HERMESensemble De zandman


Artistic team

Jan Dekeyser (direction)
Daphne Kitschen (direction)
Francois Beukelaers (performance)
Mario Janssens (performance)
Sylvie De Paepe (performance)
Karolina Wolkowiecka (dance)

Musical team

Karin de Fleyt (flute)
Peter Merckx (clarinet)
Nico Balthussen (violin)
Marc Tooten (viola)
Dirk Veulemans (electronics)

The Sandman takes its name from the fairy tale of the same name by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Together with this story the experiences, as recorded in a medical diary, are recounted of a blind person to whom sight is restored by Strampelli’s operation. Both narrative threads are apparently parallel but then become inextricably entangled and are resolved by a single act.

The Sandman deals with fear and its mechanisms, with the borders between reality and suggestion becoming increasingly vague.

Magical landscapes or invisible threat, sterile medical image or delirious splendour, pop or aesthetic horror? Does the fairy tale bring terror or is terror a fairy tale? To what pleasure, addiction and/or resistance, to what insanity leads fear?