Works: Dolores Bouckaert


Everybody has to leave home sometime

Playwright and visual artist Dolores Bouckaert stages Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath, a dark story about female agency and independence, about life and death.

The intimate performance Everybody has to leave home sometime focusses on the choices Mary Ventura faces. As a young woman, Mary is placed on a train by her parents for a journey with no stops and to an unknown destination. She feels anxious and afraid, she does not want to go along with the others on the train. One special passenger points out that she does have a choice: ‘Pull the emergency brake Mary!’ Mary does not go along with the others and instead chooses the unknown. Can we also pull the emergency brake? How can you break the continuous movement that drives you on? Is quitting a solution? Does free will really exist? Or are we in any case subject to outside factors that impose a direction on us? These are the questions that Dolores Bouckaert addresses in this musical and cinematographic performance, in which she is joined on stage by musician Micha Volders.


Concept: Dolores Bouckaert in collaboration with Charlotte Bouckaert Performance: Dolores Bouckaert Music: Micha Volders (live) & Benjamin Glorieux Light and technical support: Kurt Vandendriessche Production: Hiros Coproduction: Bozar Residency support: workspacebrussels, Kunstenwerkplaats KWP, les ballets C de la B Commissioned by: EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS