Are we not seeing the answers to the questions of our time because we no longer see ourselves as a part of nature?
Frequently, we experience a sense of disconnection from the natural world, where we no longer perceive ourselves as integral parts but rather as either dominators or guardians. In ‘De Jacht’, the latest collaboration between NITE and Slagwerk Den Haag, this distinction between ‘human’ and ‘nature’ is questioned.
In De Jacht, Chilean director Manuela Infante explores the world of ‘rewilding’. A subject that is now also more topical than ever in the Netherlands, especially since the return of the wolf. Whether it is the #vanlife wild-camping digital nomad without a fixed abode, or the poaching hunter in search of new prey; both are looking to become one with the wilderness again.
Based on research, improvisation, music and collected stories, Infante does not chase the one story that would have shaped history and humanity. In collaboration with composer musician Diego Noguera, NITE and Slagwerk Den Haag, Infante develops her associative reflections into an intriguing musical performance full of soundscapes that challenges your thinking and stimulates your senses. Musical, absurd, and over the top.
Manuela Infante x NITE
After completing studies in Chile and at the University of Amsterdam, Infante is now a sought-after interdisciplinary theater maker worldwide. She has worked at the KVS (Brussels), Schauspielhaus Hannover, Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil (Chile), The Watermill Center (USA), Theatre Works (Singapore) among others.
Text: Manuela Infante, inspired by Ursula Le Guin
cast: Bram van der Heijden, Sarah Janneh, Bien de Moor, Nimuë Walraven, Olaf Ait Tami
composition: Diego Noguera
music: Slagwerk Den Haag, Enric Montfort en Dirge Kuran
set design: Ascon de Nijs
lighting design: Wil Frikken
dramaturgy: Camilla Valladares, Liet Lenshoek
costume design: Tania Ballve