The deepest depths of my soul frozen water
From the very first snowflake I have longed
For warmth, fire, flame, the blaze
From the very start I have waited for later
Boat & Berg tells the story from the perspective of the iceberg, singing of its own fate - the iceberg that goes looking for the boat and ultimately embraces it. Both the boat and the iceberg perish, joining each other at the bottom of the ocean.
Josse De Pauw and Peter Vermeersch previously collaborated on the legendary Weg in 1998. Weg is a milestone in the oeuvre of Josse De Pauw and the history of musical theatre. With this production, De Pauw set a new standard for musical theatre in the Low Countries. Marianne Van Kerkhoven writes, “De Pauw’s text, an associative patchwork of subplots in diverse linguistic idioms, echoes the Peter Vermeersch’s composition, as a cluster of diverse musical styles. On the stage, all of these disparate sounds and words merge to form a single large spoken concert in which the performers act as a single body. Josse De Pauw’s dream of some day achieving the freedom on the theatre stage that improvisational jazz musicians enjoy on the sound stage is realised here. Everything comes together when this is shared with the audience.”
In 2000, Vermeersch and De Pauw collaborated again on Larf, this time along with the entire Flat Earth Society.
Now they have reached a new stage in their collaboration with Boat & Berg.