Pieter De Buysser / ROBIN [BE]
27.09 – 28.09.2019
Too many undemocratic decisions?
Or too many democratic decisions with a harmful outcome?
A small society of well-meaning experts, intellectuals, academics, and philanthropists can no longer stand it. They must save democracy from its suicidal tendencies. They need to protect crashing emancipation movements from total loss. Meeting in the anonymous corners of Europe, they forged a plan.
Choosing a dead-ordinary man, they inspired, manipulated and persistently guided him through the political landscape. He had to embody the values and insights of this elite. And at the same time, be constantly supported by the most diverse layers of the population.
In the manner of old rabbis, the society moulded Lukas Alberg, father of two, into a decoy. Step one is to expand democracy. Step two is to lay the resentment and identity fetishism to rest. Like a golem emerging from the silt of Europe’s magical subconscious, the decoy crawls forth.
• Pieter De Buysser is an author, film- and theatre maker. He has been a regular guest at Kaaitheater since the premiere of Book Burning in 2012. The interweaving of fact and fiction, exercises in imagining possibilities, and devising forms of resistance are a number of the recurring themes in his work. Last season, he presented The Tip of the Tongue at the Brussels Planetarium 11 times.
text & direction Pieter De Buysser | live performance Gillis Biesheuvel, Pieter De Buysser, Herman Sorgeloos, Suleiman Abdulmohsen | recorded performance Jessica Fanhan, Graham Vincent, Mieke Quintens, Simon Arazi, Jef Stevens, Ellen Goemans, Issam Daka, Maarten Degraeuwe, Miles O'Shea, Musia Mwankumi, Jan Krause, Vladimir Javorski, Jodie Hruby, Ondrej Hrab, Wouter Hendrickx, Gonçalo Waddington, Effi Weiss a.o. | production & dramaturgy Elisa Demarré | scenography & visual dramaturgy Herman Sorgeloos | decor & props Hugh Roche Kelly | video & projection Quinten Vanagt, Gertjan Biasino | production assistant Leen Gebruers | media design & concept Sam Metcalfe | English translation Jodie Hruby | French translation Anne Vanderschueren l production ROBIN | co-production Kaaitheater, BIT Teatergarasjen, Archa Theater | thanks to Campo, Théâtre Garonne, Staatstheater Mainz, | support de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, VGC