Welcome to the ‘new look’ Festival De Keuze. After 23 years of varying versions of De Keuze emanating from the illustrious Rotterdamse Schouwburg, the new ‘Keuze’ is now setting out to re-configure itself to anno 2013. What we’re looking for is, to put it simply, more of a dialogue.
Of course it’s meant to be a dialogue. The audience is made up of a couple of hundred homo sapiens, a 3 million year old survivor-observer species, now sitting on the evolutionary throne since a few thousand years. The King is in the audience! Our sometimes-complex human mixture of cruelty and kindness is the basis not just for many a great performance, but also provide the emotional and practical foundations of those that watch and listen.
Part of the trick of us being us, is that we have super-developed our imaginations. As Iggy Pop once famously pointed out, our success as a species has much to do with our ability “first to imagine something, and then our subsequent ability to set about turning it into reality”. A cat may dream about being able to fly to catch a bird, but it’s still good old homo sapiens that ends up building jet planes.
So, welcome to this feast of modern theatre from around the world, in the words of the legendary Oscar Wilde “the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another, the sense of what it is to be a human being”. Looking forward to seeing you here in September!
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