DYING TOGETHER is a physical, interactive performance in which performers, together with participating audience, examine and interpret instances of collective dying. A reflection of contemporary events where large groups of people, species and even ecosystems collectively experience death. The production gained momentum over recent years and took place in numerous cities across Europe, culminating with an unforeseen third production last Autumn 2020 titled DYING TOGETHER / Futures – a theme dedicated to the impact of Covid 19.
DYING TOGETHER / Futures pandemic theme focuses on how we are not only experiencing loss of human and animal life but where our vision of the future is also dying. A pre-occupation with the immediate threat of the virus to our personal health has led us to deviate away from other pressing global issues such as climate change which also significantly impacts our future. The performance invites a group of 25 people to reflect on current events, working with a flexible script which closely follows the most recent developments and updates accordingly.
This intense, thought-provoking experience creates great awareness of the many connections and alliances that exist between us as humans. By observing the effects of the pandemic on the past, present and future in this way we can gain real insight into how moments of collective death help shape the relationships we have with one another during life.
DYING TOGETHER / Futures premiered on 2 September 2020 at Frascati, The Netherlands.
DYING TOGETHER / Humans looks at the relationship between individuals and explores the value we assign to the life, and death, of people in different parts of the world. How much do we value the death of someone killed in a Paris attack, and how much that of someone who drowns when a boat capsizes in the Mediterranean? Can looking at these moments of collective death offer us fresh insights on how we live together?
DYING TOGETHER / Humans premiered on 11 October 2018 at Theater Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
DYING TOGETHER / Earth is about the relationship between humans, animals and plants and explores how we value the life and the death, of all living creatures on earth. We pay attention to the extinction of large and small ecosystems in different parts of the world. And also ask ourselves whether, by looking at how we die together, we might gain new insights on how we live together.
DYING TOGETHER / Earth premiered on 4 October 2019 at Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany.
For the participating public, these are intense evenings in which individual and collective dealing with poignant situations are questioned.
We wanted to create a space for these experiences and in 2019 we started building an archive, which now contains around two thousand handwritten reflections from participants. A work in itself, in which the experiences of the participating public are central: Archive of Reflections
DYING TOGETHER / Humans – audience response
Interview with Lotte van den Berg about DYING TOGETHER
The three parts of DYING TOGETHER are identical in scenography and structure. The performances can be programmed as consecutive evenings and separately from each other.
Duration 120 minutes, including a prologue, an epilogue, and the possibility to have an after talk.
Capacity depending on the space and Covid-19 measures DYING TOGETHER / Futures can be performed with 25 people. The other two parts can be performed with 30 -200 people.
Language English with the option of surtitles.
c: Kris Dewitte
Concept & direction Lotte van den Berg (performer)
In collaboration with Floor van Leeuwen (performer), Matteo Bifulco (performer), Nahuel Cano (performer), Salomé Mooij (performer), Polly Lapkovskaya (composition), Vinny Jones & Breg
Horemans (light & stage set), Tobias Staab (dramaturg), Jakob Proyer (performer en production), Dries Himpe (technical director), Julien McHardy (research)