A renowned liberal newspaper has organised a cultural cruise along historical coastal towns. On a gigantic cruise liner, the inward-looking class has gathered, feigning cultural and social open-mindedness as a way of denying their own middle-class natures.
Because the performance was not going on tour, we approached the hall as a location. The space has a round side, where the risers are usually placed. This form gave us the idea of approaching the room as a ship. The Bellevue Theatre’s hall was to be completely adapted. Everything was stripped out, steel plates were laid on the floor, and the walls and pillars were painted cruise ship-white. We installed a newly built, mint-green riser that curved along the hall. This created a performing stage that was almost oval, like a ship. Gas lamps provided for a strongly lit room, aided by the reflections from the floor and the walls. We opened the semi-transparent windows of the hall, which are normally hidden behind a black layer. Now the\y were filtering the daylight: nature strengthens the clinical, modernist “good taste.” The costumes were a “cruise collection” in light pastel shades.
Bellevue Lunchtheater 2012
text, performance Bo Tarenskeen
photo courtesy Thijme Breukers
foto nr. 2: Ben van Duin
set, light, costumes M\W