‘Let’s try to go beyond, leaning over the balcony of language.’
What else can be an alternative to plain reality than trying to grasp the soul of things?
Now, Miet Warlop stages real people with open minds that reach straight for the heart.
Five performers swing around major themes such as religion, martyrdom, slow-motion terrorism, romanticism, tradition, leadership, psychosis, time, drugs, trips and nature…
The piece begins with a movement of lights, colours, sounds and emotions reflected onto the audience.
Through the depths of darkness we perceive a man moving about with large steps. Unlike in Warlop’s earlier piece Mystery Magnet, where a stout guy absorbs everything, the focal point now is a roadie, a figure we know from rock concerts. He is a young muscle who connects things, amplifies them and plugs every item into the network on stage.
Still in the dark, we start singing about what terrifies us. Shaking ourselves loose from fears and desires, we nestle in the open arms that this performance can be.
‘I know that you know what we know. Embarrassing!’, we sing. And ‘Tell me, is this my world? Where do I belong?’.
Popular tunes and deep thoughts exorcise the issues we all have, shaking off the panic and anxieties that cloud our hearts.
Through songs, Fruits of Labor aims to create the space and momentum to breathe in unison with the audience.
After paint and plaster, in Fruits of Labor Miet Warlop now explores music and lyrics as material to build a performance.
And while her previous stage piece Dragging the Bone uses the aesthetics of art exhibitions, Fruits of Labor can be seen as a concert, a rolling revue of songs and dances, with at its core an awkwardly oversized white cube in constant transformation.


Concept and direction: Miet Warlop

Music and performance: Miet Warlop, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Tim Coenen, Seppe Cosyns

Assisted by: Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Sander Vos

Costumes: Sofie Durnez, Karolien Nuytens, An Breugelmans

Technical direction: Hugh Roche Kelly

Sound technique: Saul Mombaerts, Pieter-Jan Coppejans, Bart Van Hoydonck

Light design: Henri Emmanuel Doublier

Production leader: Seppe Cosyns

Management: Bob Van Langendonck

Associate production manager: Maria-Carmela Mini

Producer: Irene Wool (Ghent)

Associate producer: Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille)

KunstenfstivaldesArts (Brussels), Vooruit (Ghent), BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie (Geneva), Gessnerallee (Zurich), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), NXTSTP

Thanks to: Ballet C de la B (Ghent), Stijn Kenens, Bram Coeman, Michiel Dasseville, Karel Vanhooren, Elke Vanlerberghe, Michiel De Wilde, Danai Anesiadou, Nicolas Provost, Stephen Dewaele, Michiel Goedertier, Arlette Goethals, Sparks-efx, Paul Warlop, Geert Viane, Koen de Meyer

With the support of: Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Flemish Authorities, City of Ghent, City of Erlangen, European Union’s Culture Programme

Fruits of Labor was made in Studio C de la B (Ghent), Vooruit (Ghent) and Arts center BUDA (Kortrijk) and had its premiere at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) on May 19 of 2016.

Fruits of Labour - Bart Vermaercke