Lotte van den Berg / OMSK (NL)

Les spectateurs

52% theatre
31% images
17% strangeness
What does it mean to make contact with foreign surroundings? How does it feel to be a guest in a country that you do not know? Is it possible to become a part of it, or must you forever stay a mere observer?
The Dutch director Lotte van den Berg has become one of the most important protagonists of her generation, with theatre that is radically entrenched in its respective social setting. She gave up her job as resident director at Toneelhuis Antwerp to start OMSK, a new company in the small city of Dordrecht, where she began by establishing contact with her close surroundings so as to incorporate it into her work. From up close to maximum distance: she then spent four months with OMSK in Kinshasa, the capital of Congo. Returning from distant parts, we recognise our own limits, our own roots. The calm and the space around us. Only from within ourselves can we understand something of the difficulties experienced by many immigrants in adapting to their new environment.
Together with visual artists, musicians and actors from the Netherlands and Africa, Lotte van den Berg develops an evening about moving from Europe to the Congo and back.
The focus of “Les spectateurs” is on a question that also cuts to the core of theatre: do we accept our role as spectators or do we want to become part of it? Are we part of a community or do we look for our own freedom in distance?
“Les spectateurs” is about the necessity of individuality and self-preservation. A performance about the detached spectator who yearns to be absorbed into the world they observe.

  Lotte van den Berg / OMSK: Les spectateurs    

herbst Academy
Workshop 3: Translating the Unknown

Direction Lotte van den Berg
With Rachid Laachir, Christina Flick, Pearlmira Vincent, Nganji Mutiri, Ruud Panhuysen
Singing Pearlmira Vincent
Image Rachid Laachir
Dramaturgy Anoek Nuyens
Conversations Anoek Nuyens
Camera Willem Weemhoff
Light Vinny Jones
Sound desgin Arthur Wagenaar
Recordings Guido Kleene
Sound Wilco Alkema
Technical direction Elizabet van der Kooij
Stage engineering Ruud Panhuysen
Grafic Erla van der Pauw
Management Bart Kusters
Production Rianne von Hassel
Assistance management Anke Wirken

Production direction Dominik Jutz
Production Kirsten Patent
Technical direction Hermann Schapek
Technical direction Helmut-List-Halle Peter Springer
Sound engineering Edith Offenhauser
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch, De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Zürcher Theater Spektakel & Toneelhuis (Antwerp)
With support of SNS REAAL Fonds, VSB Fonds, Performing Arts Fund NL & Gemeente Dordrecht
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Date and Facts

Austrian Première
Thu 13/10, Fri 14/10 &
Sat 15/10, 7.30 pm

18 / 12 €

Talk following
the second performance

Shuttle service
Thu 13/10, Fri 14/10 & Sat 15/10, 6.45 pm
Bus stop Kunsthaus Graz
To Helmut-List-Halle and return after the performance