Ylka and Thomas are having their house renovated. Two renovators have been at work for months, but the plans keep changing. The renovation becomes a metaphor for all the futile tinkering on a marriage that doesn’t work. De verbouwing is a sublime blend of humour and sorrow.
De Schpountz is a farce in which misunderstandings between a conceited young artist and a hardworking shopkeeper are settled amid the sausages and the Roquefort cheese. A piece of genuine, captivating folk theatre.
The diptych Manon and Jean van Florette tells the story of an urbanite who takes up residence in a village in le Midi. This ‘alien’ is not really welcome. Comp. Marius performs with a minimal set and a maximum of imagination, in the open air and by daylight.
In CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida), The Wooster Group takes a decidedly American approach to the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s dark and scabrous Trojan War play. A vexing tale of sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero.
How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? In his new creation, Jan Lauwers travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. The Blind Poet is about strong women who throw stones and end up on the stake. About a crusader whose suit of armour is too small.
The bas-relief Les passions humaines by the sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908) created a commotion in royal circles and the church authorities who described it as ‘blasphemous’ and ‘pornographic’. Guy Cassiers uses the work of art as the main character in a Belgian docudrama with a bilingual cast and a text by Erwin Mortier.
It is war. Always war. It's war in the cells. This intimate war is everywhere. At micro and macro levels, and without limitation in time or space. If we are surrounded by an incessant battlefield, of which war is the theatre the setting? Tristero and Transquinquennal are expecting you. With an open mind!
An older man and a young woman have drawn up and signed a contract. The man receives the young woman in his house. She will remain here, says the contract, ‘until what must happen has happened’. In this performance the writer and director Peter Verhelst pays tribute to the recently deceased French director Alain Resnais.
PERFORMATIK 2015 - Visual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx ventures into new territory and creates an ‘all-round show’ in which she draws from her vast archive. A part of that archive – images she uses to ‘theatricalise’ the world – was the basis of her impressive solo exhibition in WIELS.
Theatre-maker and writer Pieter De Buysser and the Estonian artist Maike Lond are creating a performance inspired by the life of Clara Immerwahr. The wife of Fritz Haber, father of chemical warfare. Clara Immerwahr, a brilliant chemist herself, tried to resist her husband's cocktails of war and science.
Maatschappij Discordia! Anyone who is even slightly interested in theatre has already long embraced this group from Amsterdam. Discordia is the ‘mother’ of all theatre collectives and has thoroughly renewed theatre in our country. Discordia performs ionescu, by and about Eugène Ionescu, or: the impertinence of intuition and chance.
In Next Day, the Parisian director Philippe Quesne catapults us into another world. Thirteen children between the ages of 8 and 11 live in a bizarre microcosm without adults. Here dream and reality, music and language, loneliness and group spirit are intertwined.
In Into the Big World we experience a world where everything is observed, named, categorised and therefore domesticated. Gradually however knowledge becomes more complex as the world presents itself as a a system where everything is connected to everything. Can we still capture the world in a single encyclopaedic overview?
In Schiller’s drama Maria Stuart, two legendary queens from European history are at each other’s throats: Elizabeth I of England and Mary Stuart of Scotland. Behind the masks of political power stand two women of flesh and blood. Ivo Van Hove directs a ten-member cast, drawn from the companies of Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Toneelhuis.
A girl reads aloud the thoughts and desires of the man who is spying on her. She talks, provokes, entices, wards off and consoles. Will he go away or will he come to her after all? Six years after The Bult and the Beautiful, in Sirene director Bart Meuleman once again creates a performance that probes the depths of erotic fantasy.
Theatre maker Laila Soliman looks for the story of the 1919 Egyptian revolution in songs, plays and archives. Into this she weaves the story of two theatre divas of that time – the first Muslim women ever to perform on stage, thus unleashing a revolution in theatre and in the lives of many Muslim women. Are there parallels with today’s Tahrir uprisings?
The Great War by Hotel Modern may be performed in a theatre, but you feel like you’re on a miniature film set. Composer Arthur Sauer creates the live ‘sound effects’ and the soundtrack for the haunting images. - cancelled due to planning problems.
In Sounds like War: Kriegserklärung, the Berlin-based performance group andcompany&Co. looks for the relationship between performance art and the art of warfare, creating a sound of battle with space for many voices – maybe an alternative to the so-called ‘concert of European powers’. Davis Freeman closes the evening with a devious performance on violence: What You Need To Know.
Needlapb is a unique opportunity to take a look at the working process and be offered an insight into future Needcompany projects. In this edition, Needcompany shows the initial steps towards two productions for 2015: The Time Between Two Mistakes and The Blind Poet.
Ten million soldiers were killed in WWI. Director Luk Perceval gives them a human face in an evocative polyphony. FRONT gives an impression of life on both sides of this front line: with accounts and characters based on documents of the time, and live music.