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I, Phone | Rob Smorenberg

A performance that meanders through the life of the digital human through a series of physical etudes; from scrolling, swiping and tapping to an intimate tinder date.

Socio-economic figures occupy a special place within the work of the 20th-century theater innovator and mime artist Étienne Decroux (1898-1991). Those figures show the daily actions of the people at that time; sanding wood, drinking wine, grabbing a grapefruit. Decroux distils from this daily act a poetic moving image of humanity. In I, Phone, Rob Smorenberg (1993-present) starts from the same principle and zooms in on the 21st century gadget that fundamentally changed our actions: the smartphone.

I, Phone will premiere in the summer of 2021 and is a coproduction of De Warme Winkel and Veem House for Performance.

Tour dates

Veem House for Performance (work-in-progress presentation)
Veem House for Performance (work-in-progress presentation)
Veem House for Performance (work-in-progress presentation)


Concept and performance
Rob Smorenberg
Ward Weemhoff
Thanks to
Suzan Boogaerdt and Bianca van der Schoot
Light design
Pablo Fontdevila
De Warme Winkel & Veem House for Performance