hollow men – hel’s kitchen

This dance performance was based on a poem of T.S.Eliot about the meaning of emptiness in everyday life directed by Hel’s Kitchen (Helmut Van den Meersschaut and Einat Tuchman). This piece quentions the lifestyles of people and the rules and codes related to it and how this is acting like a mental and physical prison.
For this project Stijn Dickel made – in contrary to the emptiness of social life – the environment, the furniture and the house come alive. Therefore he recorded hundreds of unrecognizable sounds of objects and classified them by sound qualities and properties. Next to this material he used the noise of the transmission of a radio (white noise, the empty space within radiofrequencies) that were brought alive with effect processors to let them sound as a crowd of people, as water, as a jet engine, etc…
The sound palette was used to lively support and contrast the performance with a four-channel speaker system.