Dominique Pauwels, Pieter de Buysser & Inne Goris / LOD [Ghent]




Apology of human weakness

An alternative account of Jesus' suffering and death. Composed by Dominique Pauwels, with text by Pieter De Buysser. Directed by Inne Goris.

Someone approaches and says: "imagine I am Judas." There is something vitally important he needs to tell us. We do not know who he really is. He draws us so deeply into his story we no longer care whether he really is Judas. The story he tells us is one that we all know, told from a different perspective. He has his reasons for choosing Judas' point of view. His plea is one for forgiveness, for understanding. For him, but also for his ideas about the world and humanity. For the archetype of the traitor.

With their Judas Passion Dominique Pauwels and Pieter De Buysser re-establish contact with the ethical and societal questions of our time. Not only do they reflect on humankind, also political and philosophical topics are brought forward. Apart from a number of singers, an orchestra (B'Rock) and a choir (Collegium Vocale, represented by an installation of speakers), renowned philosophers will be holding short speeches.

concept, composition, adaptation  Dominique Pauwels |  text  Pieter De Buysser direction  Inne Goris |  music direction Frank Agsteribbe |  performed by  Bonita Hyman, Romain Bischoff, Kadi Abdelmalek, B'Rock, Collegium Vocale Gent (pre-recorded), Haruka Sugihara, Korneel Van Neste & Wouter Valvekens (childrens choir Vlaamse Opera, coached by Hendrik Derolez) | keyboard and electronics Benjamin Van Esser | repetiteur Geert Callaert |  costumes Lieve Meeussen | design Michiel Van Cauwelaert | light design Francis Gahide | translation Peter Connelly (English), Tomer Eilon (Hebrew), Allal Bou-Rqia (Arabic) | technique Leo Verlinden, Pino Etz, Diederik Suykens, Stijn Edge, Marc Combas | production  LOD (Ghent) |  coproduction  B'Rock (Ghent), Collegium Vocale (Ghent),  Concertgebouw (Bruges) | support Vlaamse Opera