'Ticket to Paradise'

Brussels, 2014, performance about our desire for the 'Sublime', the unique experience of Paradise.
We are often searching for the Sublime in our relationships, in ourselves, in our society,... while the experience of Paradise can be seen as a state of view, a reflection, a motion in ourselves.

This performance is about our endless desire for the pure and sublime in life, relationships and ourselves. We feel a big desire for finding a meaning in our lives and relationships and our environment. We have somehow lost sense, by the loss of religion, and we are searching for new philosophy or structures for giving meaning in life and afterlife. 'Ticket to Paradise' is performed in the Devil's Cave in the park of Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels. The fake rocks were built in 1907 in a typical romantic vision how nature and parks should look like. We see three young women with red dresses and capes. The women are a reference to Maria. The performance starts with a briefing about the content of the performance. The audience takes a ticket from the ticket dispenser and stands in a circle of stones in the cave. Then, the audience watches a ten minutes video of the sea that bounces against the rocks with the sound of the waves clashing. The visitor has to make an inner reflection about his private desires and things he wants to achieve in life; pure good things. A woman is holding a small beamer in her hand as a reliquary. The three women have all a kind of a reliquary in their hands. After this, the visitor is free to walk, guided like someone who goes to the altar, to a half naked tall woman standing on a stepladder, with her eyes closed, holding a ticket machine. The visitor gets a ticket with a random date and drawing when he will achieve Paradise, a signature of the artist is left the backside of the ticket.

Installation, concept and costumes by Nathalie Vanheule.
Performers Gill Van Eeckhout, Liesbet Waegemans, and Nathalie Vanheule.
Photo's by Fleur Martin and Sander Demeulemeester.