In 2018 we were asked by Alexandra Broeder and Willemijn Zevenhuijzen to create a scent for their installation Solaris. The participatory installation piece invited people into a dark space. They were asked to sit down on the soft floor and put on a headphone. The scent we designed was aimed to give people a sense of place. They were transported into a space underground. A moist cellar.
Fragrance is an interesting thing to work with. Especially during this project, that played with participants sense of place and disorientation. We started the development for the fragrance quite late in the process, and Alexandra and Willemijn had a clear sense of what they wanted. When you are invited to join a piece that is conceptually finished, it’s important to gently add another layer and help people realize their vision. By using a small scent-machine with a fragrance we developed, we were able to do just that.
Block Box | Prism
Atlantis, Shangri-La, Arcadia. But also Utopia, The Garden of Eden, Land of Plenty: there are many dream worlds besides everyday reality. Solaris is one such parallel universe. To get there, you have to step through a doorway. That’s right, that one, there. Away from the hustle and bustle in the square. Those who enter the space will connect their subconscious with the mysterious parallel reality that answers to the name Solaris. An intimate installation by theatre makers Alexandra Broeder and Willemijn Zevenhuijzen, both repeat offenders when it comes to creating confusion.
This show will play continuously between 13.00 and 23.30 and is free of charge between 13.00 and 14.00. Ticket sales are at the central Block Box counter, where a passe-partout can also be bought for the other two Block Box shows.
concept: Alexandra Broeder and Willemijn Zevenhuijzen
text: Alexandra Broeder and Haruki Murakami
sound design: Wessel Schrik
voice: Olivia Disse
technical producer: Tom IJpelaar
productie: Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Theaterfestival Boulevard
Thanks to Ika Schwander, de Bascule, theater Frascati and Theun Mosk
The Block Box is made possible thanks to a contribution from Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
“The pleasantly chaotic atmosphere on the festival grounds of the Paradeplein in Den Bosch is reminiscent of the sister festival De Parade. In Den Bosch, the number of “tent performances” is lower, but the bar is higher due to the stricter selection
This year, Theun Moskk’s block box catches the eye. Theater designer Mosk was asked to build three rooms in which three theater makers will perform a short performance. The construction, which looks like a piece of contemporary art on a circus site, symbolizes the various poles between which the festival navigates so skilfully: a lot of sophisticated art within a broad public festival.
The performances in the Block Box do justice to the implicit promise from the outside: fascinating work on a high level of abstraction with ample room for personal interpretation.
The absence of human bodies also applies to Solaris by Alexandra Broeder and Willemijn Zevenhuizen is crucial. As the light slowly dims, you are listening to a girl of about fifteen who tells you that this is a room where she often escapes reality. The work raises interesting questions about identity: If we get out of the world as we know it, are we still the same person? Do we have a nucleus or just a collection of masks? What is an authentic encounter?”