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$20 general public (suggested)
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This stunning work of theater considers our current societal moment and—through an unforgettable feat of staging—asks whether humanity is doomed or destined for salvation.
With a punning name that roughly translates as “feel estate,” Belgian ensemble Ontroerend Goed ingeniously combines physical theater, video, and scenic design into a magical multimedia experience. Like its palindrome of a title, Are we not drawn onward to new erA unfolds in a sequence that appears the same going forward as it does backward, but here meanings change as we’re transformed by the journey. Traveling from the time of Adam and Eve to the apocalyptic future and back again, the ensemble portrays a world forever altered by our quest for progress while questioning if our actions are reversible—or if we’ve gone past the point of no return.
Are we advancing, or is humanity headed the wrong way? This powerful work explores both scenarios while probing something deeper. Composer William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops—music made from deteriorating magnetic tapes and completed on the morning of September 11, 2001—provides an appropriate sonic backdrop to this gripping theatrical event.
The Ontroerend Goed website
“Are We Not Drawn Onward to New ErA review – palindromic drama of dazzling proportions,” Mark Fisher, Guardian (UK)
Ontroerend Goed, Are we not drawn onward to new erA, photo: Miriam Devriendt.
Guided by artistic director Alexander Devriendt, Ontroerend Goed is a collective that’s convinced every idea deserves its own brand of artistic expression. Accordingly, the company embraces a sense of ownership for the work of every single contributor, from actors and light designers to scenographers and conceptual thinkers. Ontroerend Goed first appeared on the international scene in 2007 with The Smile Off Your Face, a one-on-one show in which the audience is tied to a wheelchair and then blindfolded. Their devised theatrical works have toured to New York, Sydney, London, and Seattle, earning accolades and acclaim along the way.
Copresented by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
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