Reverse | PERFORMANCE/IN-SITU — In this audio walk, the spectators are invited to let go of their everyday habits and submit to a different way of moving: walking backwards. During the walk, a visual and audio composition unfolds, contributing to a completely new physical experience, in which looking forwards makes way for looking back, and focussing on goals gives way for the unexpected.

This ensures that other senses are appealed to and challenged. The viewer’s attention and consciousness lose their focus, and so their familiar footholds. The images that form on the periphery (unexpected new elements appear from the sides) assist in this de-focussing. 

Reverse therefore does the opposite of Bellinkx’s previous work, Framing: it de-frames and de-fragments. The field of vision becomes wide-screen. The spectator is confronted by his inability to focus on everything and maintain an overview.

It takes a lot of concentration to be led by the auditory, the tactile and the sensory. This forces the spectators to be present in their bodies in a completely different way. 

In many Eastern and African cultures, there is no ‘past’ or ‘future’: a principle that replaces the linear, Western concept of time with simultaneity. What would our existence mean without the goal we constantly take as our measure – if past, present and future made up a single entity?

Credits
Concept: Johannes Bellinkx

Composition: Dennis Van Tilburg

Production: SoAP (Maastricht, NL)

Made possible thanks to the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Stichting NDSM, Over het IJ festival and Das Theatre

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