2020 - 2021
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GEEL (B) Mon, Jun 21, 2021
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Willard will premiere in 2022.
Follow the creation process here.



February 2018. On holiday in the US, theater maker Tom Struyf coincidentally arrives in Willard, in upstate New York. Willard is a small town in the shadow of the ruins of a former psychiatric hospital. Fascinated by the landscape, the history and the stories of the people living there, he soon discovers a link with a psychiatric hospital in the town of Geel, in his home country Belgium. It is the start of in-depth research and the creation of a new documentary theater piece.

As time and change both play a crucial role, the creation of Willard will be spread out over several stages, spanning several years. The result will be a multimedia and filmic piece, much like Act to Forget and The Tatiana Aarons Experience, in which Tom previously constructed a new story by bringing together his fascination for a specific place and specific people with a very personal story.

Willard will premiere in the fall of 2022.
Follow the creation process here.

In Geel (B) on June 21, 2021, Tom will give an update on his most recent research findings, and offer a sneak peek at the next steps in the research process and the creation of the theater piece.

Fien Leysen (°1989) first studied Literature and Linguistics and Literary Studies, and then went on to study Drama at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. Since 2017, her graduation theater piece Wat (Niet) Weg Is has been playing across Flanders. She also joins forces with the theater company BERLIN and Het Nieuwstedelijk, among others. In 2019, Fien was Artist in Residence with Het Nieuwstedelijk and created the theater piece Wie We Zijn. She also writes and works as a freelancer, creating text and video for several theater companies and different media.