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By and with: Jovial Mbenga & Benno Steinegger
Co-director: Gaia Saitta
Dramaturge: Lara Staal
Outside eye: Joëlle Sambi Nzeba
Technical Direction&Lights: Valeria Foti
Collaboration for research: Costanza Lanzara (University of Florence-cultural anthropology)
Other outside eyes: Pol Heyvaert (artistic collaborator at CAMPO), Simon Baetens (dramaturge at workspacebrussels) and Van Herreweghe (dramaturge, theatre maker and former curator of Theater Aan Zee)
Artistic Coordinator: Elke De Coker (Workspacebrussels)
Financial coordination: Valérie Wolters (Workspacebrussels)
Co-produced by: workspacebrussels, KAAP, Garage 29
With the support of: Campo, wpZimmer, Codice Ivan, KLm / Kinkaleri and De Vlaamse Overheid & De Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Sustained by WIPCOOP / Mestizo Arts Platform
The Chance to Find Yourself arose from the genuine curiosity of two theatre-makers to understand each other more clearly. Benno Steinegger and Jovial Mbenga come from different cultural and economic backgrounds: one is from Italy, the other from Congo. Today, they both live and work in Brussels.
What started out as a theatrical adaptation of the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, soon became a performance about the encounter between two people, their differences and commonalities. The theatre makers were confronted with each other's ignorance, latent discriminatory behaviour and numerous (un)conscious thoughts that influence their daily lives. Eventually, the process itself became the result: a playful theatrical peek behind the curtain of a friendship and collaboration with many ups and downs. How close can we really get to the other? What role does our perception play in all this? Steinegger and Mbenga approach these questions with bold humor and abstract imagination.