Saturn 2011 by Karl Van Welden

Concept, direction, sound by Karl Van Welden 
Performance by Stefaan Claeys, Sarah Eisa, Michael Helland, Siet Raeymaekers, Kevin Trappeniers, and Fran Verstegen
Dramaturgy by Bart Capelle 

Sound by Yannick Franck 
Technical coordination and construction by Vincent Malstaf 
Assistance and photography by Maarten De Vrieze
Production by wpZimmer 

Vooruit The Game is Up, March 15-26, 2011 (Ghent)
Oerol Festival, June 18-20 and 22-26, 2011 (Terschelling)
Marseille-Provence GR, May 24-26, 2013 (Vitrolles)
Marseille-Provence GR, June 28-30, 2013 (Istres)

Saturn is a series of performance installations, focusing on themes such as distance, intimacy, infinity, control and power in relation to the contemporary landscape. A circle of eight monolithically shaped observation points on a hill or a rooftop offers the audience a panoramic view on its environment. As a spectator you take place in an observational post, zooming in on details in the panorama through a lens. The gaze is guided towards isolated figures in the distance, who attempt to inscribe themselves in the world through small gestures, in an atmosphere of melancholy and vague menace. In the alienating tension between distance and intimacy, the visitor creates his own time, accompanied by an individual soundtrack. Through the very act of looking, he creates an in-depth perception of the landscape, as a mediator between human-size actions and their cosmic dimensions.

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