and then the doors opened again


and then the doors opened again is a collective act of imagination about the possible futures of theatre written from the moment of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The project brings together 75 visions by artists, scholars, curators and spectators, created in response to a question sent to them by David Weber-Krebs in the middle of the first wave of Covid-19 in Europe: What will happen on your first theatre visit after the lockdown?

While being confined at home, David found himself thinking about the day when theatres would open their doors again. It somehow seemed impossible to picture this moment.

On April 8, 2020, he sent an e-mail to his peers and asked them a simple question: What will happen on your first theatre visit after the lockdown?

It was an invitation to imagine the future of theatre from this very specific moment when theatres were closed and it was not clear how, and when and even if they would open again.

and then the doors opened again is a compilation of imaginings about the future of theatre and a handbook for theatre after Covid-19.

Order and then the doors opened again via the Onomatopee online bookshop here.

Language: English
Binding: sewn and glued
Paper: Arcoprint edizione 1.7 avorio 70 gms (inside)
Edition: 1500
Color: Black/white
Printer: Rob Stolk, Amsterdam (NL)
Font: Sang Blue Republic / Unica77 LL
Image specs: 17 black/white images

david weber-krebs
paula almiron, kristof van baarle, sven age birkeland, antonia baehr, caroline barneaud, nicole beutler, maaike bleeker, julien bruneau, pieter de buysser, alondra castellanos, chloé chignell, amélie coster, jasper delbecke, zoë demoustier, wouter de raeve, charlotte de somviele, katja dreyer, jeroen fabius, silvia fanti, far, nicolas galeazzi, emilie gallier, nada gambier, melih gencboyaci, konstantina georgelou, kristof van gestel, matthieu goeury, maximilian haas, ant hampton, david helbich, marijke hoogenboom, rita hoofwijk, breg horemans, asa horvitz, dolores hulan, mette ingvartsen, myriam van imschoot and marcus bergner (mm), stefan kaegi, edyta kozak, bojana kunst, rudi laermans, sarah van lamsweerde, heike langsdorf, mylène lauzon, andré lepecki, kopano maroga, ivana müller, phoebe osborne, leonie persyn, julie pfleiderer, antoine pickels, amanda piña, jan-philipp possmann, fransien van der putt, irena radmanovic, anna rispoli, martina ruhsam, jonas rutgeerts, nienke scholts, ula sickle, michael simon, karoline skuseth, lara staal, christel stalpaert, danae theodoridou, pankaj tiwari, vera tussing, marie urban, michiel vandevelde, hidde aans verkade, mathilde villeneuve, georg weinand, stefanie wenner, siegmar zacharias, andros zins-browne
onomatopee Z0024
graphic design
bonsma & reist
production assistants
simone basani, katrien reist (arp:brussels)
editorial assistant
simone basani
chris dupuis (EN-FR)
cristopher dunkley
copy editors
steve green, michael blass, diana duta
made possible by
the dutch embassy (brussels), kask & conservatorium, act — art, climate, transition (kaaitheater & theater rotterdam), kunstencentrum vooruit, stuk kunstencentrum, buda kunstencentrum, december dance, kask/school of arts, bit teatergarasjen, far°/fabrique des arts vivants, cialo/umysl, zeitraumexit

and the doors opened again - unfolding the archive

From March 2021, starting from the content of the book And then the doors opened again (Onomatopee, 2020), David Weber-Krebs and Simone Basani have engaged spectators in different countries to think further about spectatorship in and after pandemic times. New speculations, reflections and narrations have been produced through a series of collective workshops, individual talks and walks in Brussels, Skopje and different places in Latvia.

Between the 5th and the 7th of October, Simone Basani will guide a group of participants in unfolding the archive of these collected materials. In this research workshop at Theater Rotterdam, every spectator takes care of a question or a key concept coming from the materials of a previous spectator in order to challenge, explore and articulate it.

workshop dramaturgy: Simone Basani and David Weber-Krebs
assistance: Clara Cucchi

    online collective workshop organized by Lokomotiva, Skopje.

And then the doors opened again continues in Skopje the research phase started in Bruxelles at Kaai, during which a series of spectators share individually their visions about future spectatorship and theatre. Part of the research is also an online collective workshop on the same topic with spectators from Macedonia and abroad.

    open call for A Stroll with David Weber-Krebs published on the Kaaitheater website.

What will happen on your first theatre visit after the lockdown? In March, David wanted to direct the same question to Kaaitheater spectators, during a walk and talk around Kaai building. It happened in March 2021.

take care
by Arie Lengeek

for Art Climate Transition (ACT)

A scientist needs his laboratory to conduct his research. A priest needs his congregation to perform his rituals. A politician needs to walk the corridors of power to perform it. Just so, David Weber-Krebs needs the enclosed space of the theatre, and an audience of spectators to practice care and responsibility. I meet him online and talk about his curiosity, and what becomes visible in the current situation, with the inability to work actually in his workplace, the theatre-space […]

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En toen gingen de deuren van het theater opnieuw open
by Jasper Delva

Tijdens de eerste COVID-19 golf zat de in Brussels gevestigde artiest en onderzoeker David Weber-Krebs thuis. Hij vroeg zich af hoe de dag eruit zou zien wanneer theaters hun deuren terug openen. Daarop stuurde hij een e-mail naar zijn vakgenoten met de vraag: ‘Wat zal er gebeuren op je eerste bezoek aan het theater na de lockdown?’. Dit was een uitnodiging om de toekomst van het theater te verbeelden op een moment dat een heropstart nog niet tot de mogelijkheden behoorde. Al deze impressies zijn nu gebundeld in het boek and then the doors opened again. 

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