I live in a wood.
I work magic with music.
I tell stories.
I trap rats.
I open mountains.
I have one friend.
He's got only one leg.
Since scholars found no place for him in the dictionary between gnome and gnu, most people don't even know he exists.
But they're wrong.
He does exist and is happy.
And I .. I'm the Pied Piper.
'2 Sproken" is a dyptich ('De Blauwe Gnokkel by Fernand Auwera, and the 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin') about the search for identity and one's place in the world. Two stories about an individual's struggle against society and resigned to his loneliness and conscious of his own worth.
To both of them the city and men's company is only a passing phase. Ultimately they look for inspiration in nature.
An De Donder directs and tells both tales, surrounded by a chorus of eleven actors, creating their own musical atmospheres to illustrate the tale. The chorus members intervene in the story, individually or as a community, thus creating an interaction between teller and chorus, story and imagination.
'2 Sproken' played 47 times in 1999 and 22 times in 2000.
8.500 spectators, young and old, enjoyed this performance.
Direction and music: An De Donder
Lights: Eric Decort
Music: Marc Bryssinck
Photography: David De Smet
Nancy Schellekens (blauwe gnokkel)
Els Van Gils
Nadine Van Miert
Rik Van Raak
Kristien Van Roy
An De Donder (Storyteller/Pied Piper)