Mystery Magnet is an absurd and magical show in continual transformation, where nothing is what it seems. It portrays contemporary surrealism, an experimental terrain where outlandish tenderness, desensitised cruelty, brilliant promises and an unstoppable destruction all share the same space. The observer steps inside Warlop’s mind, and what do they see?
Hairy beings, a choir of mannequins, gravitational darts, balloons, horse-women, people rushing off and an inflatable shark. Figures with no apparent connection and sculptures that reclaim their place as theatrical creatures.
“Mystery Magnet depicts an enchanted world where humour is born of sadness and magic of the prosaic”, says Warlop.
A universe inspired by comics and pictorial action, with the aim of developing an endless battle of materials, shapes and colours.
The result is a succession of scenes that are woven without any apparent logic, seeking to surprise the observer and to bring them, along with the actors, to the very limits of the imaginable.
Duration: 1 h
Made & performed by: Wietse Tanghe, Sofie Durnez, Kristof Coenen, Miet Warlop, Christian Bakalov, Laura Vanborm, Ian Gyselinck
Replacements by: Harold Henning, Seppe Cosyns, Seppe Baeyens, Ondrej Vidlar, Artemis Stavridi, Fernando Belfiore, Gilad Zloto Ben Ari, Erik Nevin and Paola Zampierolo
Set design: Miet Warlop
Music: Stefaan Van Leuven and Stephan De Waele
Engeneering: Hugh Roche Kelly, Helmi Demeulemeester, Matthieu Vergez, Mathias Batsleer, Bart Van Belleghem, Bennert Vancottem
Production: Elke Vanlerberghe
Original Producer: CAMPO
Executive Producer: Irene Wool
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Project in coproduction with NXTSTP)
With the support of: The Culture Programme of the European Union
With the assistance of: Vooruit Art Centre (Ghent)
Outside Eye: Danai Anesiadou
Thanks to: Nicolas Provost, Katrien de Keukeleere, Pol Heyvaert, Jonathan de Roo, Jonas Feys, Philip Franchitti, Philippe Riera, Silke Sintobin, Barbara Vackier, Stijn Van Buggenhout, Lies Vanborm & Geert Viaene / AMOTEC