Are we not drawn onward to new erA

Music theatre
“Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)

Are our actions irreversible or can we undo them?

You will be able to see the show forwards and backwards. Some of us believe humanity is improving, others think the opposite. Some say everything is screwed up, others call them doomsters.
Whoever is right, our incessant quest for progress has radically changed the world we live in.

The performance presents a visual metaphor for this crucial moment in our future history and traces the process of humans moving towards their downfall or salvation. The deconstruction of a tangible reality alters in its reconstruction.
The 'Disintegration Loops' by the New York based composer William Basinski constitute a sounding counterpart. In this piece — in a new adaptation by Joris Blanckaert — a crumb of information gets lost with every deteriorating iteration.

“This is one of the most beautiful performances ever made by Ontroerend Goed, balancing between fine arts and theater, poetry and politics.”
– Els Van Steenberghe in Knack ★★★★

Programme & credits


William Basinski (°1958, VS)
The disintegration Loops (2002)

arrangement (2015) door Joris Blanckaert (°1976)


Angelo Tijssens, Charlotte De Bruyne, Jonas Vermeulen, Karolien De Bleser, Maria Dafneros & Vincent Dunoyer

Jan Martens

Philip Aguirre

Alexander Devriendt

William Basinski (°1958) - Joris Blanckaert (°1978)
Disintegration Loops (2003 - adaptatie 2015)

Performed by

Light, video & sound
Jeroen Wuyts & Babette Poncelet

Ontroerend Goed

SPECTRA, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Adelaide Festival & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.


Saturday 02 February 2019, 20:15
Den Haag (NL), Schouwburg
Tuesday 02 April 2019, 20:00
Leuven, Stadsschouwburg
Friday 13 May 2022, 20:00
Evreux (FR), Le trangram
(muziek op tape)
Saturday 14 May 2022, 20:00
Evreux (FR), Le trangram
(muziek op tape)