Ruud Gielens & Kaaitheater [Brussels]

The moment we knew nothing about each other

The moment we knew nothing about each other
The moment we knew nothing about each other

03.11 – 10.11.2006

A colourful, Ensorian revue about a square in the city and the people who live on it

Last season the theatre-maker Ruud Gielens from Brussels directed a memorable work entitled Het moment waarop we niets van elkaar wisten (The moment we knew nothing about each other), produced by the Kaaitheater. In this wordless play by the Austrian writer Peter Handke, a cast of about 300 people appear on stage only to disappear soon afterwards. It is as if Handke sat down at the side of a square in the city, noted down the passers-by and then gave his imagination free rein to make hay with these visual impressions.

Together with the composer Jan Goovaerts and costume designer Ann Weckx, Ruud Gielens sought his way through Handke’s innumerable and very detailed stage directions. The result was an extraordinarily vital, amusing and colourful production that sketches an episode in the lives of a number of ‘inhabitants living on a square’, supplemented with a whole range of passers-by whose presence may be purely coincidental or not. The Kaaitheater’s main theatre was unrecognisably transformed into a city square, and the balcony, the corridors, the control room and the catwalks were taken also over by about thirty acting, singing and dancing performers.

Het moment waarop we niets van elkaar wisten is an ode to the city where everyone tries to mark out and defend their own territory, where, in an effort to survive, people strike out in anger and even steal from others, and yet are moved to silence by a moment of tenderness or when they become aware of the proximity of death. At the end the stage is empty save for the rubbish and filth that has been left lying there; the traces of those who passed by and lived here very briefly.

Het moment waarop we niets van elkaar wisten was very well received by both the press and the public. Don’t miss this rerun!


texte Peter Handke
mise en scène Ruud Gielens
musique Jan Goovaerts
costumes & accessoires Ann Weckx
jeu Simon Allemeersch, Nico Boon, Zouhaïr Ben Chikha, Chun Hee Lommelen, Iris Van Cauwenbergh, Geert Vandyck, Dries Beugels, Frederik Brants, Nicolas Delalieux, Ellen De Naeyer, Youri Dirkx, Peter Vandenbempt, Philippe Liekens, Evelien Van Hamme, Kristien De Proost & Oma Boon
orchestre Jan Goovaerts, Rob Goovaerts, Jean-Pierre Hallet & Nele Van den Broeck
chœur Tien Callaerts, Edouard De Boey, Veerle Krokaert, Anne Nys, Joke Smedts, Ria Turcksin, Ties Van Hooff, Jan De Hing & Jef Van Laeken
dramaturgie Marianne Van Kerkhoven
assistance à la dramaturgie et à la mise en scène Bart Capelle
stage dramaturgie Mui-Ling Verbist
conseil mouvements Haider Al Timimi
scénographie Ruud Gielens
réalisation costumes papageno Eva Maes, Marie Morel & Ann Weckx
technique & réalisation décor Inne Box, Piet De Koster, Guy Peeters, Luc Schaltin, Chris Segers, Frank Vandezande,  Herman Venderickx & Mark Bisaerts (Kaaitheater)
photographie Kurt Van der Elst
production Kaaitheater
en collaboration avec Canaletto