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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.

On June 19, 20 and 21, I, Phone will be presented in three work in progress events: an elaboration of Rob Smorenberg’s residence in Veem House for Performance last April, when he was solely working in our theatre during the ‘intelligent lockdown’. After each presentation, a different expert will join us to reflect on the work and discuss a specific topic relating to the work. 

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 is a coproduction of De Warme Winkel and Veem House for Performance.

Tour dates

I, Phone will premiere in the summer of 2021.

19 – 06 – 2020 (work-in-progress presentation)
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
20 – 06 – 2020 (work-in-progress presentation)
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
21 – 06 – 2020 (work-in-progress presentation)
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam

Credits

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