Guy Cassiers / Toneelhuis [Antwerp]

Mefisto for ever

Mefisto for ever
Mefisto for ever

21.10.2008

Art, politics and power

In the three-part theatre series, Triptiek van de macht, Guy Cassiers focuses on the complex relationship between art, politics and power.

Part one, Mefisto for ever, is Tom Lanoye’s adaptation of Mephisto, a 1936 novel by Klaus Mann. The piece tells the story of an actor who is willingly seduced and misled by a fascist political system.

Part two, Wolfskers, derives from three film scenarios by the Russian film-maker Alexandr Sokurov, which were adapted by Jeroen Olyslaegers. In Wolfskers we see three leaders – Lenin, Hitler and Hirohito – at a time when they are starting to lose their grip on reality.

Part three, Atropa, centres on the Trojan War. The Greek general Agamemnon is confronted with the victims of his decisions. This involved Tom Lanoye rewriting several Greek tragedies. Here, as in his other plays, Guy Cassiers is a subtle master at combining the written word, image and acting.


director Guy Cassiers | text Tom Lanoye (after Klaus Mann) | with Gilda De Bal, Josse De Pauw, Vic De Wachter, Abke Haring, Marc Van Eeghem, Dirk Roofthooft, Katelijne Damen, Suzanne Grotenhuis | dramaturgy Corien Baart, Erwin Jans | scenography Marc Warning | styling, set design Enrico Bagnoli, Diederik De Cock, Arjen Klerkx | costumes Tim Van Steenbergen | assistant costumes Mieke Van Buggenhout | production Toneelhuis (Antwerp) | thank to Peter Gorissen, Stefan Perceval, Katelijne Verbeke, Ariane van Vliet