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Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Duration: 1h


In All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost explore freedom and lack of freedom with relation to technology. At the centre of the staging is the poem of the same name from 1967 by Richard Brautigan, in which the American author sings the praise of a dreamed ecology in which mammals and computers live together harmoniously.

In this performance Veldhuis and Provoost gauge the feasability of that vision. Today, machines, medicines, algorithms are founded on forms of technology which discipline and control rather than give us freedom. Do we live in a totally perverted realisation of Brautigan’s dream ? Or is the freedom he promises still possible ?

The performance navigates between utopia and scepticism, a high and sobering up. Get acquainted with a ‘cyber ecology’ in which the relationships between people, materials and apparatus are ambiguous. Do they live together in symbiosis or conflict ? The question is not if we are entangled but how we move within that entanglement, suffer and…dance. Just like in Indoor Weather, also on the programme of NEXT 2023, the complete theatre machinery is a living organism.

Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost have been making performances together at the intersection of performance and installation art since 2018.

With light shifts, sound snippets and silences, they compose ever-changing spaces. Performers sometimes remain completely absent, or are about to be absorbed by these environments. In that same twilight zone between presence and absence, non- or semi-human figures also pass by.

In the past years, they have created the performances Matisklo (2018), SUN-SET (2020) and Indoor Weather (2021) at Toneelhuis. Their new show All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace will premiere in October 2023.

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Concept, lighting and scenography: Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost Choreography: Nathan Ooms, Bosse Provoost, Ezra Veldhuis Performers: Estefanía Álvarez Ramírez, Jayson Batut, Nathan Ooms Costume design & objects: Carly Rae Heathcote Sound design: Benne Dousselaere Outside eye: Marc Vanrunxt Execution set: Sibran Sampers, Remco Wuyts Technical coordination: Wim Bernaers Internship dramaturgy: Cesar Vromman Production: Hiros Co-production: C-TAKT, NEXT Festival, auawirleben Festival, Kunstenwerkplaats, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, CAMPO, Perpodium, Kraagsteen With the support of: Kunstencentrum BUDA, De Grote Post, Le Bamp, STUK, Kunst/Werk, Stad Gent, the Flemish government, taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Ufund

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