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shoe/farm - prelude
After the stage performance SPARE TIME WORK (2021), we continue our exploration of social roles and power relations in shoe/farm. This time we start from the places where we grew up: a farm in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and a shoe shop along the Belgian coast. We invert the dance floor of SPARE TIME WORK: from the grey floor that depicted the environment of school, office, golf course and nursery to a sand-coloured ground from which semi-industrialised agricultural scenes, dinnertime for breadwinners and touristic shopping at the seaside unfold. We work and play with customs, habits and specific sayings associated with farm life and shoe sales: "Life's hard on the farm" and "Customer is king!". With a nod to the typical West Flemish work ethic of "Doe mo deure" and "Ni neffest je schoen te loopn", we stand in our ancestors' shoes drawing on our own experiences and imagination as "daughters of". Our personal experience of those specific places is linked to broader social issues concerning production processes, working conditions and consumerism, among others. The worlds of the "shoe" and the "farm" merge.
We presented a try out of shoe/farm - prelude during Playgroundfestival at STUK (November '23), and a shorter version during ROOMS at Marrès (January '24). The piece will be premiered during It takes a City at Bronks. A second chapter shoe/farm - a family business will take form as a group piece Spring '25.