UK Premiere

Miet Warlop (Ghent)

Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut London

45 mins

In Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break, Warlop works with the idea of a western version of the whirling dance known from Sufi dervishes. Three performers spin in a circle for 45 minutes – a movement that in Sufi ceremonies is meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy. Keeping with Miet Warlop’s style, the whirling is enriched by making music. It becomes an experiment in perception, a dizzy feeling, a reflection on the spirit of our time. The mixture of whirling dance, recitation and concert moves on the thin line between self-control and loss of control. How can we find a balance between self-control and devotion? What shape are the spirits that write the story of our life?

Concept and direction – Miet Warlop
Music and performance – Pieter De Meester, Wietse Tanghe, Joppe Tanghe, Miet Warlop, Midas Heuvinck
Lyrics – Raimundas Malasauskas, Miet Warlop, Pieter De Meester
Technique and production – Niels Antonissen, Mathias Batsleer, Arno Truyens
Sound Engineer – Bart Van Hoydonck
Light Design – Henri Emmanuel Doublier
Costumes – Karolien Nuyttens
Produced by – Miet Warlop /Irene Wool vzw & NTGent
Co-produced by – Arts Centre Vooruit Gent, HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin
With the support of – City of Ghent, Actoral. 17 Marseille

'Every once in a while you can experience a performance reminiscent of a uniqueness often missed by so many others. Ghost Writer an 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.'

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Fierce Says

We got so sick of waiting for Miet Warlop to perform in the UK, that we just went and invited her ourselves. We’re delighted to present the long overdue mainstage UK debut performances from Warlop – a totally unique figure within the European scene. This show is a riot.


Friday 18 October 2019


Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Studio

£12 – £10

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Saturday 19 October 2019


Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Studio

£12 – £10

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