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Why is the sky blue?

I lost you.

Can we please talk about this space?

I want to take you somewhere blue.

Don't you see the sea and the universe as a similar thing?

Do you remember when we started?
With what?
Approaching each other.

It always ends up to be about you and me.

MAP

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON II, photo by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

NOON I, photo by Boris Breugel

Have you ever been close?

ABOUT

The project NOON was founded by Judith Dhondt, Senne Vanderschelden, Janka De Waele, Delphine Mertens and Joram De Cocker in 2018 within the bachelor graduation project of Judith Dhondt (School of Arts: Drama in Ghent, Belgium) and Senne Vanderschelden (School of Arts: Multimedia Design in Ghent, Belgium).

With the project and collective NOON we want to create a series of performative installations and performances in which imagination is used as a tool to connect, to come together. Our chosen language for this is the language of the body. The awareness of and connecting with our body could be the first step to connect human beings with their surroundings - again, but differently, and who knows - with each other.

NOON is as well a project as a collective, in the sense that every performance is made collectively. This collective is fluid; it can expand, shrink, transform. The way we work together, the methods we develop, the process and 'the product' are inseparable because of the content around which we circle. Therefore we find it hard to use the term 'product' in our work. We call NOON a spatial and movement research. The 'spatial' part is intertwined with our content but is as well specific in our decision to move from space to space. Therefore we adapt the material from space to space, which makes every movement sequence and composition connected with a certain environment, with certain surroundings.

As the project evolves, the desire of opening our working process and creating a new format to share work, grows. In the following year we’ll be working more on this new format in the context of our new work, NOON III.

TEXTS

SELF WRITTEN
Dialogue from NOON I
by Judith Dhondt
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The dialogue was originally written to be played in our first performance. Eventually we didn’t use it as text in the performance but the imagination of the dialogue was very much present in the creation of the movement material. That’s why we chose to still include the dialogue in the publication. In this way the spectator/reader could enter the performance through a different layer, again, after the performance.

PUBLICATION & SITE

All our publications and the original drawings of NOON were created by Joram De Cocker. They served as a tool and inspiration to build a new narrative for this website, which was designed and coded by Valerie Paredis.

The publications have always been an important part of the work from the start. In the publications we open an extra layer of imagination and share a bit of our process, as the process is very important for NOON and never really ends.

While connecting different disciplines to get our message across, we decided to introduce the medium of the book in order to document the progress NOON makes. The publications that NOON published try to rethink that what can (not) be translated into printed matter.

For NOON l, the result was an edition of 50, each with a unique silkscreened cover, containing drawings, fragments of notebooks and a dialogue. The book is always linked to the space. For NOON II, the publication was smaller and held together by a rubber band that invites the reader to treat the book as a never ending archive, shifting the pages that with each NOON II will continue to grow in content.

This website was created as an extra segment of the publication. The site as a space where we can be transparent about our process and where an extra layer of imagination can be explored, just as in our publications on paper. We wanted it to be a playground where you can discover as you move around, just as we try to facilitate in our performances. For us it was important that it would have an unstable feel, as if the whole space is still searching for balance in a sense.

PERFORMATIVE PRACTICE

NOON I

bodies researching / 3 full bodies / full of past present and future / empathic / in constant transformation / through day and night / going on / evolving / moving / always in conversation with / space / and / a musical entity of 2 other bodies.
5 bodies are inviting you to enter the conversation.

NOON is a project in constant transformation, moving from space to space, with an interest for the encounter.

Our first spatial research and performance is called NOON I.

With NOON I the project arrives in an emptied parking lot and exists, as a starting point, out of these 5 bodies.

created by:
Gregory Abels (technical support) Joram De Cocker (publication) Eva Dermul (light) Janka De Waele (creation/performer) Judith Dhondt (creation/concept/text) Tuur Geldhof (creation/music) Zoë Hoornaert (dramaturgy) Timo Lambrecht (sound) Delphine Mertens (creation/performer) Lizandro Temmermans (creation/music) Senne Vanderschelden (creation/concept/performer)

NOON I was born out of the desire to create a performance that connects, brings together, not only human beings with each other but also with their environment. We tried to tell a small and intimate story - a story which exists between different human bodies - and its echo in a macroscopic scale.

To point the attention towards the space - and as a consequence shift the perspective away from the body - we chose to perform on a parking lot of 30m/30m. A space that draws the attention which makes the attention towards the performer or the body scatter.

The performance took place during the descent of the sun. By making this choice we emphasize the time of the planet and try to make another link with the bigger context. By adding theatre light in a non theatre setting we opened up a new imagination, a new poetry of space.

As well the spectator as the performer moved freely through the space which created a landscape made out of human bodies, in other words a human landscape. The spectator was given the time to wander from the performers, to the other spectators, to the space or even inwards (daydreaming). The constantly changing distances between performer and spectator were very important. During the creation process of the movement material we were searching for a moment where the in-between space became loaded or tensioned. The space became a playground where everyone became a performer playing with their interrelations.

NOON I played on 8, 9 and 10 May 2019 at 8.30 in the evening, while the sun was descending.

NOON II

NOON is a project in constant transformation moving from space to space, with an interest for the encounter.

Our second spatial research and performance is called NOON II.

NOON II explores a personal living room with its inhabitants and routines, in a frictional encounter with 3 other bodies.

created by:
Delphine Mertens, Janka De Waele, Joram De Cocker, Judith Dhondt, Lena Mariën, Senne Vanderschelden and Tuur Geldhof.

With NOON II we displace and adapt our work to the living room. The publication as well grows while developing multiple versions of performances, house by house. It's important for us to encounter the hosts and build a relation with their space and themselves.

The displacement from the parking lot to the living room has an impact on the movement research that we slightly touched in NOON I, namely very minimal movement. The repetition of movement, the fluid structure, the tides in the movement material, ... these are all elements that structure the rhythm of NOON II. This repetition and minimalism of the body demands a specific state and concentration of the audience/spectator, wherein the spectator lands into a different perception of time. For NOON II we wanted to go deeper into the movement material and develop this further. We were looking for a different type of body than in our previous performance - an ambiguous body, a body that shifts between human and nonhuman. This body was brought into the living room to create a contrast with its environment, but also and more important, because we were curious what sort of relation the spectator could build with these kinds of bodies.
Of course the spectator stays very important in the work. The spectators were again able to move freely through space. This time the space was more limited, however a new human landscape originated.

We wanted to create a sensorial experience wherein the spectators could rediscover and re-experience their own body. Therefore we worked together with Lena Mariën, a master student textile. Lena designed the textile for the performance that was used as some sort of costume and at the same time was part of the scenography. It was important that the performance (the fictional layer) slid into a reality based space. The three bodies, who were scattered around the living room, were covered in a combination of Lena's textile and ordinary clothes. The textile was wrapped around the bodies and spread itself into the space, as water would. During the performance Lena kept knitting threads which were then scattered in the space.

Soundwise we were searching for a balance between sounds that were already present in the living room and a soundscape that was created in collaboration with musician Tuur Geldhof.

The process is very important for us. During the work of NOON II we discovered the importance of our relation with the hosts of the living rooms. With every host we are searching a different form to rediscover their living room with them. The time we spend with the residents of the living room is part of our work. In the publication we try to share the experience of this encounter with the readers/spectators of NOON II. This happens in consideration with the host, we decide together what will be shared and communicated to the reader/spectator.

As in NOON I we chose for a specific time to perform. With NOON II we start and end the day. In our first version we performed at 8 o'clock in the morning (sunrise) and at 5pm (sunset). We noticed that this influenced our performance but also the experience of the spectator.

NOON II played on January 17th and February 1st at sunrise and sunset, and will be playing again October 16 and 18. Go check our agenda!

NOON III

For NOON III we are continuing the work of I & II. Through NOON I & II we have been learning a lot. We have been developing a practice for two years now. We still feel like we are at the starting point. With all the experiences and growth in the movement material and all round imagination of NOON we are diving into a new process which will find form in a performance called NOON III.

In our third performance we will be trying to find and research again our connection to the other (a creature, a human being maybe) and our environment (which is the other as well as ourselves). Scenography, music, text and movement will be very important, as it always is. Every NOON is a continuation of the other one and although we name them as performances it feels like one big work in progress all of the time. For NOON III we are now at the beginning of our rehearsal process. This year we will be moving from residency to residency working on the project. In the agenda section of this site you can see where we’ll be working throughout the year.

As it is very important for us that the work itself is always moving and transforming, it is important for us to share this process with a possible spectator. That’s why we will try to schedule some open moments where we would like to share parts of our practice with you at the end of our residencies. These moments will always be communicated via our social media and the agenda on this site!

NOON III will be created by: Janka De Waele, Joram De Cocker, Judith Dhondt, Tuur Geldhof, Delphine Mertens, Senne Vanderschelden, Jietske Vermoortele and Elena Vloeberghen

AGENDA

EVENTS
16 oct 18u36
18 oct 18u32
NOON II @ radical house
Very limited capacity. E-mail us to request an invitation: haveyoueverbeenclose@gmail.com
21-25 apr NOON III (Ghent)
detailed planning coming soon
RESIDENCIES
5-23 oct radical house (Brussels)
3-7 nov CAMPO Victoria (Ghent)
14 dec - 3 jan Zsenne art lab (Brussels)
18-25 jan School van Gaasbeek

CONTACT

You can always contact us:
haveyoueverbeenclose@gmail.com

Or find us on:
instagram & facebook

TRAILER NOON I

PHOTOS

This is a gallery of our works: ADD IMAGE

NOON I in black & white by Arthur Loontjens

NOON I on the parking by Boris Breugel

NOON II in the living by Arthur Loontjens