- Place BRONKS
BRICK is a wordless performance centred around a literal and figurative cornerstone of our society: the brick. Clay-red, slightly dusty, solid yet fragile. But above all: full of meaning. As a symbol for a home, for example. The archetype of man’s urge to build a house.
Bey shapes BRICK by placing own body opposite dozens of pounds of quick-build brick. He juggles, dances and makes live sculptures, using the hollow stone as both totem of and outlet for a silent struggle. Thus, BRICK is also about craftsmanship, as Bey slaloms from virtuoso construction worker to societal shin-kicker, crossing and skirting the classical boundaries of circus performance.
Themes such as mental health and artistic self-development emerge naturally, while Bey questions modern status symbols and reduces them to dust in a tour de force of physical tragicomedy and performance art.
What BRICK builds up eventually comes back down. Throughout the piece, tension shimmers and sways between the artist, the bricks, gravity and the audience. Builder and structure flirt non-stop with menace in a primal tale of perseverance - even in the face of absurd opposition.
CONCEPT EN SPEL Samuel Bey
PROCESBEGELEIDING Louis Vanhaverbeke
EXTERIOR EYE Benjamin Verdonck
ARTISTIEKE INPUT Bauke Lievens, Abgial Abraham, Sander de Cuyper
FOTO Zoë Janssen
TRAILER Kenneth Michiels
MET DE STEUN van de Vlaamse Overheid
COPRODUCTIE PERPLX, CIRKLABO/30CC
RESIDENTIES MiraMiro, PERPLX, CIRKLABO/30CC, Tollhaus Karlsruhe en FIRM Artlab, De Clinch