Thomas Bellinck / ROBIN

Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt sifts out how we ‘hunt’ people today. People with experience of this phenomenon, who Bellinck calls ‘experts’, were asked: “If you had to capture how people are hunted today in one image for an exhibition, what would we see?" Theatre-makers, journalists, the police, politicians: we are all hunting after someone or something. But who is hunting who, and how?

In this wordless audio production without actors, we hear fragments of Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Greek: a multi-vocal portrait of the hunt for people today. The ‘absent’ narrators share their stories about the hunt. Some voices are heard. But most are not. Like invisible guides, the different voices lead us through their imaginary museum, which presents hunting scenes that would otherwise be hard to capture. 

Thomas Bellinck (1983) places the theme of “Europa” at the core of his work. He works at the intersection of performance, visual art and film and is known in particular for his works that probe power relations, politics and systemic violence, which he examines through means including professional actors, non-professional actors and academics. He developed Simple as ABC, a series of performances and installations that focuses on the ‘Western migration machine’: the theatrical audio-essay Man Vs. Machine about detection peak technology, the documentary musical Keep Calm & Validate about the digitisation of the European border and now The Wild Hunt, the third part of the series.

“Making works of art auditive is a great way on the one hand to escape the ‘standard’ images everyone immediately calls to mind, which are now part of what Bellinck calls a ‘visual economy’: the trade in sensational images concerning refugees that are used by some media purely as ‘material’.” 
- Theaterkrant 
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“‘The Wild Hunt’: razor sharp, with a leading role for the voice of refugees”
- De Morgen ★★★★
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Een gesprek met Thomas Bellinck, door Esther Severi (Kaaitheater)

"In een van de eerste workshops die we organiseerden in Tunesië vroeg er iemand of ik me er niet vreemd bij voel dat ik met een Europees paspoort visumvrij naar Tunis kan reizen om er iets te komen maken over het feit dat mensen in Tunis zich blauw betalen om een visum aan te vragen voor Europa dat ze doorgaans niet eens krijgen. Met zo’n simpele vraag zit je direct aan de kern van de machtsverhouding waar de hele voorstelling om draait. Enerzijds wil je uiteraard net daarrond werken en anderzijds merk je hoe diep je zelf geworteld zit in het probleem, zelfs binnen je eigen artistieke praktijk. Dan wordt het onmogelijk om je aan die vraag te onttrekken."

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Credits
TextSaid Reza Hosseini Adib, Samaneh Arian, Aristotle, Ghazi Ayari, Thomas Bellinck, Rihab Chaabane, Abir Farhat, Karima Ganji, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Mounir, Fatemeh Mousavi, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Farouk Ouartani, Racist Violence Recording Network, Marwen Sammoud, Ervin Shehu, Yiouli Vitou
Artistic collaborationJeroen Van der Ven
DirectionThomas Bellinck
DramaturgyEsther Severi
InterpretersSaid Reza Hosseini Adib, Yasmine Bhar, Hayfa Ghozzi, Rym Haddad, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Aisha Zaied
Light Design Lucas Van Haesbroeck
Light TechniqueMarie Vandecasteele
PerformersSaid Reza Hosseini Adib, Ghazi Ayari, Thomas Bellinck, Abir Farhat, Karima Ganji, Parisa Heidari, Chamseddine Marzoug, Mounir, Fatemeh Mousavi, Mohammad Javad Mousavi, Farouk Ouartani, Nikos Palaiologos, Orestis Seferoglou, Ervin Shehu, The 5th Grade of the 28th Elementary School of Athens, Yiouli Vitou
Head of productionCeline van der Poel
ProductionDimitra Dernikou, Yalena Kleidara, Francesca Pinder, Sandra Raes Oklobdzija, Aisha Zaied
Pyro technique &decor techniqueNiels Antonissen
research and production assistentKaat Balfoort, Hayfa Ghozzi, Pafsanias Karathanasis, Bilel Melki, Amal Rouissi, Georgia Spyropoulou, Laurien Versmissen
ScenographyCamille Lemonnier
DecorNiels Antonissen, Guy Cuypers, Daan Roosen, Toneelhuis Decoratelier, Tim Vanhentenryck, Marjan Verachtert
Sound DesignBart Celis
Sound editingLars Morren, Emiel Redant, Johannes Ringoot
Sound techniqueArthur De Vuyst
ConstructionMathias Batsleer, Steven Bontinck, Ijf Boulet, Victor Dries, Johannes Rigoot, Diederik Suykens, Bert Van Dijck
Head of technical productionArthur De Vuyst
TranscriptionSamia Amami, Sana Chamekh, Farideh Ghalandari, Amira Hamdi, Cyrine Ben Ismail, Yalena Kleidara
Sur titlesYasmine Akrimi, Amal Boualga, Vassilis Douvitsas, Fahimi Hnazaee Fatemeh, Farbod Fathinejad, Iannis Goerlandt, Welid Hmeissia, Haythem Khamri, Yalena Kleidara, Marwa Manai, Anna Muchin, Eleni Nasiou, Juliane Regler, Mona Silavi
ProductionROBIN
CoproductionDream City / L’Art Rue (Tunis), De Grote Post (Ostend), Fast Forward Festival / Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
Supported byKASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent, LabexMed / Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme (Marseille), The Flemish Community of Brussels, The Flemish Government
Concept inspired byGrégoire Chamayou’s Manhunts: A Philosophical History
Additional research interviewsThe Asylum Service, The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, The Hellenic Police
Thanks toHalima Aissa, Ifigeneia Anastasiadi, Dimitris Angelidis, Anonymous, Katia Arfara, Simon Baetens, Louise Bergez, Marc Bernardot, Moon Blaisse, Hassen Boubakri, Sana Bousbih, Dimitris Christopoulos, Ismael Cissé, Patrick De Coster, Johan Dehollander, Bert De Puydt, Omar Fassatoui, Apostolis Fotiadis, Jan Goossens, Hamma Weld Hamida, Louis Janssens, Lobna Jlassi, Ebia Joel, Wafa Kanzari, Khalid Koujili, KVS, Malek Lakhal, Mostfa Lakhdher, Lorena Lando, Leon Konda Ler, Mohsen Lihidheb, Mahdi Mabrouk, Jalel Mahmoudi, Ahmed Mansour, Brigitte Marin, Fatma Mathlouthi, Rosine Mbakam, Yonus Mohamed, Selma Ouissi, Kostis Papaioannou, Lefteris Papagiannakis, Clio Papapantoleon, Stéphanie Poussel, Fanny Robles, Eleni Spathana, Isabel Mohedano Sohm, Imed Soltani, Timo Sterckx, Loes Swaenepoel, Toneelhuis, Carine van Bruggen, Naomi Van Der Horst, An van. Dienderen, Eleonore Van Godtsenhoven et al.