A show set in a square about a beauty ideal that really hurts.
In a world filled with smooth, wrinkle-free beauty, Studio ORKA demonstrates how for some, not a single outfit will fit. Because some people struggle with their body and who they want to be. A story about how a seemingly perfect exterior can chafe against an unhappy interior. Pied-de-poule is French for cock’s foot and also the name of the abstract block pattern often seen on clothing.
Here we choose craft over graft.
Hundreds of yards of cloth, swinging sewing machines
with a whiff of moth ball here or there.
Big, tall, thin, fat people glide by, steeped or sideways bent,
and some with cuts and bruises.
Every once in a while, one comes knocking.
To get a touch-up or reattach a button.
Or for ‘something tailor-made, wouldn’t that be great?’.
Studio ORKA are regulars at Tweetakt; their biggest hits include the award winning Berninna (2010). Or 2015’s Zoutloos, set in a retirement home, and 2018’s Inuk, played outside an asylum seekers’ centre. Studio ORKA make site-specific family shows whose layered nature appeals to all ages. The organic development of the stories and setting are influenced by the sites where they perform. The sets are their trademark: playful, poetic, and much more than just a stage set. As winners of the Vlaamse Cultuurprijs for TYA and with several selections for the Flemish Theaterfestival, Studio ORKA has secured a strong footing in the stage world.