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Shelly Shonk Fiffit

Toneelhuis, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

In his new show Shelly Shonk Fiffit, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe taps into a theme that is as unfathomable as the title: the cosmic. As always, Meirhaeghe does not begin with a text or clear-cut clear concept, but instead takes certain fascinations and a dynamic group of performers as his starting point.
On 25 December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched. This infrared telescope is the largest and most sophisticated space telescope ever, allowing us to look far and deep into the universe, but also into the past. Among other things, Webb will search for the ‘cosmic dawn’: the light of the very first stars that formed shortly after the birth of the universe.

“Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.” (Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670) 

The infinity of the universe swallows us up, science searches but our imagination is absolute. What fascinates Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe even more than the discovery of this telescope is the capacity of human beings to rise above themselves and the universe in their thoughts. Their capacity for invention. In this show, Meirhaeghe links the high tech of a telescope to the primitiveness of handcraft and manual techniques.

Our travel companion on this trip beyond the boundaries of the body and time is the music of the Italian composer Caterina Barbieri. Barbieri makes electronic music that is potentially
transformative and mind-expanding. To the sounds of the hypnotic Fantas (from the magisterial 2019 album Ecstatic Computation), the performers, singers and dancers give themselves over to the inexplicable and indescribable.

Shelly Shonk Fiffit promises to be an intense and ecstatic visual and musical trip through our inner world and the remote corners of the cosmos. Fiffit!

Meirhaeghe is looking for a ‘different’ sort of theatre than the kind of drama that heads straight for a conclusion. A search for a subversive visual poetry, but with the great resources and all the possibilities (dance, acting, mime) of the large stage. 

Pieter T'Jonck in Pzazz , 20 January 2024

"There are many beautiful things in the universe. Some are majestic and grand, making us think outwards, others are humbling and small, drawing us inwards. In his new show, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe is combining both, once again bridging different genres, ideas and themes."

Ugnė Jurelevičiūtė in Etcetera , 23 January 2024

director

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

scenography, light

  • Zaza Dupont
  • Bart Van Merode

music

  • Caterina Barbieri

dramaturgy

  • Louise Van den Eede

text

  • Jori(k) Amit Galama

by and with

  • Fumiyo Ikeda
  • Bully Fae Collins
  • Eurudike De Beul
  • Alphonse Eklou
  • Nathan Felix-Rivot
  • Malique Fye
  • Faust De Winne
  • Hanako Hayakawa

vocal coaching

  • Wouter Deltour

costume design

  • Sietske Van Aerde

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Tandem Scène nationale Douai

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Look@Leo

internationale spreiding i.s.m.

  • ART HAPPENS

All data

  1. Wednesday 20 March 2024 — HNT/Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag
  2. Thursday 21 March 2024 — 20h15 — HNT/Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag
  3. Monday 25 March 2024 — 9h00 — Tandem/Hippodrome, Douai
  4. Tuesday 26 March 2024 — 19h30 — Tandem/Hippodrome, Douai
  5. Wednesday 27 March 2024 — 20h30 — Tandem/Hippodrome, Douai
  6. Friday 29 March 2024 — 9h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  7. Saturday 30 March 2024 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  8. Tuesday 2 April 2024 — 9h00 — ITA/Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  9. Wednesday 3 April 2024 — 20h00 — ITA/Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  1. Tuesday 18 April 2023 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  2. Wednesday 19 April 2023 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  3. Thursday 20 April 2023 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  4. Thursday 24 August 2023 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Monday 28 August 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  6. Tuesday 29 August 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  7. Wednesday 30 August 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  8. Thursday 31 August 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  9. Friday 1 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  10. Monday 4 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  11. Tuesday 5 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  12. Wednesday 6 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  13. Thursday 7 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  14. Friday 8 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  15. Monday 11 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  16. Tuesday 12 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  17. Wednesday 13 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  18. Thursday 14 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  19. Friday 15 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  20. Monday 18 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  21. Tuesday 19 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  22. Wednesday 20 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  23. Thursday 21 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  24. Friday 22 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  25. Monday 25 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  26. Tuesday 26 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  27. Wednesday 27 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  28. Thursday 28 September 2023 — 8h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  29. Thursday 23 November 2023 — 10h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  30. Friday 24 November 2023 — 10h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  31. Monday 27 November 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  32. Monday 27 November 2023 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  33. Tuesday 28 November 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  34. Tuesday 28 November 2023 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  35. Wednesday 29 November 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  36. Wednesday 29 November 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  37. Thursday 30 November 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  38. Thursday 30 November 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  39. Friday 1 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  40. Friday 1 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  41. Monday 4 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  42. Monday 4 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  43. Tuesday 5 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  44. Tuesday 5 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  45. Wednesday 6 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  46. Wednesday 6 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  47. Thursday 7 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  48. Thursday 7 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  49. Friday 8 December 2023 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  50. Friday 8 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  51. Monday 11 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  52. Tuesday 12 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  53. Wednesday 13 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  54. Thursday 14 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  55. Friday 15 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  56. Monday 18 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  57. Tuesday 19 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  58. Wednesday 20 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  59. Thursday 21 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  60. Friday 22 December 2023 — 9h00 — Kambala, Kambalastraat 1, Antwerpen
  61. Friday 22 December 2023 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  62. Friday 22 December 2023 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  63. Wednesday 3 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  64. Wednesday 3 January 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  65. Thursday 4 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  66. Thursday 4 January 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  67. Friday 5 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  68. Friday 5 January 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  69. Saturday 6 January 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  70. Monday 8 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  71. Monday 8 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  72. Tuesday 9 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  73. Tuesday 9 January 2024 — 13h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  74. Wednesday 10 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  75. Wednesday 10 January 2024 — 13h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  76. Thursday 11 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  77. Thursday 11 January 2024 — 13h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  78. Friday 12 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  79. Friday 12 January 2024 — 13h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  80. Saturday 13 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  81. Saturday 13 January 2024 — 13h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  82. Monday 15 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  83. Tuesday 16 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  84. Wednesday 17 January 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  85. Thursday 18 January 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  86. Saturday 20 January 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  87. Wednesday 24 January 2024 — 19h15 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  88. Wednesday 24 January 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  89. Thursday 25 January 2024 — 19h15 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  90. Thursday 25 January 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  91. Monday 29 January 2024 — 9h00 — SPOT Groningen, Groningen
  92. Tuesday 30 January 2024 — 20h15 — SPOT Groningen, Groningen
  93. Tuesday 6 February 2024 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  94. Wednesday 7 February 2024 — 20h00 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
  95. Thursday 8 February 2024 — 9h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  96. Friday 9 February 2024 — 19h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  97. Friday 9 February 2024 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  98. Saturday 10 February 2024 — 19h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  99. Saturday 10 February 2024 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent

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