Moore Bacon! shows a naked body on stage being torn apart and presenting itself to us in impossible shapes. A cabinet of light and darkness envelops it, causing only shards to remain. The spectator’s eye is constantly being played causing form, texture and color to be the viewer’s own imagination rather than what’s effectively taking place on stage. Every perception is an act of creation. What we see is some kind of half-human being, floating amidst a dark space of which the edges are invisible; it stretches out, shrinks and bursts into pieces, only to present itself to us in a new appearance. It is constantly disintegrating and reconstructing itself. And although this disintegrating body inevitably speaks to us about death, there is a joyful force and playfulness to be found in a pile of chunks, trying to puzzle itself back together.
Concept: Bosse Provoost & Kobe Chielens
Directed by: Bosse Provoost
Performed by: Kobe Chielens
Image: Chantal Pollier
Dramaturgical advice: Bauke Lievens
Technique: Abel Provoost, Geert Belpaeme
Special thanks to: BUDA Kortrijk, De Grote Post, De Werf, Geert Belpaeme, Koenraad Vandersyppe
Bosse Provoost and Kobe Chielens are part of art collective De Polen.
De Polen is a Belgian artist collective founded by Bosse Provoost (°1993), Kobe Chielens (°1993), Liselotte de Keyzer (°1987) and Geert Belpaeme (°1984) in 2016. In this collective, Bosse is the director, while Kobe, Geert and Lieselotte are performers/creators of the material.
De Polen came to be after various artistic encounters with each other, not in the least ‘Herberg’ (2015), a location performance set under a freeway overpass and the first production all four of them worked at. de polen is also the consolidation of a four year long collaboration between Bosse and Kobe. In these four years they made four performances, the latest of which, ‘Moore Bacon!’ (2015), won the TAZ-KBC Jongtheaterprijs at Theater Aan Zee 2016, one of the most important recognitions in Belgium for emerging artists in the performing arts. They also won two prizes at Amsterdam’s ITs (International Theatre School) Festival: the IYMA Award and Het Debuut.
Between July 2017 and December 2021 Bosse will be working as a director at Toneelhuis as part of the talent development trajectory P.U.L.S., from which most projects of de polen will likely be initiated. Geert is, apart from his artistic practice with de polen and his other collective, l’hommmm, a researcher and teacher at KASK/School of Arts Ghent
De Polen makes wordless, physical performances with a strong visual component. Their work is, unsurprisingly, strongly inspired by visual arts (from Caravaggio and Hans Holbein the Young to Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor, Walt Disney and the great polish animators Walerian Borowczyk and Piotr Dumala). de polen explores different ways of presenting an actor as a (drawn, sculpted, animated…) ‘figure’ rather than a person on stage. The lighting too plays a crucial part in their work, light is used as paint on canvas. A strategy they developed through their latest performances Herberg and Moore Bacon! is one of ‘sensory deprivation’: to give to an audience insufficient visual stimuli to grasp what is happening before their eyes, but enough to provoke a constant flow of hypotheses, hereby stressing that every perception is an act of creation.
12 August Festival Boulevard Den Bosch, Netherlands
23 September 2016 Pand P Eindhoven, Netherlands
29 September 2016 Junushof Wageningen,Netherlands
The Via Rudolphi ‘Het Debuut Award’ at ITs Festival 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The ‘IYMA Award’ at ITs Festival 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The ‘ TAZ-KBC JONGTHEATERPRIJS’ Award at Theater aan Zee Festival 2016, Oostende, Belgium