Past and present classics
Who is not familiar with this legend? Shakespeare made a tragedy of it and Mankiewicz turned it into a masterful, insanely expensive Hollywood film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In his version, Tiago Rodrigues does not opt for the monumentality of the legend but goes for a refined distillation.
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. For sixty years, the artistic careers of Valda Setterfield and Gus Solomons Jr. were linked to the most prominent artists and artistic developments. Eszter Salamon convinced the now 82-year old Setterfield and the 76-year old Solomon to appear on stage.
Ne Swarte is a new text by Jan Decorte, based on Shakespeare’s Othello. In this radical, poetic rewriting, Jan Decorte debones the classic text. Beneath the simple narrative lies a profound truth that directly touches on the mystery of life.
In 1993 Jolente De Keersmaeker and Damiaan De Schrijver, together with Julien Schoenaerts, created Gewoon Ingewikkeld, based on Einfach Kompliziert by Thomas Bernhard. It was inevitable that Bernhard would continue to be one of STAN’s fellow travellers. Now the theatre company presents three Bernhard adaptations as a trilogy: a true Bernhard marathon that is around six hours long.
The improvisations of the American choreographer Steve Paxton to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations are unforgettable for anyone who ever witnessed them. Paxton began the project in 1984 and stopped in 1992. For ten days, video artist Walter Verdin followed the movements of the improvising Paxton and edited a striking 54 minute-long dance film.
Forced Entertainment performs Shakespeare’s complete works in only six days. In 36 mini plays that are as funny and fascinating as they are accessible, the theatre pioneers demonstrate their impressive storytelling power yet again. The cast? Everyday home, garden, and kitchen objects. The stage? A one-metre table top.
Exactly one hundred years after the October Revolution in Russia, Eric Sleichim and BL!NDMAN [strings] are presenting a new sound score to the legendary film Arsenal by director Alexander Dovzhenko. Along with Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Arsenal is rightly considered to be one of the revolutionary masterpieces of Soviet cinema.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and pianist Alain Franco are joining forces again. Their 2008 production Zeitung – an exploration of the essential intersection of music and dance – forms the fascinating premise for a new creation, with Louis Nam Le Van Ho as a third choreographer at the wheel.
July 1968. The legendary Paradise Now by The Living Theatre premieres at the Festival d’Avignon. The actors attempted to unleash a revolution by getting the audience into a state of readiness. Half a century later, Michiel Vandevelde is exploring the vestiges of the legacy of May ’68. Will new future perspectives open up when thirteen young people survey a half century of history in a wild choreography of iconic images?
Tibaldus is presenting Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy by the Polish avant-garde author Witold Gombrowicz. The performance area is a circle on the stage. As a viewer, you enter this arena in which a veritable battle unfolds. In the hands of these young performers, Gombrowicz’s absurd universe gets a fresh and playful update!