Joke Emmers is a young Limburg top talent in the theater scene. She studied Drama at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Despite her very young career, she has already achieved some important successes. For example, she was seen a few years ago during TAZ with the performance Damiet. Joke Emmers has been supported by TAKT for some time, and C-TAKT will also continue to work with her. She played in You may kiss the bride now (by and with Evelien Bosmans, Daphne Wellens and Thomas Janssens) and signed a one-year contract with Toneelgroep Maastricht.
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The original script of Peter Pan begins with a foreword by author J.M. Barrie. He dedicates the work to “the five brothers”. Without them, he writes, this story would never have existed. A noble confession. A chance meeting in the park brought “the five” into Barrie’s life. And he would never let them go again. At last he had the family he had never had; at last he had true muses upon which to graft his writing. The five were more than inspiration. They were the subject. They were his life. They were his imagination. Whether they wanted to or not.
Evelien Bosmans, Joke Emmers, Thomas Janssens and Matthias Meersman put themselves in the position of Barrie. They take the tension between his personal life and his imaginary world as a starting point for this new performance. Can you lose yourself in fantasy? Is reality stronger than imagination? Do we need to escape every now and then, to Neverland or Wonderland or whatever the shelter is called? Does art provide comfort? Or is it just a pipe dream?
Like Barrie, Bosmans, Emmers, Janssens and Meersman are surrounded by ‘lost boys’. Children who are labeled as ‘lost boys’ for this or that reason. Like Barrie and Peter Pan, they pull them into Neverland. They are the subject. They are life. They are their imagination. Whether they want it or not.
Using Letters to Doornroosje by Toon Tellegen as a starting point, Joke Emmers, together with Bas Teeken and Anneleen Boehme, creates a performance about love, because who can stop talking about it? It will also be about waiting and expecting. And about how those expectations get away with ourselves. Who’s actually running things here? That feeling. And about Haribo sweets.
Yet, deep in her heart, she expected something to happen. Like sailors in distress searching the horizon, she let her gaze despair over the loneliness of her existence, searching for a white sail in the misty distances. What chance, what wind would drive it towards her and to what beach it would take her, she did not know, nor whether it would be a sloop or a ship with three decks, fraught with distress or full of happiness. But every morning when she woke up, she hoped that it would come that day, and alert to all the sounds, she jumped out of bed and was surprised that it had not yet presented itself; Later, becoming increasingly sad as night fell, she wished that it would be morning. Madame Bovary – GUSTAVE FLAUBERT –