(c) Astrid & Roel
La Vieille Souche Samuel Rhyner (CH)
  • +8 years
  • LocationHoutdok
  • PriceFree
  • Info

    Sa 20.07 / Su 21.07 - 15:30 & 18:30

    60 min.

About the performance

Have you ever noticed the beauty of a thundercloud about to burst into tears? Can you recall the smell of post-rain humus ? When was the last time you caressed a tree, even a dead one? 

In a dystopian far-future, meet the tree Treborand and the acrodancer Robert. Intertwined, leaning on one another, these two entities exist in sync, supporting each other throughout the one hour acrobatic dialogue that is La vieille souche. Intimate, minimalistic, absurd, optimistic and highly physical, the piece places Trebor and Robert on an equal footing. 

La vieille souche is an ode dedicated to life, in all its absurdity, and to the walnut tree at the edge of the garden of Samuels childhood home; a tree who carried his first “cabanes”, the early sorrows of his heart, and who still wears – proudly – the scars of the swing’s ropes. 


  • This performance contains mostly visual elements.
  • This performance takes place in the public space.
  • Parking is possible at Gent Dampoort station.
  • The location is accessible by public transport, stop Gent Aziëstraat.


With thanks to

Artistic Team : 

Tree : Trebor Quercus Robur  

Artist, performer, maker : Samuel Rhyner 

Technician : Jef Delva 

Music : Samuel Rhyner, with the help of Pierrick Bacher 

Costume and special effects : Menno Boerdam  

Choreographic support : Piet Van Dycke 

Dramaturgical support : Franka Tremblay 

Outside eye : Adele Didelez, Lina Isaksson, Samantha Cunningham 

Scenographic advice : Sammy Van Den Heuvel 

Scenographic construction : Martin Baarda and Luc Cauwenberghs 

Light design : Bart Verzellenberg 

Trailer and pictures : Astrid & Roel 


Miramiro (Gent, BE), CIRC’UIT (BE), CIRKLABO (Leuven, BE), Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof (Neerpelt, BE) 


UP – Circus & Performing Arts (Brussels, BE), deRUIMTE (Leuven, BE), Tent (Amsterdam, NL), Panama pictures (’s Hertogenbosch, NL), Latitude 50 (Marchin, Be)
Supported by Etincelles de Culture (Valais, CH)