A philosophical, absurdist sound performance all about words


BOG. & Het Zuidelijk Toneel

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The average adult has a vocabulary of 40,000 words. These words enable us to express ourselves, communicate and give meaning to things. At the same time, words are often limiting or even confusing. In TAL., the Flemish-Dutch theatre makers that make up BOG. have teamed up with composer Jens Bouttery and a number of bilingual guest actors to dissect the most important tool human beings have at their disposal: language. TAL. is an attempt to talk about language without explicitly naming everything. Forming an eleven strong choir on a tennis court, they go in search of multilingual polyphony to the rhythm of tennis ball machines. Together they present a philosophical, absurd and occasionally Dadaist performance in which language – which can connect us just as much as it can divide us – is taken apart and put back together in wholly new ways.


BOG. is a collection formed of theatre makers Judith de Joode, Benjamin Moen, Sanne Vanderbruggen, Lisa Verbelen, dramaturge Roos Euwe and business manager Anne Baltus.


BOG. makes philosophical, language-related and musical performances about the essential issues affecting everyone’s lives. In every performance, BOG. attempts to transcend their own perspective, to put themselves in other people’s shoes and offer the audience a broader perspective on what it means to be human. BOG. makes uncompromising, singular and open theatre for people of today, working from the conviction that we must seek what connects us as people without losing sight of the value of difference. 


BOG. makes theatre by speaking with experts, peer advisors and its 350 members. By involving a multiplicity of subjective experiences, they endeavour to aim the most objective look possible at the subject at hand.


BOG. has already won awards for its productions, among them BOG. een poging het leven te herstructureren. (KBC Jong Theatre Award, 2013) MEN. de mening herzien (BNG Nieuwe Theatermakersprijs, 2015), KID. (Zilveren Krekel 2018) and Iemand die slaapt.



from and with
Judith de Joode,
Benjamin Moen,
Lisa Verbelen,
Sanne Vanderbruggen,
Jens Bouttery
with a.o.
o.a. Hélène Vrijdag,
Georgy Chtchevaev,
Lucas van der Vegt,
spelers van DOX
musical direction
Jens Bouttery
supervising direction
Suze Milius
in collaboration with

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