Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel

Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel

Trilogy of the Imagination III
Aline Breucker & Quintijn Ketels / Side-Show
Premiere 12.05.23 CIRKL . Leuven (BE)
a stage full of canvases and cushions

Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel is the third part of Side-Show’s Trilogy of the imagination. Following on from Wonders (2013) and Spiegel im Spiegel (2017) the company deploys circus as a collective dream machine. On stage, hundreds of cushions are used to create a circle in which the audience can take a seat. On, beneath, or in the cushions, we dream about the (im)possibility of things in a variety of acts. The performance becomes a temporary hideout for relaxed rebellion.

What does circus and spectacle signify without surprise? By means of an interplay between announcement and performance, Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel seeks out the spectacular in the everyday and the everyday in the spectacular.

Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel is a relaxed performance. This means that right from the start, the show was created with the aim of being accessible to audiences who need a more relaxed environment in which to go to the theatre or the circus. The codes of the theatre, such as the norm of sitting still and not reacting verbally or physically to what is taking place are adjusted in a relaxed performance. The show also avoids strong and sudden stimuli such as strobes and loud noises. Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel can be watched from close up or from further away, and the doors of the auditorium always remain open. It is both possible and permitted for the audience to move freely. 

For the first time, we are not on stage ourselves, but we are directing a group of acrobats. Together with the audience, they seek out an unforced trance in which we can all nestle. This trance can serve as a rebellious escape route from the weight that we sometimes feel on our shoulders. In order for us all to awake, perhaps we must first collectively dream the impossibility. That is the rebellion that Side-Show envisages. Because if we can imagine it, it might perhaps happen.
Aline Breucker & Quintijn Ketels

Concept and direction Aline Breucker & Quintijn Ketels
Performers Camille Paycha, Gianna Sutterlet, Philippe Droz, Elsa Bouchez, Patrick Pun, Ruben Mardulier, Majo Cázares
Scenography Aline Breucker
Costumes Aline Breucker in collaboration with the Wolubilis costume workshop
Music Maxime Steiner
Dramaturgy Vincent Focquet
Choreographic advice German Jauregui
Assistance costumes Irma Morin
Technical coordination and lighting design Michiel Soete
Technical assistance and set construction Gert De Cooman
Photography Jan Castermans

COPRODUCTION Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, CIRKLABO/30CC, Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof, Miramiro, a.o. 
PARTNERS GC De Kriekelaar, Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg, De Grote Post,
Théâtre Marni, Wolubilis, La Bellone, a.o. 
WITH THE SUPPORT OF the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities
CREATION January 2022 to May 2023

Leuven (BE)
Leuven (BE)
Leuven (BE)