How to build a Universe

Davy Pieters / Theater Rotterdam

We live in a world that is seemingly manufacturable. With all the technology at our disposal, we can endlessly zoom in on the world and control and manipulate life. Think of all the security cameras that monitor us day and night or Facebook, that decides what news we should see. In the digital era we allow ourselves to be increasingly led by the algorithms that are hidden behind this technology. We mindlessly hand over our research and creativity.

But the greatest discoveries, whether they occur in one person’s life or in the whole of humanity, happen by accident. They are suddenly detected by the human eye and have such an impact on the world that it can never be seen in the same way again.
Are we able to direct even our world-changing insights using technology? And if so, how will that affect our world-views? Our lives? And ourselves?

How to build a Universe dissects coincidence. In so doing, director Davy Pieters also challenges the laws of theatre and of the world, resulting in a visual, filmic, musical and physical performance.

concept, direction & set design: Davy pieters
performance: Judith Hazeleger, Mees Borgman, Niels Kuiters, Syoma Ekhart, Ayrton Fraenk
music: Jimi Zoet
singing composition: Lisa Verbelen
costumes: Erik Bosman
lighting design: Axel Dikkers
technical facilities: Arjen Fortuin, John Thijssen
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Played earlier on:

  • Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Theater Rotterdam - Try-out
  • Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Theater Rotterdam - Première
  • Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Theater Rotterdam
  • Thu 25 Oct 2018 - De Nieuwe Vorst Tilburg
  • Wed 31 Oct 2018 - Toneelschuur Haarlem
  • Thu 01 Nov 2018 - Toneelschuur Haarlem
  • Fri 02 Nov 2018 - De Maaspoort Venlo
  • Mon 05 Nov 2018 - Theater Kikker Utrecht
  • Tue 06 Nov 2018 - Theater Kikker Utrecht
  • Wed 07 Nov 2018 - Stadstheater Arnhem
  • Thu 08 Nov 2018 - Parkvilla Theater Alphen a/d Rijn
  • Fri 09 Nov 2018 - Theater de Veste Delft
  • Tue 13 Nov 2018 - Vrijhof Enschede
  • Wed 14 Nov 2018 - Vrijthof Maastricht
  • Thu 15 Nov 2018 - LUX Nijmegen
  • Fri 16 Nov 2018 - De Lawei Drachten
  • Wed 21 Nov 2018 - Het Nationale Theater Den Haag
  • Thu 22 Nov 2018 - Kunstmin Dordrecht
  • Fri 23 Nov 2018 - Schouwburg Amstelveen
  • Tue 27 Nov 2018 - Theater Frascati
  • Wed 28 Nov 2018 - Theater Frascati
  • Thu 29 Nov 2018 - Theater Frascati
  • Fri 30 Nov 2018 - Theater Rotterdam