Esplanade Presents


The Mining Trilogy Workshop

Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere (Belgium)

7 – 8 Aug 2023

8hrs over two days

7 Aug, Mon, 1pm – 6pm 
8 Aug, Tue, 10am – 1pm

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian
Photo Credit: Christoph Sebastian

Designed for performance-makers, arts students and practitioners, this two-day workshop by theatre artists Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere takes you through the creation of The Mining Trilogy, with the artists speaking in-depth about their process, from the choice of subject matter to their methodology and approach towards documentary theatre.   


Participants will also get to experience their methodology first-hand. Starting with a one-hour interview with one of the interviewees from The Mining Trilogy, participants are invited to ponder the aspects of the story that stood out the most to them, and to create a short documentary theatre presentation using audio-visual material sampled from the various sources.  


Successful applicants will be contacted to purchase tickets for this workshop. 


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:
16 and above.
Language: English
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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

7 – 8 Aug 2023

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
7 Aug, 1pm – 6pm
8 Aug, 10am – 1pm
Tickets & Prices
Price $60

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