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De Warme Winkel
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In recent years, the Dutch actors collective De Warme Winkel has made a name for itself with a series of performances on five people from the Austrian arts. In association with various guest actors and directors, the group has immersed itself in the life and work of Thomas Bernhard, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stefan Zweig, Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka. Under the title Viennese Autumn, the Kaaitheater and the cultural centres in Strombeek and Dilbeek are presenting four of these five pieces in the Brussels area.
  
The series provides a splendid picture of Vienna at the turn of the century. In around 1900, Vienna was the cultural capital of Europe and a magnet to everyone who wanted to be involved in the arts in any way. At the heart of the flourishing Habsburg empire, literature, the fine arts and theatre thrived to an unprecedented degree and intensity. However, over this dazzling period – into which a certain decadence was undeniably woven – hung the approaching catastrophe of the Great War, which signalled the end of this culture. In these productions, the beginning of last century was taken as a mirror for the beginning of the present one, and the dying Habsburg empire is seen as a metaphor for Europe. This means Viennese Autumn is something like a melancholy warning. After all, who, at the end of the century, could have imagined what disasters were in store for Europe?

• Since 2002 De Warme Winkel has been making plays based on a fascination with history and a love of literature. Their theatre work is energetic, performative and visual. They avail themselves of a wild imagination and every possible acting style and influence: from Stanislavski to Artaud and from ballet to slapstick. Kokoschka, the fifth part of Viennese Autumn, was shown during last year’s Theatre Festival.
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Kaaistudios
De Warme Winkel
11-12/10/2011
Weense Herfst - In his posthumous autobiography The World of Yesterday Stefan Zweig creates an impressive image of the old Europe. De Warme Winkel energetically forges Zweig’s life-story into unruly and intriguing theatre.
In Dutch
theatre
Het Neerhof
De Warme Winkel
14-15-16/10/2011
Rainer Maria Rilke is one of the most important poets in the German language. In Rainer Maria, the group brings to life this tormented writer and his work. This production was widely acclaimed as from its premiere in a barn at the 2007 Oerol open-air festival in the Netherlands. It is now being performed in the barn at Het Neerhof farm in Dilbeek.
In Dutch
theatre
De Kring
De Warme Winkel
18-19/10/2011
Weense Herfst - Thomas Bernhard was a razor-sharp analyst and pessimist, who in his dark plays inimitably took apart the illusions of the day. His oeuvre is characterised by an abhorrence of Austria and its culture, lacerating comments, an exceptionally wry humour and characters who act without thinking. In these respects, Total Thomas does credit to Bernhard. This production celebrates the paradox of his existence, because although he hated art and constantly shed doubt on the sense of it, he frantically continued to produce it.
In Dutch
theatre
Kaaitheater
De Warme Winkel
Alma »
22/10/2011
Weense Herfst - Alma was a muse to many. Symphonies, operas and other compositions were dedicated to her. Alma’s life ran parallel to the surging cultural revolution of the decadent fin de siècle in Vienna. Alma was the wife of Gustav Mahler, and hostess in her own notorious and extravagant salons. The whole of the cultural elite of the time passed through her drawing room. In Alma, De Warme Winkel disentangles this jumble of stories and its actors bring this dangerous muse to life.

In Dutch
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Kaaicafé
Kaaitheater
22/10/2011
Weense Herfst - Chantal Pattyn kijkt samen met de acteurs van De Warme Winkel terug op de vier producties van Weense Herfst en op de thema’s die erin worden aangereikt. Wij zorgen voor Weense ambiance.
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