Jan Decorte / Bloet vzw, Kaaitheater & de Roovers [Brussels/Copenhagen]




‘Ich glaube an Konflikt. Sonst glaube ich an nichts,’ wrote the German author Heiner Müller (1929-1995) in 1982. His plays are among the most important added to the international repertoire in the course of the 20th century. Jan Decorte was one of the first theatre-makers in Flanders to work with these whimsical, poetical, seemingly untheatrical plays. As early as 1970, he played the title role in Filoktetes at the Mechels Miniatuurtheater. In 1982 he directed a memorable and penetrating Hamletmaschine (preceded by Mauser) for Het Trojaanse Paard and the Beursschouwburg. Now, 25 years later he would again like to confront the wildness and radicality of Müller’s work. Decorte will be working on parts of such plays as Herakles 2 or the Hydra, Heart Play, Hamletmaschine and Verkommenes ufer Medeamaterial Landschaft mit Argonauten. Müller’s work is being translated by Decorte’s partner in life and art, Sigrid Vinks, who will also appear on stage together with Decorte and Sara De Bosschere. Once again, the set and costumes will be designed by Johan Daenen and Sofie D’Hoore respectively.

Anyone who saw Jan Decorte’s unforgettably beautiful production of Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas earlier this season will undoubtedly look forward to his renewed encounter with Heiner Müller. In the closing event of the season we shall be showing a first hint of this Müller production, which will be on the bill in the course of the 2007-8 season.

Subsequently, a new short film by the Danish artist Joachim Koester will be screened as a preview. It is called Tarantism and was shot in the Kaaitheaterstudio’s this March. Seven dancers give a playful interpretation of a ‘dance cure’ for anyone bitten by a tarantula.

Jan Decorte, Müller/Traktor
avec Jan Decorte, Sigrid Vinks, Sara De Bosschere
décor Johan Daenen
costumes Sofie D’Hoore
musique Geoffrey Burton
lumière Luc Schaltin
production Bloet vzw
coproduction Kaaitheater, De Roovers
avec le soutien des VGC, Vlaamse Regering

Joachim Koester, Tarantism
un film de Joachim Koester
courtesy 2007, Jan Mot, Brussel
danseurs Alexandra Bachzetsis, Carlos Garbin, Martin Kilvady, Liz Kinoshita, Chrysa Parkinson, Ayelén Parolín, Andros Zins-Browne
coproduction Kaaitheater, SMAK, The Danish Arts Agency