A performance at the center of humor and actuality.
In times of migration and increasing control, "Checkpoint Henry" is created for the relief: the world's smallest customs post.
A quirky control freak is stationed at a festival with his customs post (which happens to be as big as a caravan).
Henry points out to the visitors what the conditions of their stay are: it is a performance full of positive and sometimes absurd rules of conduct.
He gives the audience for example a civic integration course through a handy shadow play, clarifies codes of conduct in his office and makes a whole game of an absurdly small barrier.
The purpose is that the visitors of the post can leave the checkpoint with a big smile and a valid visa.
Custom-made visa cards are made on location that can be stamped.
Checkpoint Henry is a comic one-man performance full of fantasy and interaction. The search for contact with the public is central. Henry is the intermediate post between two worlds: the outer and the inner world, the’ us’ versus the ‘they-thinking’.
The artist comes from Belgium
Playing times: 2 to 3 x 1 hours a day
Number of artists: 1 + 1 assistent
Age: from 9 years old
Street performance, before or after the entrance of a festival, a passageway or in a semicircle: 4mx8m
- A free parkingspace for a van and trailerclose to the playing area.
- A clean, safe and lockable dressingroom (eventually heated) with a chair, mirror, a table, close to the bahtroom facilities and the start of their performance.
A shower with warm water
1 bottle of water
- The organizer is responsible for the safety
- If the acts are performed abroad, if it is too late to go home or if they have to play several days the organization needs to provide hotel accommodations for the team, meals and beverages. (2 persons)
- For day performances the artists would welcome a breakfast/lunch with beverages and for evening shows a dinner. (2 persons)
- The date is only set when the contract has been signed