The Flood

The Flood, a theatre monologue by Clara van den Broek


The Flood is set at the sea. There is a house by the sea. Here lives an amorous couple, a man and a woman. They have nicely appointed their lives: a beautiful setting, time together, time for themselves. But, one morning, bodies have washed up on the beach, a few adults first, then a child.


He does what he can to continue his life as undisturbedly as possible. She becomes increasingly affected by what happened. While the loving couple used to be so good at being together in silence, their silence has now become an abyss of incomprehension. Maybe she could have saved the child - could have held it in her arms - she thinks, if only he had helped her? Or is she actually being cowardly, and is she blaming him as an excuse for her not having acted? Why doesn’t he say something?


The Flood is about our (in)ability to empathize with the other, about how we behave when something threatens our happiness, about the impact of the world on our private lives.


Paul Verrept wrote the text. Clara van den Broek is playing.



*** An intense trip through the heart and conscience of a woman.


Verrept has the washed up bodies slowly drive a wedge between the two occupants of the white house by the sea. The once so perfect, quiet, tender love bends, cracks and breaks. Van den Broek demonstrates that especially with a frown, an intonation, a motion while she talks about the actions that arrise from that bending, cracking and breaking. [...] You empathize. You recognize the will to do something for the stranded people, but also the inability (or unwillingness) to actually do so. [...] ‘The Flood’ muses about how we deal with the flood of emotions, people and images in this Europe, without wanting to be do-gooders / world-improvers. Paul Verrept sought and found words that are pregnant with intimacy and passion, but also falter from helplessness. His text carries ‘The Flood’ and has Van den Broek excel in intimacy and sobriety.


***(< Els Van Steenberghe – Knack)


Paul Verrept is turning the logic around. He has written a beautiful text about the impact of stranded asylum seekers on a western couple. Clara van den Broek plays the female voice in this silent but very precise monologue. [...] ‘The Flood’ is spoken poetry rather than expressive theatre. But this silence is also the force. It’s pretty clever how Verrept - with a few well-chosen metaphors - links a broken love to the sinking of the refugees. So the woman says: “Our boat is sinking. You fall overboard. And I end up in the water myself.” Grabbing you by the throat.


***(< Filip Tielens – De Standaard)







CREDITS



Concept & performance:


Clara van den Broek, Hera Hammenecker/Wolf Vernier

Text:


Paul Verrept - 

French translation: Monique Nagielkopf

Costumes:


Barbara De Laere

light & soudndesign,



videodesign:


Eric Engels

Choreography


Randi De Vlieghe

Stage technician:


Jeroen Wuyts

Production:


SKaGeN , supported by Villanella



Supported by the Flemisch Governement and het Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren





Friday 21 July 2017

Kunstenfestival Watou


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17u30

Saturday 22 July 2017

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14u30

Saturday 22 July 2017

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17u30

Sunday 23 July 2017

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14u30

Sunday 23 July 2017

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17u30

Friday 20 October 2017

Asse CC / Oud Gasthuis

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20.30

Thursday 26 October 2017

Menen CC De Steiger

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Thursday 2 November 2017

Geel CC de Werft

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20.15

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Mechelen Stadsschouwburg

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Saturday 11 November 2017

Berchem ccBe

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20.30

Friday 8 December 2017

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Saturday 9 December 2017

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Friday 25 Mai 2018

Antwerpen Bourlaschouwburg

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20.00