Samuel Rhyner

La vieille souche

Friday 16:10

Friday 18:45

Saturday 16:10

Saturday 18:45

Sunday 16:10

Sunday 18:45

duration: 50 min.

access: free with reservation

location: playground 9

In an imaginary unpleasant future, meet Trebor (a tree in a pot) and Robert (an acrodancer). Intertwined, leaning on one another, supporting each other throughout an acrobatic dialogue. Intimate, minimalistic, absurd, optimistic and highly physical, the piece places Trebor and Robert on an equal footing.

La vieille souche is an ode to life, in all its absurdity, and to the walnut tree at the edge of the garden of the artist’s childhood home. A tree that carried his first sorrows of the heart, and who still wears – proudly – the scars of the swing’s ropes.




Samuel Rhyner (CH)



Artistic collaboration

  • Tree: Trebor Quercus Robur
  • Artist, performer, maker: Samuel Rhyner
  • Technician: Jef Delva
  • Music: Samuel Rhyner, with the help of Pierrick Bacher
  • Costume and special effects: Menno Boerdam
  • Choreographic support: Piet Van Dycke
  • Dramaturgical support: Franka Tremblay
  • External view: Adele Didelez, Lina Isaksson, Samantha Cunningham
  • Scenographic advice: Sammy Van Den Heuvel
  • Scenographic construction: Martin Baarda and Luc Cauwenberghs
  • Light design: Bart Verzellenberg
  • Trailer and pictures: Astrid & Roel


Etincelles de Culture (Wallis, CH)


Miramiro (Gent, BE), CIRC'UIT (BE), CIRKLABO (Leuven, BE), Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof (Neerpelt, BE)

Residencies, workplaces

UP - Circus & Performing Arts (Brussel, BE), deRUIMTE (Leuven, BE), Tent (Amsterdam, NL), Panama pictures ('s Hertogenbosch, NL), Latitude 50 (Marchin, BE)