Dansen Drinken Betalen (Adriaan Van Aken, Het Nieuwstedelijk & HETPALEIS)

A teenage girl runs away from home to the city. Nobody notices, but is there actually someone looking out for her? Belgium’s foremost graphic novel artist, Philip Paquet, and playwright/director Adriaan Van Aken’s urban adult comic book is brought vividly to life, fusing together live voices, dynamic video, projection, sound and music into a thrilling after-dark fantasia of theatre and art.

Adriaan Van Aken text, concept, director Philip Paquet drawings Joris Caluwaerts Music Sara Vertongen play, translation Inne Eysermans title song Kristof Van Perre en Adriaan Van Aken video editing and FX Geert De Vleesschauwer video, light design Thomas Verachtert light design Tom Buys Sound 
At Edinburgh Fringe LAST CALL is presented by HET NIEUWSTEDELIJK, BIG IN BELGIUM, RICHARD JORDAN, THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH
 

What it looks like 
Last Call
 is the English version of Dansen Drinken Betalen – (almost) The Movie. It is in fact almost a movie. But it's also a lot more than that. Playwright and theater director Adriaan Van Aken and graphic artist Philip Paquet transformed their new comic book into a dynamic video projection for the big screen. Live on stage, actress Sara Vertongen and keyboard miracle Joris Caluwaerts (well known Belgian pop bands Zita Swoon, Stuff, Magnus,...), add voices, sounds and music to the graphic story. Result? The most vivid and at the same time most comfortable reading of a comic book that you could ever wish for.

Comic book experience on stage 
Dansen Drinken Betalen is the title of the third comic book that Adriaan Van Aken has made with illustrator Philip Paquet. It's the third album that contains a CD. In the first two albums, the CD contained music to go along with the graphic story, following the reader's reading pace. In their latest album the comic book only gives the reader the images, while text and music are on the CD in the back. The audio play can also be enjoyed without the book. But when you combine both, you see and experience the most. Dansen Drinken Betalen - (almost) The Movie, now translated into Last Call, is the live version of this graphic novel + CD. The images are projected on a big screen in a nice and dynamic way while music and voices are performed live. We call it 'almost a movie' - it even has (James Bond-wise) a classic 'theme song' by Inne Eysermans (well known Belgian pop band Amatorski) to go with it - but of course the live experience makes it a lot more just a movie. In 2017/2018 Van Aken, Paquet and musician Joris Caluwaerts will be working on a new, completely digital audio-based comic book, that will go by the name of First Contact. It's an application for iPad and other tablets. Viewers will be able to watch the book as a video or to experience it chapter by chapter in an interactive way. The live version will be ready in december 2017.

Read more on the website of Het nieuwstedelijk

De bijna naïeve tekeningen van Philip Paquet, pontificaal op het achterdoek, zoomen extra in op het ontroerende detail.*** Wouter Hillaert in De Standaard
Hoe prikkelend de vorm ook mag zijn, Dansen Drinken Betalen beklijft nog het meest door de inhoud. (Gazet Van Antwerpen)

SHARE