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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


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