Pieter De Buysser / ROBIN [BE]
27.09 – 28.09.2019
Too many undemocratic decisions?
Or too many democratic decisions with a harmful outcome?
A small society of well-meaning experts, intellectuals, academics, and philanthropists can no longer stand it. They must save democracy from its suicidal tendencies. They need to protect crashing emancipation movements from total loss. Meeting in the anonymous corners of Europe, they forged a plan.
Choosing a dead-ordinary man, they inspired, manipulated and persistently guided him through the political landscape. He had to embody the values and insights of this elite. And at the same time, be constantly supported by the most diverse layers of the population.
In the manner of old rabbis, the society moulded Lukas Alberg, father of two, into a decoy. Step one is to expand democracy. Step two is to lay the resentment and identity fetishism to rest. Like a golem emerging from the silt of Europe’s magical subconscious, the decoy crawls forth.
• Pieter De Buysser is an author, film- and theatre maker. He has been a regular guest at Kaaitheater since the premiere of Book Burning in 2012. The interweaving of fact and fiction, exercises in imagining possibilities, and devising forms of resistance are a number of the recurring themes in his work. Last season, he presented The Tip of the Tongue at the Brussels Planetarium 11 times.
text & direction Pieter De Buysser | live performance Gillis Biesheuvel, Pieter De Buysser, Herman Sorgeloos, Suleiman Abdulmohsen, Elisa Demarré | recorded performance Simon Arazi, Issam Daka, Maarten Degraeuwe, Viviane De Muynck, Jessica Fanhan, Ellen Goemans, Wouter Hendrickx, Ondrej Hrab, Jodie Hruby, Vladimir Javorski, Jan Kraus, Musia Mwankumi, Sandra Sara Oklobdzija Raes, Miles O'Shea, Mieke Quintens, Jef Stevens, Graham Vincent, Gonçalo Waddington | dramaturgy Elisa Demarré | production Elisa Demarré, Francesca Pinder | scenography & visual dramaturgy Herman Sorgeloos | decor & props Hugh Roche Kelly | video & projection Quinten Vanagt, Luca Mattei, Gertjan Biasino, Dieter Diependaele | lighting Herman Sorgeloos | camera Jonathan Wannyn | sound video Kwinten Van Laethem | sound design Stijn Demeulenaere | sound recordings Stijn Demeulenaere, Daniel Demoustier | dramaturgical advice Koen Haagdoorns, Varenka Theuninck | makeup artist Peggy Timmermans | production assistant Leen Gebruers | media design Sam Metcalfe | English translation Jodie Hruby | French translation Anne Vanderschueren | promotional image Sylvie Mikulcova | production ROBIN | co-production Kaaitheater, BIT Teatergarasjen, Archa Theater | thanks to Campo, Théâtre Garonne, Staatstheater Mainz, Sarah Vanagt, Effi Weiss | support De Vlaamse Gemeenschap, VGC, het Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren