Fight Night Shows Us Elections as They Truly Are!
Opening Tuesday, October 18th, Fight Night shows us elections as they truly are: a battle, a fist fight with words….a theatrical game. Five performers. Five Rounds. Your vote. One survivor. Belgium’s multiple Fringe First-winning company Ontroerend Goed and Australian The Border Project arms the audience with voting keypads in order to choose their favourite candidate among five actors. An immersive exploration into the intricacies and traps of voting systems and mediatized democracy, Fight Night stages elections as a theatrical game.Fight Night Director, Alexander Devriendt, has a few things to say about voting and politics:
Your vote. So many people fight for it. So many promises are made to obtain it. And yet it feels so small. Such a tiny contribution. A seemingly insignificant voice muffled by the turmoil of the powers that be. I’ve been all kinds of voters. A frustrated one, consciously abstaining, too lazy to go, a fervent one, a social one, a strategical one. But more and more I became fascinated by the extent to which my choice was manipulated on so many levels. Not only by the politicians themselves or by the media. All sorts of little things in my immediate or far away surroundings had an impact on my vote. What it mostly boiled down to, is the feeling that made me say: ‘I trust this person’. A trust that seemed to be of my own making. I trusted this one person in politics. He seemed intelligent and somebody who could represent me in the political field. When he appeared on television he said things that made sense. Whether it was in a game show or political talk show I can’t remember (the distinction has become blurrier day by day). It’s a feeling I share with many Trump-supporters today. You trust your own judgment so well, you rarely question what it’s really based upon. Until I took a closer look at his views during rehearsals for this show and I was amazed how different our views were on so many levels. How the things I cared about were not even mentioned in his political program. I still trust the guy. He is a strong politician. He just doesn’t get my vote anymore. There is this other person whose program I share completely. She doesn’t get enough votes to really matter in Belgian politics, but I believe the votes she gets, keep her going. Because my vote matters to her and she matters to her party and the party influences decisions in a country, the country has a say in the European Union and maybe the powers beyond that are kept in check just a little bit more. A chain of influence that can alter the world. Eight years under Romney would be a different world; a Canada led by Trudeau resonates even in our country; a referendum in Britain has altered the course of history.
I remember when we performed the show in London, there was this 80-year-old man who started shouting to younger people who were giving up their device, who were giving up their vote. “Don’t do it. People have fought for this!” he shouted.
I’m probably going to be like him. – Alexander Devriendt