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Documentary theatre performance



Mining Stories (2016) is a documentary theatre performance based on the research Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere did on a recent mining disaster in Brazil. On the 5th of November 2015 a dam containing toxic mining waste collapsed in the mountains of the mining region Minas Gerais, Brazil where Silke grew up as a child. A devastating flood of mud destroyed several villages before flowing into the four hundred miles long river Rio Doce. Silke returned to Brazil with Hannes in order to talk to people affected by the incident and get a grip on its immense consequences. Back in Europe, they broadened their view on the event through interviews with economist Paul De Grauwe and mining expert Lindsay Newland Bowker, amongst others. Each of them tells the story of the disaster from their own context, with their own nuances and points of interest. 

Mining Stories is not a detective story or a reconstruction of the disaster, but a journey through a diverse collection of personal stories crossing topics such as memory, politics, religion, and storytelling.​ The result is a sound patchwork of voices and stories.

Mining Stories received the ZKB Patronage Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2018. Read the statement of the jury here


By & with: Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere

Dramaturgical advice: Dries Douibi 

Production: Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere, 

Bâtard Festival & Kwp Pianofabriek

Coproduction: Kaap

With the support of: VGC & Sabam for Culture

Residencies: Kaap, Kwp Pianofabriek, Vooruit, De Grote Post & 

Veem House for Performance

Portuguese transcriptions: Luanda Casella & Miguel Cipriano 

German translation: Anneliese Ostertag 

French translation: Pamina De Coulon


Read the review of De Theaterkrant (NL) here

Read the review of BZ Berner Oberländer (CH) here

Read the review of Der Standard (AT) here

Read the review of Perlentaucher Kulturmagazin (DE) here

Read the review of Österreich Journal (AT) here

Read the review of Der Republik (CH) here

Read the review of Kriterij (SI) here

Read the review of The Reviews Hub (IE) here

Read the review of The Irish Times (IE) here

Read the essay in Etcetera (BE) here

Read the interview in De Standaard (BE) here

Listen to the interview on Klara (BE) here

Read the interview in Jornal Publico (PT) here


May 5 CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas (BE)​

More dates to be announced soon



Oct 17 Festival Verão Azul, Loulé (PT)

Oct 10 4+4 Days in Motion, Prague (CZ)​

Sep 27 Trafó, Budapest (HU)

Sep 20, 21 Conde duque, Madrid (ES)

Jun 4 2 Degrees Festival, London (UK)

Apr 24 C-Mine cultuurcentrum, Genk (BE)

Mar 22, 23 La Villette, Paris (FR)


Nov 16, 17 Fast Forward, Dresden (DE)​

Nov 11 CC Berchem, Antwerp (BE)

Nov 10 Arca NTGent, Ghent (BE)

Sep 28 - 30 Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin (IRL)

Sep 21 CC Brasschaat, Antwerp (BE)

Aug 30 Mladi Levi, Ljubljana (SI)

Aug 26 - 28 Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Zurich (CH)

Aug 11, 12 Theater op de Markt, Hasselt (BE) 

Aug 6, 8 ImpulsTanz Festival, Vienna (AT) 

May 23, 24 Auawirleben, Bern (CH)

Apr 21 MOOOV Festival, Dilbeek (BE)

Mar 22 - 24 Festival Cement, Den Bosch (NL)

Feb 21 - 23 Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva (CH)

Feb 15, 16 Artefact Festival, Stuk, Leuven (BE)

Feb 9, 10 Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

Jan 27 Parallèle Festival, Marseille (FR)

Jan 25 CC ’t Schaliken, Herentals (BE)


Dec 14, 15 Campo, Ghent (BE)

Nov 11 Spielart Festival, Munich  (DE)

Nov 10 Next Festival, Harelbeke (BE)

Nov 7, 8 Schwankhalle, Bremen (DE)

Oct 27, 28 Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam (NL)

Oct 26 Kunstencentrum Nona, Mechelen (BE)

Oct 20 Kaap, De Werf, Bruges (BE)

Oct 5 Explore Festival, Bucharest (RO) 

Aug 31 Het Theaterfestival, Brussels (BE)

Aug 17 - 20 Noorderzon Festival, Groningen (NL)


Nov 4 Bâtard Festival, Brussels (BE) **premiere**