1981 - De Slungels
had its premiere in the 1981 Holland Festival. 'The Slungels' was performed
by robots claiming human rights and humans behaving like robots.The fact that
the audience was watching robot actors in a cyberplay avant-la-lettre for about
one and a half hour caused a riot in the respectable Holland Festival.
After the Holland
Festival performances Waisvisz took the robots on the road as his band. The
Slungels performed in many European cities. One of the memorable presentations
took place in the Wroclaw theater festival just before marshal law was declared
in Poland. The audience consisted mainly of nuns and military people and some
civilians. They probably came to check out their more western oriented future.
Nowadays what remains
of The Slungles can be found in one of the basement rooms of STEIM in Amsterdam.
Today The Slungels
would be better understood, they didn't die for nothing.