“Much more than about visions of artistry and identity, Analoog is about relatable issues such as ageing, purpose, commitment, getting away from your roots, regret and shame. Together, this creates an intimate encounter that really charmed the jury.”
“Like a magic ball, 'Analoog' reveals more and more colorful layers and emotional flavours. The piece is a portrait of a bond between these two men, but it transcends that one bond and also becomes, just as Ernaux masterfully demonstrates in her work, an illustration of how generations challenge and support each other.
“In a beautiful duet, Willem de Wolf of DE HOE and his ex-student Louis Janssens reflect on the way in which they formed and shape each other and each other's work.”
Louis Janssens and Willem de Wolf got to know each other when Willem, as a teacher at the drama school, saw Louis enter his class and thought for a moment that he saw himself as a student of 35 years ago. He saw the same eagerness, the same ambition, the same bravura-wrapped insecurity. Even that whole lanky figure with its suggestive lock of hair hanging nonchalantly over its forehead was, with some backlighting, almost Willem.
Conversely, Louis also recognized himself in Willem. As something you could become, even though you may not want to. As supposedly mature, experienced, with uncertainty wrapped in resignation. What do you actually see when you see yourself in the other? Is recognizing yourself in the other the basis on which and with which you learn?
Analoog is an intergenerational performance that sings and talks about childhood, about mothers and about searching, disruptive loves. A score about completed and desired learning processes. About the past and the future, but also about how to position yourself as a young – or older – person within the world.
A performance like a large open space on which, with music, text and images, Willem looks back and looks ahead and Louis looks ahead and looks back. And somewhere in this tangle of gaze directions, they naturally look at each other at a given moment.