RHIZOME

The earth is exhausted. It is time for us to reconsider our way of life and change how we act. In order to do so, we must challenge our fundamental ideologies and value systems. How do we do that? How do we install a radically different imagination on the positioning of humankind in the world?

RHIZOME is a nomadic work of art, a work-in-progress, which takes us to various deserted and overgrown industrial sites across Europe. From these ruins, we see remnants of times passed, but also the convergence of “nature” and “culture” – a glimpse of a possible future. Inspired by the fierce life force we find in these post-capitalist places, we look for a new and different conversation with the people and things around us. What if we realize that we exist in the world and do not rule the world?

RIZOOM invites you to search for all the relationships that shape and surround you. At the post-capitalist ruins we will work with a diverse group of people (a farmer, teacher, bank manager, florist, artist, politician…) and let ourselves get inspired by the animals, things, plants and microbes that we encounter within the overgrown and crumbling man-made structures.
Using an Interactive Exhibition and a Wander, you will be taken into a challenging thought game and seduced to other ways of relating and experiencing. After the wander we serve a rich soup, full of weeds and wild roots. We will end with a Conversation.

Starting Spring 2022 we will travel to festivals, theatres and museums across Europe. At every location we collaborate with the animals, things, plants and microbes that are encountered and engage the participating audience in the process via driftage and conversation. In this way, we are able to put rhizomatic thinking and speaking into practice and set existing relationships in motion.

“We need to think, think, think”, Rosi Braidotti said in one of her lectures, in answer to the question “what should we use theatrical space for today?” RHIZOME offers exactly that: space to think, to reflect and think back, but above all to think with plants, animals, things, microbes and our own bodies.

Premiere 20 November 2021, on the site of a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen) during Jonge Harten Festival 

Concept & Development Lotte van den Berg and Daan ’t Sas in collaboration with Zephyr Brüggen, Sophie Valérie Janssen, Jakob Proyer, Flavia Pinheiro and others.


Skiantos, Italy 2012
Thomas Jorion

Sign up for a try-out:

Thu 28 October 2021
13:00-17:00

Try-out RIZHOME – Ter Apel (Groningen)

#TerApel
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel
The Netherlands

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). We will be holding try-outs on several days in October and November and we invite you to join us!

Each day, 10 participants can participate in the try-out. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to rizoom@buildingconversation.nl. Please include your name and phone number in the email.

Fri 5 November 2021
13:00-17:00

Try-out RIZHOME – Ter Apel (Groningen)

#TerApel
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel
The Netherlands

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). We will be holding try-outs on several days in October and November and we invite you to join us!

Each day, 10 participants can participate in the try-out. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to rizoom@buildingconversation.nl. Please include your name and phone number in the email.

Sat 6 November 2021
13:00-17:00

Try-out RIZHOME – Ter Apel (Groningen)

#TerApel
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel
The Netherlands

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). We will be holding try-outs on several days in October and November and we invite you to join us!

Each day, 10 participants can participate in the try-out. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to rizoom@buildingconversation.nl. Please include your name and phone number in the email.

Sun 7 November 2021
13:00-17:00

Try-out RIZHOME – Ter Apel (Groningen)

#TerApel
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel
The Netherlands

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). We will be holding try-outs on several days in October and November and we invite you to join us!

Each day, 10 participants can participate in the try-out. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to rizoom@buildingconversation.nl. Please include your name and phone number in the email.

Sat 20 November 2021
11:00 - 12:30 - 14:00 -15:30

Premiere RIZHOME – Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen

#TerApel #JongeHartenTheaterF...
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). Here, RHIZOME will premiere during Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen.

You can come to Ter Apel on your own, or take a bus from the festival to Ter Apel for free.

Sun 21 November 2021
11:00 - 12:30 - 14:00 -15:30

RIZHOME – Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen

#TerApel #JongeHartenTheaterF...
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). Here, RHIZOME will premiere during Jonge Harten Theaterfestival.

You can come to Ter Apel on your own, or take a bus from the festival to Ter Apel for free.

Mon 22 November 2021
11:00 - 12:30 - 14:00 -15:30

RIZHOME – Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen

#TerApel #JongeHartenTheaterF...
Ruiten A Kanaal Zuid 27
9561 TG Ter Apel

The first place we visit with RHIZOME is a former starch factory in Ter Apel (Groningen). Here, RHIZOME will premiere during Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen.

You can come to Ter Apel on your own, or take a bus from the festival to Ter Apel for free.


PRACTICAL INFO
Duration 2,5 hours per group.
Capacity starting at 100 people (divided into groups).
Language depending on where we are.

‘Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, sounds, and shapes of an animate earth — our eyes have evolved in subtle interaction with other eyes, as our ears are attuned by their very structure to the howling of wolves and the honking of geese. To shut ourselves off from these other voices, to continue by our lifestyles to condemn these other sensibilities to the oblivion of extinction, is to rob our own senses of their integrity, and to rob our minds of their coherence. We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human.’ (Abram, 1997)