It was begin 2006 when the Transquinquennal received a singular commission from the theatre Les Riches Claires, in Brussels: to create a theatre piece where a visual artwork would speak to the audience, like a character in a play. If it is true that “Untitled (ping pong table)” by Richard Venlet never said a word on stage, “Vernissage”, the result of the experiment, was a trendsetter. Since then we have seen other artworks like “Drama Queens” by Elmgreen and Dragset, or “The Beggar” by Dora García, where speaking sculptures address boldly the audience. So a sequel was unavoidable. And this sequel is “Games People Play”.
In “Games People Play”, the original “Untitled (ping pong table)” has achieved mythical status and only presents itself to the audience in the form of a ghost. Undisturbed, ping pong players keep playing on it, while a group of people (a psychiatrist, a gorgeous interviewer, some unidentified deranged people waiting in the green room) discuss about the status of that table now.
Stuk – leuven
With : Kristof Coenen, Kristien De Proost, Marc Iglias, Vocaal Ensemble Markant
Production : STUK vzw, Transquinquennal, with the support of CERA
Transquinquennal is in residence at Théâtre Varia and supported by the Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles.
Captation du spectacle
- 03/11/2007: STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven (BE)