Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
© Fritz Welch

A concert-performance by Maarten Seghers
in collaboration with
Nicolas Field and Rombout Willems.

Tax Shelter financing:
Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius
Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

A Needcompany production.
Coproduction: L’Auditori & Festival Grec de Barcelona, Malta Festival Poznań.
Produced with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities.

‘Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way’ is a portrait of a group of decadent Western artists who run endlessly onward. It is unclear whether they are fleeing from all the misery in the world that is not theirs, or racing towards it. This performance is a pressure cooker bursting with boundless effort, which leads to an exuberant optimism that has lost all sense of direction.

The ‘Band Facing the Wrong Way’ consists of Rombout Willems on guitar, Nicolas Field on drums and Maarten Seghers as singer and background dancer.

The effort made to communicate in this concert is boundless, but wrongly directed. Something is shouted that is entirely audible but not necessarily comprehensible. ‘Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way’ is a concert-performance about effort. About the effort it takes.

The lightning-fast composition and the choreography for men storming endlessly onward: their sounds, light and gestures reverberate off the rear wall of the theatre. This reverberation of effort becomes the tragedy in itself.

The ‘Band Facing the Wrong Way’ ignores the wall of the theatre against which it is bellowing. It sings past the wall. Or else it gets through it. Or else the wall moves aside. Or not, and everyone and everything crashes into it. What counts is the effort it takes.

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A concert-performance by Maarten Seghers
in collaboration with
Nicolas Field and Rombout Willems.

Tax Shelter financing:
Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius
Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

A Needcompany production.
Coproduction: L’Auditori & Festival Grec de Barcelona, Malta Festival Poznań.
Produced with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities.

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July 2018
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