planet? Can one grieve for a loved one and for the end of the world simultaneously? Is there poetry in theory? And what about theater?

“Dit is het meest persoonlijke dat ik al gemaakt heb”

Thomas Ryckewaert in De Morgen

direction, text, performance: Thomas Ryckewaert - with an excerpt from 'Hamlet', William Shakespeare - voices: Abigail Abraham, Gene Bervoets - dramaturgy: Kristof van Baarle - scenography: Erki De Vries- lighting: Luc Schaltin - sound: Marijn Ottenhof - video: Kurt d'Haeseleer - costume: Andrea Kränzlin - acting advice: Oscar Van Rompay - assistant director: Sibran Sampers - technical management: Lucas Van de Voorde - production : manager: Valerie De Visscher, Robin Appels - production: Platform 0090 - co-production: DE  SINGEL, VIERNULVIER (Gent), C-TAKT (Pelt), Het Laatste Bedrijf.

This show was made possible with the support of the Tax Shelter measure from the Belgian Federal Government, Gallop Tax Shelter, and with the support of the Flemish Government.

Thanks to the Royal Museum for Central Africa, especially Emmanuel Vreven for the ichthyological advice, and Luis Moreira da Costa for the stock picture of the Afronandus sheljuzhkoi specimen caught in the Mé (Ivory Coast, West Africa) on August 8, 2000.