Continuum is a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct.
Continuum is a physical experience in which you become aware that everything is one continuous movement. A movement that is much larger than our humanness, which begins and ends far beyond our parameters, or perhaps never started and with this never ends. It is an experience that shows us that everything just happens as it happens. I want to disrupt Cartesian enlightenment thinking (Cogito ergo sum) which—consciously and unconsciously—permeates our lives.
Our brains have evolved in such a way that they focus on contrast. Black and white, light-dark, large-small, the greater the distinction, the more polarized the image and the greater the impact (Donald Hoffmann). In order to properly understand the world around us, we need differentiation. Which is expressed not just in contrast, but in language too. Words differentiate things conceptually. With Continuum, I want people to see in a way that goes beyond this limiting view. I hope to create space for a new, more dynamic, broader, all-embracing perspective.
To be able to offer this sweeping perspective, I created an immersive experience that attempts to eliminates the distinction between what you see, hear and feel—an experience that tries eliminates the distinction between the different senses. As a viewer you are moved through the space on a small train, and your view is limited to a framework as if you become a moving camera yourself. Through that framework you see a space that is also in motion, it is both mobile and continuously changes. This space is created by a huge white paper screen able to rotate and distort in a variety of ways and is central to the performance. The combined effect of movement, the ever-changing screen, and the play of light compels the viewer to abandon their frame of reference. What begins as a very disorientating experience can—by relinquishing old reference systems—morph into space for something new and make you part of the never-ending motion. Just like Reverse and Framing, in this project I also use very simple analogic means (moving framed view and moving white paper) to create an unforgettable immersive experience.
It has something of the sublime, of a liberation, it feels like I am immersed in a sea of time and space. Further reading...
Fransien van der Putt
You shouldn't want to say too much about Continuum by Johannes Bellinkx [...] a special journey through different universes. Further reading...
Dagblad van het Noorden
Beautiful colors glide along intriguing surfaces and disappear again, matching associations arise and slip. ★★★★☆ Further reading...
"Thousands of days, nights, sunsets, ice, landscapes, deserts, rocks, oceans. Sometimes flying next to it, above it, floating in it."
Reflections from our audience
Over het IJ, Amsterdam
Credits Concept and direction - Johannes Bellinkx Production - SoAP Maastricht Co-production - Feikes Huis Amsterdam, C-Takt Neerpelt/Genk Artistic co-creation, dramaturge - Tamar Blom Artistic co-creation, composition - Dennis van Tilburg Lightdesign - Grisha Rungen, Neal Groot Creative producer - Jakob Proyer Installation - Soultech: Merijn Versnel, Guido Bevers and Merel Kamp (sacs)
August // Theater op de Markt, Hasselt (Belgium)
July 9th - 18th // Over het IJ Festival - Amsterdam (Netherlands) April 22nd - 24th // Theater Kikker / Het Huis Utrecht - Utrecht (Netherlands) February 11th - 13th // Beyond the Black Box - Amsterdam (Netherlands)
August 14th - 16th // Noorderzon festival - Groningen (Netherlands) July 10th - 12th // Second Preview - Amsterdam (Netherlands)
December 13rd, 14th // Winternights Festival - Maastricht (Netherlands)
Theater op de Markt - Hasselt (Belgium)
July 9th - 18th
Over het IJ Festival - Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - Premiere
April 22nd - 24th
Theater Kikker / Het Huis Utrecht - Utrecht (The Netherlands)
February 11th - 13th
Beyond the Black Box - Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
August 14th - 16th
Noorderzon festival - Groningen (The Netherlands)
July 10th - 12th
Second Preview - Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
December 13rd -14th
Winternights Festival - Maastricht (The Netherlands)