Espen Hjort / Theater Utrecht
Zwarte Lente ('Black Spring') was created in 2020. A piece that integrates text, movement and music in a total composition.
Zwarte Lente engages with ecology and the emotional and spiritual consequences of the current destruction of nature. It departs from the suggestion that we human beings are in a relational crisis with nature - or perhaps more like a break-up. Inspired by ecofeminism and sexual ecology, the work suggests that our relationship to nature is not that of a child towards a parent, but more of a relationship between lovers. In which there are actual consequences, and breaking up is an actual possibility.
The staging took place in a set created as a reflection on the empty space, using rusted metal plates as the ground on which we live.
The fantasy about a disappearing nature was the initial spark for Zwarte Lente. The environment is part of who we are. What happens if we cause so much damage that it disappears, like a lover disappearing in the night?
Directed & written by: Espen Hjort
Performed by: Mees Borgman, Dries de Sutter & Marko Ivic
Music by: Marko Ivic
Stage design by: Grischa Runge
Costume design by: Esmee Thomassen
Dramaturgy by: Joris van der Meer
Directors assistance by: Erasmus Mackenna