Homo Novus


The Silencing

David Weber-Krebs (Belgium/Germany)
08.09., 09.09. 18:00, 21:00, Dirty Deal Teatro, Talsu iela 1, Rīga | 10 / 15 EUR

What kind of attention do we give to the sounds of the environment we inhabit? What sort of agency do we have when these sounds start to disappear? The Silencing is a sensitive exploration of the role of the spectator in a theatre space. It mirrors what is happening outside of it – the profound impact that human activity has on its physical surroundings. On stage, a group of young storytellers establishes a shared practice of listening by interweaving autobiographical narrations, speculations, and audio recordings. They fill the theatre space with words and sounds until words fail them and there are no more stories to tell.

Accessible for audiences with mobility impairment. A distinctly sound-based work.

About artist

David Weber-Krebs (B/D) is an artist and a researcher based in Brussels. He studied at the University of Fribourg (CH) and the Amsterdam School of the Arts (NL). David explores various contexts as a basis for an experimental process, which questions the traditional relationship between the work of art and its public. Recent works for theatre are the performances ‘Tonight, Lights out!’ (2013), ‘Balthazar’ (2015), ‘The Guardians of Sleep’ (2017), ‘The Actual Event’ (2020) and ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ (2021). Recent works in the field of the visual arts are the installations ‘Immersion’ (2014) and ‘The Earthly Paradise’ (2017). David is the curator of the series of performative conferences ‘On Enclosed Spaces and the Great Outdoors’ (with Jeroen Peeters) in which they address this question: how are the arts (its questions, forms, research and discourses) challenged by climate change? He is the initiator and editor of the book ‘and then the doors opened again’ (Onomatopee) in which 75 authors imagine their first theatre visit after the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. He is affiliated as a doctoral artistic researcher to KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts.


Concept & direction: David Weber-Krebs
Performance: May Abnet, Ashley Ho and Julie Mughunda in collaboration with Ezra Fieremans
Dramaturgy: Simone Basani
Sound composition: Pali Meursault
Light design: Pablo Fontdevila
Costume design: Aidan Abnet
Set design advice: Paola Villani
Technical direction: Pablo Fontdevila
Coaching of the performers: Isabelle Barth
Production: Infinite Endings
Co-production: Kaaitheater, New Theatre Institute of Latvia & Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (for ACT: Art, Climate, Transition), C-TAKT, BUDA, WpZimmer and Walpurgis
Supported by: Monty and Kunstenwerkplaats | funded by the Flemish authorities
Special thanks to: Q-O2, de School van Gaasbeek, Jonas Rutgeerts, Leonie Persyn, and Heike Langsdorf /radical_hope

Implemented as part of ACT: Art, Climate, Transition project. Supported by EU programme Creative Europe.

8, 9


18:00, 21:00

Dirty Deal Teatro

10 / 15 EUR

relaxed performance

in English

90 min

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