Jan Lauwers & Needcompany [BE]
The blind poet
09.06 – 10.06.2017
History is written by the victors. By men. How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? The idea for The bind poet arose when Jan Lauwers visited the Great Mosque of Cordoba. During the Moorish period (711-1031) Cordoba was the commercial and cultural capital of the world. Women were in power and atheism was normal. Paris was then just a provincial town and Charlemagne was illiterate.
The blind poet travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. One of Jan Lauwers’ ancestors was an armourer at the time of Godfrey of Bouillon and joined the crusaders. Needcompany discovers that everyone has a connection or similarity somewhere. The blind poet – having been selected for the Theaterfestival 2016 – returns to Kaaitheater, after an international tour.
‘This is theatre with vitality, real, hard and raw, sensitive and intense. True to life, of flesh and blood!’ – INFERNO MAGAZINE
text, directing, set design Jan Lauwers | music Maarten Seghers | with Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Benoît Gob, Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri | costumes Lot Lemm | assistant to the director, dramaturgy Elke Janssens | production, technique Marjolein Demey, Kurt Bethuyne | sound Ditten Lerooij/Marc Combas | production Needcompany | co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, FIBA– Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm | with the support of the Flemish authorities