Hannes Dereere & Silke Huysmans, Mining Stories

31/08/2017 - 31/08/2017

On the 5th of November 2015, a dam containing toxic mining waste collapsed in the mountains of the Brazilian mining region Minas Gerais. A devastating flood of mud destroyed several villages before flowing into the four hundred miles long river Rio
Doce. In a region where more than three out of four people work in the mining industry, the disaster resembled a complete tabula rasa.

Silke Huysmans grew up in Minas Gerais, a few miles away from the place where the disaster occurred. Twenty years later, she returned to Brazil for the first time with Hannes Dereere in order to talk to people affected by the incident and get a grip on its
immense consequences. Back in Europe, they broadened their view on the event through interviews with economist Paul De Grauwe and neurologist Luc Crevits, amongst others.

Each of them tells the story of the disaster from their own context, with their own nuances and points of interest. The documentary theatre performance ‘Mining Stories’ is not a detective story or a reconstruction of the disaster, but an intriguing journey through a diverse collection of personal stories crossing topics such as memory, politics, religion, and storytelling.



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duur: 60 min.
taal: EN gesproken

creatie Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere | performance Silke Huysmans | dramaturgisch advies Dries Douibi | techniek Christoph Donse | decor Frédéric Aelterman & Luc Cools | portugese transcriptie Luanda Casella & Miguel Cipriano | productie Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Bâtard Festival | coproductie KAAP | met de steun van Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Sabam For Culture | met dank aan alle gesprekspartners

As part of het Theaterfestival: https://www.theaterfestival.be/ / Circuit X

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