The Humans tells the story of two spirits named Tophole and Pantalingua, who would rather see the Earth not created. The work is modeled on the comic writings of Aristophanes and set during the dawn of time and space. In a battle against the egomaniacal Creator, Tophole and Pantalingua conspire their way to an accidental Paradise Lost, ultimately corrupting the eponymous humans being portrayed as a vast, songful, and statuesque Greek chorus into the flawed mortals we are today.
Director & writer: Alexandre Singh
Producer: Maaike Gouwenberg
Choreography and Assistant Director: Flora Sans
Costume Design: Holly Waddington
Light Design: Guus van Geffen
Music: Gerry Arling, Rik Elstgeest and Bo Koek in collaboration with Annelinde Bruijs, Robbert Klein and Amir Vahidi
Mask design: Alexandre Singh
Set design: Alexandre Singh, Jessica Tankard
Ms.Chief: Simona Bitmate
Harry Foulbreech: Jesse Briton
Pantalingua: Elizabeth Cadwallader
Tophole: Sam Crane
Charles Ray: Phillip Edgerley
Vernon/31: Ryan Kiggell
N: Flora Sans
Annelinde Bruijs, Sanna Elon Vrij, Folkert van Diggelen, Dook van Dijck, Loulou Hameleers, Lucia Kiel, Suzanne Kipping, Robbert Klein, Gerty Van de Perre, Amir Vahidi, Sanne den Besten, Lucas Schilperoort
Alexandre Singh was invited by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, to develop The Humans at Witte de With from April 2012 to January 2013, after which he continued to work on the play in Rotterdam. Singh shared and developed his research and production through public presentations of his work-in-progress centered around thematic monthly public events titled Causeries. During these public conversations Singh looked at topics ranging from cosmology and cosmogony to satire, theatrical costumes, and scatology as well as key inspirational figures such as Aristophanes, Alexander Pope, P.G. Wodehouse, William Hogarth, John Ruskin, South Park andWoody Allen, resulting in this full-fledged theatrical account of the universe's creation.
The Humans is commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Performa 13. The Humans is co-produced by LLC Preromainbritain; Witte de With; Productiehuis Rotterdam; Rotterdamse Schouwburg and Performa 13.
It is presented in partnership with festival De Keuze and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Production partners: A.P.E and Codarts Rotterdam
AGI Verona Collection and the Private Collection Asiago, Art:Concept (Paris), Codarts Rotterdam, Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Rotterdam Dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Institut Français, Le Meurice (Paris), Monitor (Rome), Preromanbritain LLC., Sprüth Magers Berlin London, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds
All images by Sanne Peper