Works: Sarah Vanhee

Lecture For Every One, © Linda Sepp

We Are Before

Lecture-performance (70min)

At the occasion of 7 years Lecture For Every One, Sarah Vanhee made a performance with stories and memories, looking at the places where, today, we are supposed to be “together.”

For the past seven years of her life, Vanhee was an intruder. Unasked and uninvited, she walked into meeting-rooms, and started to speak about how we live together as human beings, about society as a co-creation by every-one. One could see her intervention as a bomb or as a gift. People were surprised, shocked, moved, angry. With her guerilla-speech, she tried to transform any meeting into a political moment. She surprised more than 10.000 people this way, interrupting their daily routines by asking big and small questions about life. She always said the same words, and called it Lecture For Every One. It spread over twelve different countries but remained largely invisible. Like a virus. This is not fiction, this really happened.

Now she wants to share this story about words, love, violence and connection. About people alone and together. It’s a story about what it means to speak up, today. About the (im)possibility to address every-one. And about how we are always beforeBefore the war starts, before you kiss, before you really decide. How today also, we are before.

Vanhee made a book about this project, which is for sale here.


Performance & text: Sarah Vanhee Set design: Astrid Fieuws Production: Manyone Co-production: CAMPO, Vooruit, kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, STUK, BIT Teatergarasjen, Skogen With support of: the Flemish Community