Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

Fight Night by Ontroerend Goed

Sep 12, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Sep 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Tickets Start at $50 (Plus Applicable Fees)

About the Show

Fight Night, from Belgian theater and performance group Ontroerend Goed, invites audiences to participate in an impartial examination of democratic principles through a series of live votes.

US Premiere

Five contenders. Five rounds. Your vote. Only one will survive. The stakes: your attention, your love, your approval, your laughter, your compassion, your weak spot, your guilty pleasure, your heart, your support, your choice. We help you to decide through random checks, voting signposts, coalitions, campaigns, debates, consultants, exit polls, spin doctors, opinion gauges, list pushers, referendums. We’ll do anything to make the best not win.

More than a decade after its premiere, this critically acclaimed theatrical exploration of democracy is being remade to reflect a changed world. Fight Night, from Belgian theater and performance group Ontroerend Goed, invites audiences to participate in a series of live votes, dwindling five contenders down to one winner. Without any mention of American politics, this impartial examination of democratic principles highlights the sweeping distrust of a previously unimpeachable system of power. 

On September 12, the Gaillard Center will host a pre-show panel discussion featuring a diverse cross section of speakers examining the role the arts and artists play within the framework of democracy. (More details to be announced.)

“A cross between Big Brother and an Italian general election.”

The Independent, Paul Vallely

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About Ontroerend Goed

The Belgian theatre-performance-group Ontroerend Goed (a punning name, roughly translated as “Feel Estate”) produces self-devised work grounded in the here and now, inviting their audiences to participate as well as observe. Whether they are performing backwards, turning spectators into voters who eliminate actors, guiding strangers through a labyrinth of mirrors and avatars to meet themselves, or placing the audience at the controls of the financial system, the company has made it its trademark to be unpredictable in content and form.

They first emerged on the international scene in 2007, with The Smile Off Your Face, a one-on-one show in which the audience is tied to a wheelchair and then blindfolded. Their hit show Once and For All… was an uncompromising celebration of raw teenage energy on stage. Since then, the Belgian company has won numerous prizes across Europe and has hit New York, Berlin, Sydney, Singapore and London to critical acclaim. Ontroerend Goed tours worldwide and creates remakes of their productions in other languages: there are versions in Russian, French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Kazakh, among others.

Ontroerend Goed delivers intense experiences built in the reality of theater. Convinced that life goes on during a performance, the group fabricates possible realities that question how we as individuals position ourselves in the world today. Led by artistic director Alexander Devriendt, the collective is convinced that every idea deserves its own brand of artistic expression, the company cherishes a sense of ownership for every single contributor to their work, from actors to light designers, scenographers to conceptual thinkers.

Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.