Today I went to see 'De tijger eet de zebra en de vogel vliegt verschiet weg' by Benjamin Verdonck in Toneelhuis Antwerpen.

I would personally describe it as a choreography of shapes and lights colliding with each other in space. The performance started in black and white, and gradually went towards duotone. There were no human characters, only abstract shapes, and then there was a dog at some point. That was interesting.

I must say I did enjoy watching a performance purely constructed by shapes, projections and lights. It had a very robust / mechanical aspect to it. Also, whenever a shape was abruptly pulled off stage, you could actually hear the whole physical system of metal strings winding up fast.

Remarkable was how Benjamin chose to go towards a more transparent approach with his performance. He started of by reflecting light animations on minimalistic shapes to create the illusion of false perspectives. This felt very intriguing and a bit magical in a way; He left the audience literally in the dark on how the whole system functioned. Until, towards the end of the piece, he chose to gradually unveil the mechanics behind the whole system, almost like a magician revealing the secrets behind a trick to his audience.

Background lights were used to intentionally illuminate the metal strings, and puppet-like structures, moving the shapes across the stage. At some point, the music got replaced by narration to further break down the raw process behind the production. The narrator went 'Square rotate 360° counterclockwise', so the square did, 'Big circle off', and off the big circle went. As if the audience was allowed to follow along with the script in real-time, whilst watching it all unfold.