In Domestica a procession of bickering and fighting couples passes by, ranging from Medea and Jason to Sue Ellen and JR from Dallas or Al and Peg in Married with Children, from Othello and Desdemona through Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to Temptation Island.
Valentijn Dhaenens and Alejandra Theus have created a collection of centuries of marital strife, raised voices and flaming rows. Again and again, the voices become hoarser, nerves are strained even further, and mind and body grow increasingly weary.
Marital disputes are a metaphor for the worldly desire for conflict and the impossibility of living together, let alone being united.
During every show, a young pianist completes the cast. The young girl accompanies the show not only by playing romantic love songs. She is also consciously present as a witness, victim or conciliator.
Valentijn Dhaenens made his breakthrough with the DegrotemonD (BigmoutH, Skagen 2012), which he himself directed and performed in. It is an ode to rhetoric. This was followed by DeKleineOorloG (SmallWaR), a completely different but equally stunning solo performance. Both productions toured the world. Dhaenens will be developing a number of productions over the next few seasons at the KVS. He also performs in KVS in Odysseus. Een zwerver komt thuis (part 3 on Saturday 4 February and in the marathon on Friday 24 March) and World without us (Man) by Ontroerend Goed.