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Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate

Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate is the second in a series of works around one of the most complex phenomena of the twenty-first century: the Western migration machine. In 2015, together with artist and scenographer Jozef Wouters, Thomas Bellinck created Simple as ABC#1: Man vs Machine, a short theatrical essay on surveillance technology. The next step, Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate, is a documentary musical theatre performance on digital migration management and the outsourcing of our discomfort with social selection. In making this piece, Bellinck engaged in countless discussions with border and data managers in control rooms and on the fringes of Project Europe.



Performance in English, surtitled in English, Dutch, French or Italian


10, 11, 12 & 13 May 2017


Past dates

25 & 26 May 2018

deSingel Antwerp (B)

3 April 2018

Friche La Belle de Mai Marseille (FR), Biennale des écritures du réel #4, presented by Théâtre La Cité

27 & 28 July 2017

Centrale Fies Dro (IT), Drodesera Festival

16 & 17 June 2017

Frascati Amsterdam (NL), Holland Festival

24, 25, 26 & 27 May 2017

Kaaitheater Brussels (B), Kunstenfestivaldesarts


Assistant costumes: Lila John Assistant set: Karolien Nuittens Composition: Joris Blanckaert Corrector English: Patrick Lennon Costume designer: An Breugelmans Dramaturgy: Sébastien Hendrickx, Esther Severi Image treatment: Bert Depuydt & Stijn Maes Lighting designer: Lucas Van Haesbroeck Music: SPECTRA Performers: Marjan De Schutter, Jeroen Van der Ven Production intern: Kristien Borgers Production manager: Celine van der Poel Props: Kristien Borgers, Tim Vanhentenryk, Maarten Wagemans Scenography: Jozef Wouters Set construction: Menno Vandevelde Sound technician: Yannick Willox Technical manager: Marie Vandecasteele Technique & surtitles: Britt De Jonghe Text & direction: Thomas Bellinck Translation French: Juliane Regler Translation Dutch: Lieve Dierckx & Wim Vermeylen Vocal coach: Laurence Servaes Production: ROBIN & OP.RECHT.MECHELEN Co-production: De Grote Post, NONA, Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, SPECTRA With the support of: The Flemish Government, KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent and The Flemish Community of Brussels



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