Antigone in Molenbeek + Tiresias [double bill]

Antigone in Molenbeek + Tiresias [double bill]
Antigone in Molenbeek + Tiresias [double bill]

Antigone in Molenbeek stands alone as a production.
But at the same time, it forms a diptych with Tiresias.

Guy Cassiers: “Both Antigone and Tiresias oppose the political, social and sexual categories that society employs. They extract themselves from the identity imposed on them and passionately demand their own voice and their own difference. In both productions, this drama is enhanced by the music of Shostakovich.”


Guy Cassiers / Toneelhuis [BE]

Antigone in Molenbeek

Antigone in Molenbeek
Antigone in Molenbeek

In early 2016, the president of a major country labelled Molenbeek a ‘Hellhole’. Stefan Hertmans had already started working on Antigone in Molenbeek at that point. In this unrelenting tale, a young woman searches for the body of her dead brother. Referring to Sophocles’ tragedy, Hertmans wrote a relevant, compelling and poetic theatre monologue about empathizing with somebody who becomes completely isolated: the sister of a suicide bomber. Nouria only wants one thing, and that is to bury her brother – but the authorities will not release his mortal remains. When she tries to access the Forensic Centre where the corpse is stored, everything goes wrong. What is the extent of our humanity? Whom do we consider to be our fellow human and whom don’t we?

• Guy Cassiers directs actress and theatremaker Sachli Gholamalizad. The script engages in dialogue with the final string quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich, in which the composer said farewell to life.


regie Guy Cassiers | tekst Stefan Hertmans | Antigone in Molenbeek is een uitgave van De Bezige Bij | met Sachli Gholamalizad | vormgeving & video Charlotte Bouckaert | muziek Danel Quartet  | productie Toneelhuis | coproductie Danel Kwartet | met de steun van Casa Kafka Pictures - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius


Guy Cassiers / Toneelhuis [BE]

Tiresias

Tiresias
Tiresias

In the sound poem Tiresias, British author and spoken word artist Kate Tempest lets identity slip from man to woman to blind visionary. Katelijne Damen embodies the transforming character, and thus asks incisive questions about identity. Tempest situates the theme in the midst of a contemporary urban context in which people are increasingly at risk of losing a sense of themselves. Tiresias is a fifteen-year-old boy who transforms into a woman, and ultimately into a prophet to whom nobody listens. Tempest’s language attests to exceptional playfulness and concreteness. Cassiers juxtaposes the voice of Tiresias with Dmitri Shostakovich’s eighth symphony, performed live by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

• In 2013, Guy Cassiers created the monologue Orlando – based on Virginia Woolf – with Katelijne Damen, which was also staged at Kaaitheater. The 33-year-old Kate Tempest has won numerous awards for her poems and novels and she sells out major venues with her spoken word performances.


regie Guy Cassiers | naar Tiresias van Kate Tempest | met Katelijne Damen | vormgeving & video Charlotte Bouckaert | muziek Antwerp Symphony Orchestra | productie Toneelhuis | coproductie Antwerp Symphony Orchestra | met de steun van Casa Kafka Pictures - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius