Johannes Bellinkx

Reverse

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Moon Saris

Reverse

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(c) Dennis van Tilburg

Reverse

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Moon Saris

Reverse

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Moon Saris

Backing valiantly into the unknown
Are you always moving full speed ahead, resolutely fixed on the familiar? Reverse by Johannes Bellinkx invites you to do exactly the opposite: in this unusual audio walk, you back your way through the city. Bellinkx, a Belgian based in Amsterdam, challenges you to embrace the unexpected. It is the sheer simplicity of Reverse that makes it so exceptional: just by – literally – reversing an everyday pattern, Bellinkx manages to cast the familiar in an entirely fresh light. As such, Reverse is much more than a jarring sensual experience and a pleasant debauch of liberating child's play: the walk challenges the Western idea of linear time perception. What would our existence mean if we were to submit ourselves to a universe in which past, present and future take place simultaneously, as in many Asian and African cultures?

Performance suitable for children from age 8+

Simply reversing your usual manner of walking works miracles. Your field of vision goes Cinemascope, your focus expands; it's as if you're constantly extricating yourself.” 

- Annette Embrechts, de Volkskrant

Credits

Scriptwriter and director | Johannes Bellinkx
Audio composer | Dennis van Tilburg
Smartphone application development | Teackele Soepboer
Installation | Thijs Wieman
Production | SoAP

With special thanks to | Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stichting NDSM, Das Theatre, Over het IJ Festival, with the support of Performing Arts Fund NL

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