NRC ★★★★ / Volkskrant ★★★★★.
Mankind, in the English language, is a nicely composed word. In Dutch Mankind translates to ‘ManChild’: man and child at the same time, never fully grown, underway. At the same time Mankind also means the human race in its entirety. Evolution has brought us to where we are now. We think we know who we are. We think we know where we come from.
But where are we going? We can consult books to find that answer. And then?
We build and demolish, we climb and descend, create space for ourself and others. Through trial and error we move forward, from generation to generation. With books as artefacts, we travel throughout history. Without knowing where and when it will end.
The music for this performance is composed by Paul van Kemenade on saxophone and Stevko Busch on piano.
Duration: 50 minutes
De Stilte is a professional dance company in the Southern region of the Netherlands, that focuses entirely on developing productions and performing for children. They perform hundreds of shows every year, for both the public and for schools. De Stilte wants to take as many children as possible out of the everyday world into the abstract world of the senses. Encourage children to tell their own story.
“It takes guts to depict the never-completed development of humanity (Mankind) with such minimal means. Simply by stacking or pushing a bunch of old Winkler-Prinsen encyclopedia. For children a funny and intriguing game, for adults a symbolic treatise. Very impressive.” NRC ★★★★
“Rarely is abstraction and symbolism, humour and seriousness so beautifully combined” Volkskrant ★★★★★
Choreography: Jack Timmermans
Dance: Mirella de Almeida Castagna, Alex Havadi-Nagy, Donna ScholtenCostumes: Joost van WijmenLight design: Uri Rapaport