het Theater Festival


Dries Gijsels

“And time is just memory mixed with desire” – Tom Waits

In Realtime we follow a theatre director trying to create a show about time. But the past is out of reach and the future just won’t seem to start. Whilst the audience gets older and older, the premiere is rapidly getting closer.

How long does the present last and where does it go when it’s over? Do we still ever truly experience empty time? Or have we become too distracted by permanent stimuli? Shouldn’t technological progress mean we now have more time than ever?

Dries Gijsels and his crew create a restless and intriguing universe of soothsayers and ex-lovers, of delays and deadlines, of too much coffee and too little sleep. In a race against the clock, they try to find a new time zone where our attention is not fragmented and time can have a rest.

idea & direction Dries Gijsels | by and with Cédric Coomans, Eline Kuppens, Femke Stallaert & Greg Timmermans | dramaturgy Bart Capelle | costumes Anne-Cathérine Kunz | direction assistant Marie Pien | set Bert Van Dijck | light and sound design Bert Van Dijck, Hanne Dick & Milan De Wael | co-production Kultuurfaktorij Monty & C-takt | residencies K.A.K., Arsenaal/Lazarus, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek & De Nwe Tijd | thanks to Juul Dekker, Suzanne Grotenhuis, Jonas Devuyst, Wim Gijsels, Matthias
Hellemans & Tim Kluppels | with the support of the Flemish Community & the VGC | image © 2018 Max Pinckers
Grote Zaal
€16 (basic price) / €14 (65+/-26/pro) / €10 (-18 )
duration: 80 min.
language: NL, surtitled in FR & EN

Dries Gijsels (Antwerp, °1986) is one of the driving forces within the Brussels theatre collective Koekelbergse Alliantie van Knutselaars. Over the past few years, he has made with K.A.K. Life, Death & Television and the nursery show Snøw, which he also directed.  In co-direction with Renée Goethijn he created No Use For Binoculars (2015) and Totally (2017). Realtime is the first performance he created and directed himself.

In his work, Gijsels examines the relationship between mankind and the ever more rapidly evolving technology, and questions the status of reality in a changing world. He files up the world as we know it and then reassembles it with hooks and eyes, in order to create a universe of his own, at once absurd and surrealistic. In this, humanity, humour and compassion are the ultimate accomplices to hold their own in a world that is becoming increasingly elusive.