FFF | Web of Trust

Edit Kaldor

Fast Forward Festival 3

29-30 MAY 2016
Upper Stage
The performance is in English.
How many clicks, tweets and likes are needed for an uprising? The Internet, social media and digital tools are utilized in the wired performance of Edit Kaldor, one of the most innovative directors of the contemporary scene.
Full price: 10 €
Reduced-Unemployed: 5 €
People with disabilities - Companions: 5 €
‘It doesn’t look like theatre, but it is. Indeed, it is the best kind of theatre that exists’, as one writer has described the work Hungarian director Edit Kaldor (b. 1969). Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage’, Kaldor seems to counter-propose ‘all cyberspace is a stage’. Born in Budapest, raised in the USA, and based in Amsterdam, the internationally acclaimed and pioneering director makes use of the Internet’s cosmopolitanism, the real-time deterritorialized interactions of social networks and the mass democracy of cyberspace.

Web of Trust is a networked theatre performance that brings the internet, and more specifically, a new social media platform into the theatre, and uses it as its stage. A group of disparate people have been driven together by their growing discontent to unite online and to articulate ideas for a different society. The work deals with the act of formulating and negotiating ideals, with the relationship of words to actions, and of the individual to the collective.

Web of Trust builds on the experiences of the long term theatre and research project Inventory of Powerlessness that marked her debut in Greece in November 2015 at Transitions Festival: 3 / Central Europe through an invitation from the Onassis Cultural Centre. This project was initiated by Edit Kaldor in 2012 and has since then been developed in close collaboration with a few hundred participants in different cities in Europe. In a collective setting they map the connections between the different forms of individual powerlessness, that provide the content of a digital database, revealing a complex portrait of the distress, anxiety and strength.

The formal language of Web of Trust, however, more closely echoes Or Press Escape, Kaldor’s performance from 2003. Just like the earlier piece, it focuses on the metaphoric potential of daily computer use, highlights its theatrical qualities, and uses the computer screen to zoom in on and engage with the thinking process that lurks behind ideas and actions.

Web of Trust will open at the Onassis Cultural Centre just a few days after its world premiere at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels.


Made by: Edit Kaldor
In collaboration with: Gigi Argyropoulou, Bojan Djordjev, Lisa Skwirblies, Jurrien van Rheenen, Rufino Henricus, Martin Kaffarnik, Joris Fauvie, Nicola Unger, Nele Beinborn, Velvet Leigh, Tirza Gevers, Giorgi M., Oleg Myrzak, Aleksandra Jarocka, Silja Korn, Abdi Toufali, Jana Mendelski, Richard Djif, Rodrigue Peguy, Michel Bezem, Ivo de Kler, Leo Westra, Meike Jansen, Corine Marseille, Gerard Smets, Katharina Rösch, Emma Berentsen, Kobbe Koopman, Alexander Nagel, Arved Schultze, Dries Douibi, Isobel Drybourg, Hannah Woods, Sylvain Vriens and many others
Produced by: Edit Kaldor/Stichting Kata (Amsterdam)
Co-produced by: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Dublin Theatre Festival, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), SPRING Festival (Utrecht), Vooruit (Ghent), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinatti), Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Supported by: NXTSTP network, City of Amsterdam, Performing Arts Fund Netherlands, Open Latitudes  network

Premiere: May 2016, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels

Sunday 29 May
After performance talk with Edit Kaldor
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens

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