CHANGE THE GAME by K&A, tells the story of a pawn who discovers and diffuses a classified tape of a high positioned politician-tower. It tells the story of a newly arrived piece from another board game that tries to find her way to adapt to the new game rules. It tells the story of a tower who rises to power, taking advantage of anyone and anything. It tells the story of the bishops who try to escape determinism and reinsert randomness into the game and their lives. Welcome to New Ebony; the city where chess rules.
CHANGE THE GAME is an edgy multidisciplinary physical performance that underlines the political and poetical frames of our society: determinism, social class, migration and citizenship. This performance is based on the successful comic Un monde en pièces from Gaspard & Ulysse Gry.
“What if our society was a gigantic chessboard, with a king, rebellious pawns, and “Checkers”, migrating from another board game, threatened with expulsion? Between manipulation, corruption, fear of migrants and the rise of totalitarianism, this political thriller sketches the current events of a society caught up in the spiral of a destructive game.” Gaspard & Ulysse Gry
K&A plays with music, text binaural recording, chess-masks, IT design and collaborates with nine international performers in order to transform this 2D reading experience into a “total-experience” on stage. The audience follows speeches, meetings and dialogues via headphones - even the hidden inner thoughts of the characters. They receive messages on their phones through a tailor made application and can follow the characters behind the scenes through security cameras. With this daring staging the audience is dropped in the middle of New Ebony.
This project is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL
and by the Performing Arts Fund NL
, FONDS21, Lira fonds, Dioraphte, Nicati-De Lune, Vfonds
Direction & adaptation: K&A (Karla Isidorou & Alexandra Bellon)
after the comic Un monde en pièce from Gaspard & Ulysse Gry
Translation: Martin de Haan
Binaural recording, research & mix: David Poissonnier
Music composition & execution: Alexandra Bellon
Rap (text & voice): Gerindo Kartadinata
Mix Club: DJ Skillz
Graphic design: Gaspard & Ulysse Gry
Masker design & costume advise: Sofya Samareva
Research & development digital platform: Clever Net Systems, Antoine Hordez.
Alkis Barbas, Alexandra Bellon, Gillis Biesheuvel, Onno Dirker, Karla Isidorou, Gerindo Kartadinata, Gina-Alina Patilea, Hanne Struyf, Fenna Schoren.
Annelie Koning, Chris Kijne, Gerindo Kartadinata, Gillis Biesheuvel, Hanne Struyf, Ioana Tudor, Jibbe Willems, Justin Samgar, Joshua Albano, Kees van Leeuwen, Lard Adrian, Laurien van Rijswijk, Leon Kribbeler, Marjan van Giel, Onno Dirker, Sophie Derkzen.
Production support: Monique in het Veld
Co-production: Theater Ins Blau
Special thanks to: Kees van Leeuwen & Stéphanie Kersbergen
CHAME THE GAME is a co-production of K&A & Theater Ins Blau and is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Performing Arts Fund NL, Lira Fonds, Vfonds, Stichting Dioraphte, FONDS21.
© Foto: Maarten Verbaarschot, Bewerking: K&A, Tekening: Ulysse Gry, Pion: Gerindo Kartadinata