Future is Near! > Simon Versnel in 'Love-ism' by Mor Shani and Paul Sixta > 'Vader' and 'A Louer' by Peeping Tom > 'Viaggio Nella Dopo-Storia' and 'Trilogie de nos vies défaites' 2 films by Vincent Dieutre
While 'A Louer' by Peeping Tom was successfully touring all over the globe, there was also a collaboration in Rotterdam with Mor Shani, the Israelian choreographer (based in the Netherlands), who was creating, together with filmmaker/photographer Paul Sixta, his project 'LOVE–ISM'. This ended up in a short production on the stage and in several short dance-films, shown at Festivals all over the world. It was a great time doing this!
Simon in 'Vader' by Peeping Tom. Photo: Oleg Degtiarov > The year 2014 was mainly filled with the creating-process of the next creation of Peeping Tom's 'Vader' (the first part of a trilogy), which show premiered in Ludwigshafen (Germany) at the 10th. of May that year. This show was immediately a huge success and is touring all over the world. Recently, the 10th. of March 2016, it was performed a 100 times! And it still is going on.
Simon in Viaggio Nella Dopo-Storia by Vincent Dieutre. > In March 2014 there was the turning-period of the film 'Viaggio Nella Dopo-Storia', a film by Vincent Dieutre (Paris), based on the film 'Viaggio in Italia' (1954) by Roberto Rossellini. To turn this film Simon stayed in Napels for some time, where the story was taking place. Quite a new experience, but what a fantastic one! This film had his official Premiere at the famous Film Festival of Berlin in February 2015.
In 2015 'Vader' was played a lot and in March of that year the turning took place of the second film by Vincent Dieutre in which Simon is performing. This film is called 'Trilogie de nos vies défaites'.
In 2013, the 8th. and 9th. of February, the monologue 'Verbaas me' - about the life of Sergej Diaghilev - was first performed in Theater 'Walhalla' in Rotterdam. This was a very important event for Simon, as he was working so hard on it and finally did what he wanted to do for such a long time. There were times, during the last year, when he was writing the play, that he thought he WAS Diaghilev and this man became a kind of a friend to him. The audience liked the play and Simon is still performing it, in between the busy schedule of 'Peeping Tom'. The text of 'Verbaas me' was published in a little book (which is for sale before and after the show). Photo: Danielle Van Zadelhoff.
Future is Near! > 2013: Simon Versnel solo in The life of Sergej Pavlovitsj Diaghilev
Already for a long time Simon was thinking about this plan, but did not really dare to start it. But as a result of playing Porselein, which in fact was a short monologue, he decided to give it a try and started to think about an interesting subject for this play. He finally found his inspiration in the life of Sergej Pavlovitsj Diaghilev, the famous Russian impresario and Art-collector, founder of the well-known Ballets Russes and lover of the star-dancer Vaslav Nijinski. After a long period of research Simon started writing and now (August 2012) the first rough version of the text is sent to several friends to give him feed-back, in order to finish it and playing it. The Opening Night is fixed at the 8th and 9th of February 2013, in the lovely small theatre Walhalla at Katendrecht in Rotterdam. The play is called: Verbaas me (Etonne-moi), a well-known expression of Diaghilev. It is project that is important to Simon, as it is something completely coming out of his own mind and heart.
The Future is Near > 2010: Simon Versnel in Porcelein van Muziektheater Transparant!
Viviane de Muynck, at The Festspiele Salzburg in Ein Fest fur Boris
from Thomas Berhard. 2007
Future is Near! > Simon Versnel with Marieke van Leeuwen on
Location in Groothandelsgebouw with De Sprekende Stad
by Theater-bedrijf Bonheur!
Simon performed, together with the Rotterdam actress Marieke van
Leeuwen, in a
De Sprekende Stad on location with Theater-bedrijf
Bonheur. They were playing in the famous
Rotterdam Business building near the Central Station,
het Groothandels Gebouw, and the public was delighted by it. It
was directed by Ruurt de Maesschalck, who asked Simon to take
part in the new short production of Bonheur, during the
Witte de With-Festival in September this year.
Future is Near! > Simon Versnel in Het begin van het
einde van het begin!
End[lesness] of Existence. Een
Lantaren/Venster Productie | Madeleen Bloemendaal
(coproductie Huis van Bourgondië).
