Nothing Can Surprise Us

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‘When is the lift off? ‘You are already underway!’ Solaris

Nothing Can Surprise Us is a performance about preparing for the future. On stage, a small crew is filming a catastrophe survival scene. But the scene gets constantly interrupted by scenes from other films. Where these other films come from and why remains a mystery. As they try to make sense of what is going on, the catastrophe they rehearsed seems to have come true already. Nothing Can Surprise Us is a self fulfilling prophecy: it plays with strategies of fictionalising one’s life and how these scenarios become real through the process of rehearsing them. A performance with movement, film, video, music and (a bit of) text.

Nothing Can Surprise Us, 2008. photo by Anna van Kooij

The initial idea comes from the so called Nothing Can Surprise Us-days that used to take place once a year in former Yugoslavia. On that day, the entire country would rehearse a situation of nationwide catastrophy. Rehearsing a catastrophy turned the country into a big playground. When the war really started, however, no one really knew what to do.

Based on the scenes from the following movies: Das Boot by Wolfgang Petersen, Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky, Birds by Alfred Hitchcock


concept & choreography Andrea Božić in collaboration with video & concept Julia Willms music Robert Pravda performers Guillem Mont de Palol, Hendrik de Smedt, Sarah Vanhee dramaturgical advice Bram de Sutter light design Paul Schimmel costume Nathalie Pravda photo's Anna van Kooij

A Frascati production made possible by the financial contribution from the NFPK+ and AFK. In co-production with Sophiensaele, Berlin. Supported by L’animal a l’esquena, Girona and Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in the framework of Expedition, Paris