In “Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break” the Belgian performance artist Miet Warlop creates a modern, western version of the famous revolving dance of Sufi dervishes. In order to reach a state of religious ecstasy, the dervishes circle around their own body axis. In Miet Warlop’s choreography, three performers whirl in circles for three quarters of an hour, playing hypnotic rock music, singing. This becomes an experiment in perception: the mixture of Sufi dance, recitation and concert moves on a fine line between control and loss of control. The hand brake that gives the title, which no longer works, can be a classic motif for nightmares: not being able to stop, heading for a catastrophe. But it can also be a synonym for feeling free and moving forward without inhibitions.
“Every once in a while you can experience a performance reminiscent of a uniqueness often missed by so many others. Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break by Miet Warlop is one such anomaly. In experiencing this performance, something in your being is created and triggered, something that makes your heart beat just a bit faster – because you are not just a viewer, but also an active participant in its birth.” Evelyne Coussens – De Theaterkrant.nl – 26 October 2018