We see an old man at a Place of Passage after death. He's at a
recording studio where the last pages of a life's story are
registered. A young woman comes along. She brings a last breeze
of life which awakes an endless urge. A desire for a new
Concept/tekst: Madeleen Bloemendaal. | Spel: Simon Versnel,
Madeleen Bloemendaal. | Begeleiding: Nicole Vervloed. |
Bewegings begeleiding: Marjan Wolfseher. Decor/kleding: Marjo
van der Pols. Lichtontwerp: Dennis Vooren. Animaties: Madeleen
Bloemendaal. Fotografie: Hajo Piebenga. Grafisch ontwerp: Jelle
van der Hijden. Publiciteit: Hans Merts. Productieleiding:
Pieterjan Jacobs. Artistieke leiding: Dave Schwab.
Future is Near! > Simon Versnel as James Ensor in Het
Fantastisch Bal by Bonheur!
8, 9 & 10
Enter the world of James Ensor. A theatrical Vernissage in the
Chabotmuseum in Rotterdam. With Simon Versnel, Titus Boonstra,
Martine Crefcoeur en Urmie Plein. Director: Ruurt De Maesschalck.
Future is Near! > Dead Cat Bounce has won the
The theater section and a jury from
ZDF (one of the
public TV-channels in Germany) has given an award to the
performance Dead Cat Bounce. It was said to be a
politically and socially relevant and especially an
artistically and aesthetically convincing performance of the
Festival Politik im Freien Theater.
The Festival will take place this month of November and the
performance will be filmed and later broadcasted on
The performance Dead Cat Bounce
is still playing at different Festivals in Europe and whenever
Simon is asked for it and there is time to do it, he joins the
Future is Near! > Also The Goethe Institute Award for
Death Cat Bounce!
The Goethe Institute awards one of the Festival productions with
a prize of 10,000 Euro as a grant for subsidising one or more
performances of the prize-winner's work at partner festivals of
the Goethe Institute abroad. The jury of the Goethe Institute,
consisting of Martin Berg, Florian Malzacher and Jukka-Pekka
Pajune, has awarded this year’s prize for the Politics in
Fringe Theatre Festival to Dead Cat Bounce by the
American video and theatrical artist Chris Kondek. His
interactive didactic drama on the mechanisms of the stock-market
is a reflection on the resource of time in the media age. Kondek
has made video works for, among others, Robert Wilson, René
Pollesch, Stefan Pucher, Michael Nyman, Meg Stuart, Laurie
Anderson and the Wooster Group. He has been staging his own
plays since 2000.
Simon at MSN!
As Simon is always a busybody he pops up at the strangest places.
For instance at this webcam ad for MSN messenger, where he plays
the part of Hubert Engelmoer, who's grandchildren get a personal
talkshow by webcam on a daily base!
Future is Near! > Le Salon
Latest News! As a result of the huge success of le
Salon and the great reviews (f.e. in
Peeping Tom is playing a lot.
Especially Autumn 2005 and the first months of 2006 the group
travels with le Jardin and le Salon all over
Interviews are given at Radio and T.V., press-conferences are a
normal part of the work now and Festivals invite Peeping Tom
to show the new performance.
The planning is to go on with both shows until the end of 2006.
While doing this Peeping Tom will start the creation of a
new performance in September/October 2006.
There are certain rumours about a big part in a movie, but when
there is more to tell about this you will read it here.
Uzes-Quintet movie at Arte + on tour!
During the Summer of 2003, when
Peeping Tom was performing at the Festival de la Nouvelle Danse in Uzes
[France], Catherine Maximoff made a short film for the T.V.channel Arte. It is an impression of 5 different dance-companies who were present at the Festival and the film is called
Uzes Quintet. This film now makes a big tour to all kind of different
film-festivals in Amsterdam, Brisbane, Thessaloniki, Los Angeles and New
York. Just recently it got
the Certificate of Distinction in Durham. Peeping Tom is very proud to be part of this film, especially when we remember the circumstances under which we had to shoot the film:
Gabriela almost 5 months pregnant, doing some parts of the performance over and over again in an extremely hot old
stone-mine, where the film-team and us could not stay one moment without protection for the
sun, etc. In the meantime we heard that Arte planned to make a new film, this time only about
Le Salon, the new production of Peeping Tom. Preparations for this will start at the end of this
Le Salon has had its opening night. We are looking forward to this
This month we've been travelling with Le Jardin to
Seoul in Korea, where we've been performing very succesfully at the famous
Modafe Dancefestival they organise
now for more than 23 years.
Because of the success of Le Jardin we have been
interviewed for 25 minutes on the very popular National Television-programme Heart to
Heart By Arirang
TV which is presented by AHN JUNG-HYUN.
This interview can be seen in Real Audio at the website
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