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Documentary theatre performance



Pleasant Island (2019) is a documentary theatre performance based on the research Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere did on the island of Nauru. The island was once called Pleasant Island by European explorers. Its history appears to be a metaphor of our current day and age, in which colonization, capitalism, migration and ecology are on a collision course. After the exhaustive exploitation of the island’s vast underground phosphate deposits, both under British-Australian rule and afther its independence in 1968, the island was left in economic and ecologic ruins. Today Nauru is hosting refugee camps in return for a large amount of Australian money. Meanwhile, the island risks to be swallowed by the ocean as a result of the rising sea level. 


It is in this post-apocalyptic setting that Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere encounter the limitations of a world that is intent on endless growth. Drawing on interviews and conversations with residents and refugees on the island, they search for new perspectives. What future is there in a place that has been exhausted in ecological, economic and humanitarian terms? And how do we deal with the gloomy predictions that appear to await all of us?


By & with: Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere

Dramaturgical advice: Dries Douibi 

Sound mixing: Lieven Dousselaere 

Production: Campo 

Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Spielart Festival, 

De Brakke Grond, Spring Festival, Kwp Pianofabriek & Veem House for Performance

With the support of: VGC & Kaap

Residencies: Beursschouwburg, Kaap, Buda, LOD,

Stuk, De Grote Post, De Brakke Grond, Kwp Pianofabriek & 

Veem House for Performance


Read the review of de Volkskrant (NL) here

Read the review of Le Monde (FR) here

Read the review of De Theaterkrant (NL) here

Read the review of De Standaard (BE) here

Read the review of Des Mots De Minuit (FR) here

Listen to the audio review of De Zendelingen (BE)  here

Read the article in Asahi News (JP) here

Listen to the interview on Klara (BE)  here

Read the interview in De Morgen (BE) here


Jan 10, 11 Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (AT) 

Feb 6, 7 Rosendal Teater, Trondheim (NO) 

Mar 11 Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerp (BE) 

Mar 13 Leietheater, Deinze (BE) 

Mar 20, 21 Arts et Humanités, Cergy-Pontoise (FR)

Mar 20 - 28 Festival Cement, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Apr 22, 23 Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick (UK)

Apr 30 CC De Schakel, Waregem (BE)

Jul 2-12 Festival Theaterformen, Hannover (DE)

More dates to be announced soon



Nov 29 Akcent Festival, Prague (CZ)

Nov 22 Kunstencentrum Nona, Mechelen (BE)​

Oct 31 Pact Zollverein, Essen (DE)

Oct 28, 29 Spielart, Munich (DE)

Oct 26 De Grote Post, Ostend (BE)

Oct 23 - 25 Campo, Ghent (BE)

Oct 4 Materiais Diversos, Cartaxo (PT)​

Sep 24, 25 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)​

Aug 7, 8 Theater Aan Zee, Ostend (BE)

Jun 27 Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille (FR)​

May 20, 21 SPRING Festival, Utrecht (NL)​

May 10 - 13 Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (BE)  **premiere**