Coming soon: DE JACHT (The Hunt). World-class theatre with a bite. Directed by the Chilean Manuela Infante.
In DE JACHT (THE HUNT) director and theater maker Manuela Infante (Santiago de Chile, 1980) dives into the world of ‘rewilding’; a world that focuses on creating more wilderness in nature and reducing human influence and control. A subject that has become more topical than ever in the Netherlands since the return of the wolf.
About De Jacht (The Hunt)
Based on research, improvisation, music and collected stories, Infante does not chase the one story that would have shaped history and humanity. Instead, THE HUNT makes room for a collection of alternative narratives, reframes the idea of revolution driven by the heroic hunter, and takes a critical look at our hidden hunter stories.
In a dazzling collaboration with her regular musician Diego Noguera, the actors of the NITE ensemble and the musicians of Slagwerk Den Haag, she develops her associative reflections into an intriguing musical performance full of soundscapes that challenges your thinking and stimulates your senses.
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, Theater Basel, Volkstheater Vienna, Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, The Watermill Center among others.
For THE HUNT, Infante thematizes the duality of wanting to tame nature, and at the same time man’s need to coincide with it. From nostalgia for nature and our own animal drive, we have now imitated nature in order to be part of it; in African ‘hunting farms’ where animals are bred to be shot by humans in a simulated hunt. And in the Netherlands we are currently under the spell of the return of the wolf, which is both romanticized and feared.
“Theatre is rooted in countless variations on the story of humanity, of us. It makes all stories meaningful and valuable, creates worlds and realities. Makes something into nothing, and nothing into something: from word to world.” – Guy Weizman, Staat van het theater (2021)
Text: Manuela Infante, inspired by Ursula Le Guin | cast: Bram van der Heijden, Sarah Janneh, Bien de Moor, and others | 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