Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way

DIRECTION, COMPOSITION, INSTALLATION Maarten Seghers
FROM AND WITH Nicolas Field, Rombout Willems
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Morgane Benyamina
SOUND DESIGN Pierrick Drochmans
LIGHTING DESIGN Ken Hioco
PRODUCTION MANAGER Marjolein Demey
TECHNICAL SUPPORT Saul Mombaerts
IN COLLABORATION WITH Lot Lemm

PRODUCTION Needcompany
COPRODUCTION L’Auditori & Festival Grec de Barcelona, Malta Festival Poznań
WITH THE SUPPORT FROM Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius - Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

‘Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way’ is a portrait of a group of 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 Maarten Seghers and Rombout Willems as guitarists and singers and Nicolas Field on drums.

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 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.
 

"When on tour in Mexico I ran into a cactus. It was much bigger than me and had brown patches and lots of upright spines. The ground was hot beneath its feet and it was thirsty. It had stood there a long time and still had long to stand there. In front of it, and very close to it, a wall had been built a long time ago. The cactus grew straight through the wall. It was as if the wall wasn’t there. Or at least, it was as if, to the cactus, the wall did not signify an end.

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.’" Maarten Seghers

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DIRECTION, COMPOSITION, INSTALLATION Maarten Seghers
FROM AND WITH Nicolas Field, Rombout Willems
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Morgane Benyamina
SOUND DESIGN Pierrick Drochmans
LIGHTING DESIGN Ken Hioco
PRODUCTION MANAGER Marjolein Demey
TECHNICAL SUPPORT Saul Mombaerts
IN COLLABORATION WITH Lot Lemm

PRODUCTION Needcompany
COPRODUCTION L’Auditori & Festival Grec de Barcelona, Malta Festival Poznań
WITH THE SUPPORT FROM Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius - Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

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