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“One of the best performances of the year … the instant standing ovation for the show was more than earned, it felt like “The Hunger Games” for theater aficionados.” – The New York Times

Twelve performers enter the stage for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection.


What is your history as a theatre maker? At the invitation of the Belgian city theatre NTGent and its director Milo Rau, Miet Warlop formulates an answer as only she can. In the long running series Histoire(s) du Théâtre, she is the fourth director to accept the challenge of a creation in which present, past and future meet each other in an inspiring way – after Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula and Angélica Liddell. ONE SONG – Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV is set in the unique universe of Warlop.

Through the entangled metaphor of a live competition and a concert, One Song, the latest work by acclaimed Belgian visual artist Miet Warlop, invites us to form a community and lift each other up. In One Song, Warlop crafts a world that explores the notion of how one song can give meaning to a whole society. Twelve performers enter the arena for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, hope, life, death, and resurrection. Sitting in front of them, a mini audience changes its mind after each performance, a cheerleader keeps cheering them on, and a sportscaster provides commentary. 

Praised by The New York Times as one of the “Top European Productions of 2022” during its run at the Avignon Festival, One Song makes its U.S. premiere at NYU Skirball.


Miet Warlop is a Belgian transdisciplinary artist born in Torhout. She holds a master’s degree in visual arts from KASK, Ghent. In addition to her performance work for theater venues, Warlop has created and presented an ever-growing cycle of visual art performances, interventions and live installations. She has been populating European performance and gallery stages for over twenty years with her absurdly colorful figures, living objects, and spectacles of form and color. Among a selection of venues: Festival Actoral Marseille (FR), Hebbel am Uber Berlin (DE), BUDA Kortrijk (BE), Vooruit Gent (BE), De Brakke Grond Amsterdam (NL), Bozar Brussel (BE), Lisson Gallery London (UK), Baltic Triennial Vilnius (LT), ImPulsTanz Vienna (AU), La Villette Paris (FR), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE) and Usine-C Actoral Montréal (CA).


With Simon Beeckaert, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck, Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe
And Rint Dens †, Marius Lefever, Miet Warlop
Conception, direction & scenography Miet Warlop
Text Miet Warlop assisted by Jeroen Olyslaegers
Tour manager Dana Tucker
Technical production & stage manager Oliver Houttekiet, Patrick Vanderhaegen
Technical team Dietrich Lerooij, Pieter Kinoli, Jurgen Techel
Production NTGent, Miet Warlop / Irene Wool vzw
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, DE SINGEL (Antwerp), Tandem Scène Nationale (Arras-Douai), Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, La Comédie de Valence – Centre dramatique national Drôme – Ardèche, Teatre Lliure (Barcelona)
With the support of the Flemish Government, Stad Gent, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government


Approximately 1 hour with no intermission.


NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and the Howard Gilman Foundation; Van Cleef and Arpels; Collins Building Services; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; and Marta Heflin Foundation; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Allies for Arts Access Fund support


Thu, Oct 3 @ 7:30pm

Fri, Oct 4 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Oct 5 @ 7:30pm

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