Stijn Devillé
Conversation with the rain

21.02.2020

Foto: Katrijn Van Giel

Stijn Devillé
Conversation with the rain

After the death of their daughter, a couple moves to Singapore.
She starts a demanding job as CEO of a nanotech company. He strolls through the monsoons and seems to see his daughter’s words in the rain.

A conversation ensues. A purifying story about love and loss. A story based on the personal experience of our award-winning playwright Stijn Devillé, told by two musicians, two actors and a rain printing device. English spoken.

After the death of their daughter, a couple moves to Singapore.
She starts a demanding job as CEO of a nanotech company. He strolls through the monsoons and seems to see his daughter’s words in the rain.

A conversation ensues. A purifying story about love and loss. A story based on the personal experience of our award-winning playwright Stijn Devillé, told by two musicians, two actors and a rain printing device. English spoken.

written and directed by
Stijn Devillé

with
Tom Van Bauwel & Sara Vertongen

child's voice
Marion De Schepper

music by
Gerrit Valckenaers & Geert Waegeman

video
Walter Verdin

light design
Mark Van Denesse

dramaturgy
Els Theunis

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written and directed by
Stijn Devillé

with
Tom Van Bauwel & Sara Vertongen

child's voice
Marion De Schepper

music by
Gerrit Valckenaers & Geert Waegeman

video
Walter Verdin

light design
Mark Van Denesse

dramaturgy
Els Theunis

More

Vrijdag21.02.202020:00OPEK, LeuvenTickets
Vrijdag25.01.201920:00OPEK, Leuven
Woensdag12.06.201921:00Schouwburg Graz, Graz

Imagine letters printed in rain falling from the ceiling to the stage floor, where each drop is a pixel which forms a word only visible for a few seconds. That's what the 'digital theatrical rain printer' did in its premier in OPEK, Leuven. Performing arts and technology meet each other in this cooperation between Nieuwstedelijk and KU Leuven's e-Media Research Lab. By building a machine which combines the characteristics of a regular rain machine and a printer, the machine literally makes it rain words.

"This clear cross over between creativity and technology is an ambitious project with a clear return for both partners. It also shows that high-tech and creativity can create beautiful projects", the judges mentioned last year when they announced the rain printer as one of the winners of the Cross Over Contest by Leuven MindGate.

Stijn Devillé from Nieuwstedelijk was  grateful for the prize. "Without the Leuven MindGate network, I would have never even begun with this type of cross over. I'm very happy to have met such an enthusiastic partner as Luc Geurts from KU Leuven. The project also shows that technology is much more than just mathematics and funtionality; it is also capable to move and affect people emotionally."

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written and directed
Stijn Devillé & Tom Van Bauwel & Sara Vertongen

child's voice
Marion De Schepper

music
Gerrit Valckenaers & Geert Waegeman

Video
Walter Verdin

light design
Mark Van Denesse light design

dramaturgy
Els Theunis

technical coordination
Kishan Singh

development rain printer
Arne Broeders & Wouter Driessens, prof. Luc Geurts 

technicians
Viktor Thys, Thomas Verachtert, Peter Lauwers, Tom Buys, Bregt Janssen

production
Ellen Haesevoets, Greet Van Poeck, Thomas Verachtert & Miek Scheers (internship)

sound design
Stefan De Reese & Tom Buys

costume design
Veerle Hasselman

kunstenvliegmerk stage design  
Benoit Aigret, Andreas Ketels

technical support
Berne Dries, Vic Van den Bossche, Willem Rys, Joffrey Guillaume, Brian Doms, Anton Spiessens, Tibo Spiessens, Jari Abeloos, Nils Janssens, Jelle De Hertog, Thijs Deroost, Glenn Loddewykx, Danny Depoorter

a production of
Het nieuwstedelijk

coproduction
C-mine cultuurcentrum

in collaboration with
e-Media Research Lab KU Leuven

with the support of
Leuven MindGate Crossover Contest and the Flemish Government and the support of het Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren.

with the support of
the Tax Shelter incentive of the Belgian Government and Gallop Tax Shelter