Works: Sara Manente

Deborah Robbiano


A mold refers to two very different things: it is a type of fungus but is also a hollow container to cast a specific form or pattern. As a fungus, a mold functions as a mycelial network that grows in ways that seem uncontrollable: connecting, colonizing, infecting, digesting, fruiting and producing spores. As a pattern, a mold is a matrix, a form that shapes malleable matters. MOLD wants to stage the conflict between spontaneous proliferation and casting, between two different logics in the same body.

Drawing on a variety of practices – mycology, fashion, fermentation, dance and sculpture – MOLD approaches the theater machine as a multiplicity of bodies. We want MOLD not only to be a performance but also a farm. An environment where dance, objects, audience, light, music, scents and costumes interact as living cultures. A garden dedicated to cultivating, abandoning, inoculating, braiding, duplicating, sprouting, warming up and decaying.

Watch a video interview with Sara Manente about MOLD here.


Concept and direction: Sara Manente Performance: Marcos Simoes, Gitte Hendrikx, Sara Manente Music: Christophe Albertijn Light: Estelle Gautier Scent and costumes: Sofie Durnez Mycelium: Deborah Robbiano Dramaturgical advice: Jaime Llopis Artistic advice: Edurne Rubio Production: Hiros Co-production: C-TAKT, wpZimmer, Kaaitheater, Kunstencentrum BUDA, WIELS, Far° Festival With the support of: de Vlaamse Overheid Thanks to: XING, Kunst/Werk, Serralves, Günbike Erdemir