CC Amstel, de Theaterzaal
We watched films and questioned how they affect us. Now we'll show you how it's done.
Through live filmed film-scenes filmmaker Kiriko Mechanicus and theatre maker Just van Bommel dismantle the creation of drama and narrative.
If cinema is the illusion we aspire to live, to what extent can we recreate this fantasy in real life? How can we distinguish our feelings from the ones we see in film. Can they be considered one and the same? This performance questions the authenticity of how we express ourselves. Have we learned to fall in love as we’ve seen on the big screen? Do we cry in the same way as actors do?
Do we copy drama, or does drama copy us?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTY will leave you dazzled, will make you cry. You’ll be amazed! Just like in the movies.
JUST VAN BOMMEL (1999)
was born and raised in Groningen and travelled all the way across the country to study Performance at Toneelacademie Maastricht (graduating this year). Now he’s creating widely diverse pieces of work that vary from video art about a fear of death to glamorous performances about losing a lover. The personal is always the starting point, magnifying this until it becomes extreme, theatrically universal, is often the end result.
KIRIKO MECHANICUS (1995)
is documentary filmmaker and writer. She creates stories about all things that people put in their mouths (words, tomatoes, body parts etc.). Her work often deals with the theatricality of life. Apart from making movies and stories, Kiriko is also a fashion photographer, podcast-maker, inventor of new recipes, culinary historian, a great admirer of beautiful bouquets, and is happiest when all these elements come together in unity of place and time.
Performance: Just van Bommel and Kiriko Mechanicus
Technical support: Reinier van Brummelen
Music: Schubert Impromptus No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, D.
Poster Design: Hannes Schievink
Poster Photography: Lisa Schamlé
Barbra’s Costume: Charlotte Verweij
Grand Theatre Groningen,
Amsterdam Fringe Festival,
Milan van der Zwaan,
Quirine Racke & Helena Muskens,
Guusje van Vliet,
René van Bommel,
Willem van Rossum,
Annemiek van de Zanden,
Woody Richardson Laurens,
Coosje, Anne & Titus,
Tanja Meurs & Sietze Boer,
Terts van Bommel,
Sterre van Bommel,
Flint van Bommel,
Francis Ford Coppola,
and Federico Fellini.