URLAND / Naomi Velissariou
An adaptation of the contemporary classic, Quartet, with a visual impact that screams for earplugs. As loud, grave and hilariously tragic as a power ballad, a death metal band is thrashing about in search of love and meaning. Soaring atonally past any sense of reality, they suck us along into the nightmare that is MTV, as predicted by Müller as early on as in 1981.
In Quartet: a power ballad the four members of the Urland performance collective and theatre maker Naomi Velissariou unleash their high-impact imagery as they tackle the ultimate in late 20th century postmodern literary writing: Quartet by Heiner Müller. Death metal is their weapon of choice to shake the very foundations of this play about the war between the sexes.
Conceived, written & performed by: Ludwig Bindervoet, Thomas Dudkiewicz, Marijn Alexander de Jong, Naomi Velissariou & Jimi Zoet
Written by: Heiner Müller & Naomi Velissariou
Translated by: Sam Bogaerts
Sound Design by: Jimi Zoet
Scenography by: Marijn Alexander de Jong
Special thanks to: Pilo Pilkes, Florian Hellwig, Walter Bart, De Queeste, Stefan Jakiela, Davy Pieters, Jan Zoet, Abke Haring, Sam Bogaerts
Produced by: Urland, TAKT Dommelhof, STUK Leuven & Cmine Genk
Made with support from: Fonds Podiumkunsten & Provincie Limburg (be)
Campaign image by: Joost de Haas