On November 19th, three artists participating in Ne Mosquito Pas are invited to show their interpretations of the concept of ‘failure’. This “failure” could be a scene cut from a show just before the curtain went up, an idea that never escaped the notebook, or a lasting fascination from the past that for one reason or another, never materialized. Simon van Schuylenbergh and Rosie Sommers are Belgian theater makers and performers and two of the initiators of Ne Mosquito Pas – a practice and event series which invites artists to create solos out of their personal interpretation of “failure”.
The collection of performances that emerge from a five day working period, are often eclectic, but characterized by a collective effort to undo a preconfigured idea of what ‘works’ on stage and what doesn’t. They are autonomous contributions, but it is in relation to each other that the solos show a glimpse of the potential of failure to resist the constant quest for success as the default mode by which neoliberal lives are lived.
Simon undertook a residency at Veem House and de Brakke Grond in September, where he met with artists from the dance and performance field and got a quick look at the city of Amsterdam. Together, Simon, Rosie and three invited participants, will perform their ‘failed’ work in the upcoming edition of Ne Mosquito Pas on the 19th of November.