Red Herring

On 29 March in Španski Borci!

Diederik Peeters is afraid. He has a morbid fear of germs and contamination, is terrified of heights, or scared of ghosts and conspiracies. He suffers from severe paranoia, and is tormented –last but not least– by the holy terror of failing. Behind his back a mysterious cook appears that is pulling the auditory strings that this grotesque and anxious chicken is so eagerly trying to escape.

In ’Red Herring’ Peeters presents a series of half-abstract and semi-mental scenes, loosely inspired by the comical potential of irrational and other fears. Drenched in cold sweat he tries to overcome the ridiculousness of his obsessional and paranoid traits.

Sound is his biggest adversary: because even though he is alone on stage, in this performance sound is used (and abused) to the extent that it imposes itself as a character. A duet for performer and soundtrack in short, disguised as a solo, that tries to find out whether old master Buñuel was right when he stated that ’sound stimulates the imagination more than image’...
PS. A ’Red Herring’ is known to be a distraction, a false clue that is only meant to put you on the wrong track.

’(…) Pastiches of horror films, absurd stories and thoughts about his intentions with this piece are all intertwined. It’s as if six different movies are running at the same time here. It’s extremely hilarious, and the execution is tremendously convincing. Yet, it’s more than just non-committal slapstick. In its own very funny way ’Red Herring’ offers a striking picture of the contemporary confusion that you experience in a world that is persistently bombarding you with stimuli without beginning, end or cohesion.’
-Pieter T’Jonck, De Morgen, 15/11/2011

Brought to Ljubljana within Import-Export programme by EN-KNAP Productions that brings acclaimed international productions of performing arts to Ljubljana on a monthly basis.

The performance by Diederik Peeters
music & sound Lieven Dousselaere
set Sarah & Charles
light Henri-Emmanuel Doublier – assistant light Ivan Fatjo
costume Christoph Hefti & Carmel Peritore
reflectors Bill Aitchison & Philippe
production Management Rina Govers
production SPIN
co-production Beursschouwburg, Kunstencentrum BUDA
in collaboration with Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, STUK Kunstencentrum, Kunstencentrum Vooruit and Four Days Association, Prague (CZ)
supported by the Flemish Government and the Flemish Community Commission