Picture: Chris Van der Burght

Picture: Chris Van der Burcht

Picture: Chris Van der Burcht

Picture: Chris Van der Burcht

Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & EIRA


A cardboard apocalypse: before the eyes of the audience, a paradisiacal dream sinks into the mud. A palm tree, a hut, a swan, all made of cardboard – a highly unstable illusion of happiness and solidity. In the cardboard realm that surrounds the Portuguese choreographer and performer Francisco Camacho, it soon begins to rain; at first in drops, then in heavy streams. Clammy and cold, he seeks cover in the soggy remains of his idyll. With the solo "BLESSED", Meg Stuart has created a parable of human existence. As vulnerable and threatened as her protagonist appears, the title hints at hope – a trust in the human capacity to adapt and regenerate. "BLESSED" is another of Meg Stuart’s choreographic explorations of the human condition. The piece was awarded the 2008 French Theater, Dance and Music Critics Award for best foreign performance, and a Bessie Award in the category ‘outstanding visual design’ in 2012. Following its German premiere in 2007 at the Volksbühne, the solo can now be seen again for the first time at Tanz im August.

At the festival

August 2016
Choreography Meg Stuart
Created with and performed by Francisco Camacho, Kotomi Nishiwaki & Abraham Hurtado
Music Hahn Rowe
Dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
Installation Doris Dziersk
Costumes Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Light Concept Jan Maertens
Assistant Choreography Abraham Hurtado
Assistant Set Design Ania Pas
Production Manager Tanja Thomsen
Technical Direction Oliver Houttekiet
Stage Technician Pierre Willems
Light Jan Maertens
Rain & Stage Kay Hupka
Tourmanager Annabel Heyse
Production Damaged Goods & EIRA
Coproduction Kunstencentrum Vooruit  (Ghent), Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin), PACT Zollverein  (Essen), Centro Cultural de Belém  (Lisboa), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Festival d’Automne  (Paris)
Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Flemish authorities  and the Flemish Community Commission
EIRA is supported by the Directorate-General for the Arts - Portuguese State Department for
Culture / Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Duration 80 minutes