The Look of the Living Dead

The result of a four-week workshop with Thomas Bellinck and 6 Bachelor students of Drama

Spoken language: English

Location: Museum Dr. Guislain (Lezingzaal), Jozef Guislainstraat 43, Gent

The performance is playing on:
Saturday 25 November 2017 at 3PM   laatste tickets enkel ter plaatse aan de kassa
Sunday 26 November 2017 at 3PM     FULL HOUSE

RESERVATION (up to November 24 18:00, by clicking on the date of the chosen performance here above) 

Tickets: 5€ (standard) | 3€ (students, unemployed,  65+ en staff and alumni School of Arts) | 0€ (students, teachers en alumni KASK DRAMA, jury)
A ticket for the expo Fear on the same date of the performance gives you free access to the performance. Reservation is recommended! 

The Look of the Living Dead4

“When there is no place left in hell, the living dead return to earth.”

(Peter Washington - Dawn of the Dead)

“You know, it’s like a... They will find every time another way to get inside. When we close now this point here and make it really closed, they will find another route to get into Europe. It’s not like... You cannot er... build a completely fence around Europe. It’s impossible. They... they will find every time when you close this, they will find another route. You know, it’s like water. The... the water will find every time another way. Yeah. I am not sure if I can make this comparison with people and water.”

(Anonymous EU border official)

In 1932, Victor Halperin’s White Zombie introduces the first zombies in the history of film. These zombies do not eat humans. They are undead enslaved black people, taken from their graves and made to work in the fields and the sugar mill at night. Famished, exhausted, with no will whatsoever in their gazes, they push the wheels of the sugar mill like animals. At a time when the dominant colonial classes' sense of guilt begins to emerge, white people's fears of being possessed by over-exploited black people begins to take form in these images of the dead who continue to suffer the injustices of the system that killed them. (*)

85 Years after the first screening of White Zombie, the undead are thriving like never before, invading the film frame in ever vaster numbers, like an epidemic spinning out of control. The Look of the Living Dead is an attempt to tie in the post-9/11 upsurge in zombie blockbusters with the Global West’s growing anxiety about displaced peoples and the increasing illegalisation and securitisation of migration. Imagine something along the lines of World War Z meets The EU Asylum and Migration Glossary 3.0.

With and by: Thomas Bellinck, Manon De Baecke, Kato De Vylder, Bjorn Floréal, Anna Franziska Jäger, Joeri Happel, Simone van der Steen

(*) Based on Fillol, S.; Salvadó-Corretger, G. & Bou i Sala, N. (2016). The imaginary of the cinematic zombie in the representation of the defenceless: from Hollywood classicism to contemporary Europe. Communication & Society 29(1), 53-66.