Esplanade Presents


In Conversation with Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere: Creating The Mining Trilogy

Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere (Belgium)
Moderated by Nabilah Said (Singapore)

6 Aug 2023, Sun, 4.30pm


(Intermission: None)

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Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Bart Dewaele

Curious about The Mining Trilogy? Join artists Silke and Hannes for a dialogue as they speak about the process of creating the three productions, their experiences during field research, as well as broader questions about the consequence of our actions and what our collective future will look like.


This is a companion programme to The Mining Trilogy: Mining Stories, Pleasant Island and Out of the Blue, running from 28 Jul – 6 Aug 2023 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. The Studios companion programmes are an invitation to deepen engagement with the artistic works and the conversations raised in the season.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere


Silke Huysmans (°Brazil, 1989) studied drama at KASK School of Arts Ghent and Hannes Dereere (°Belgium, 1990) theatre sciences at Ghent University. With their performances, the two Brussels-based makers investigate the use of journalistic and documentary elements within theatre. Underlying their work is extensive field research that they use to shape their projects. Since 2016, they have been working on a trilogy involving long-term research on mining. 


In 2016, the first part Mining Stories premiered at the Bâtard Festival in Brussels. For this performance, Silke and Hannes returned to the place where she grew up in Brazil. In 2015, a dam burst flooded this place with toxic mining waste, causing one of the biggest ecological mining disasters in recent history. Mining Stories was selected for Circuit X/Het Theater Festival 2017 (Belgium) and received the main prize at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel 2018 (Switzerland). 


In 2019 the second part Pleasant Island premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. In this performance, island state Nauru holds up a mirror to the world. Nauru was once a paradise in the Pacific. After decades of colonisation and mining, this island is literally at its water's edge due to rising sea levels.  


Out of the Blue concludes the trilogy. In this final piece Silke and Hannes look at the future of mining. Through interviews and conversations, they sketch an in-depth portrait of an emerging industry: deep sea mining. The piece premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May 2022. 

Date & Time

6 Aug 2023, Sun


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