In CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida), The Wooster Group takes a decidedly American approach to the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s dark and scabrous Trojan War play. A vexing tale of sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero.
How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? In his new creation, Jan Lauwers travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. The Blind Poet is about strong women who throw stones and end up on the stake. About a crusader whose suit of armour is too small.
It is war. Always war. It's war in the cells. This intimate war is everywhere. At micro and macro levels, and without limitation in time or space. If we are surrounded by an incessant battlefield, of which war is the theatre the setting? Tristero and Transquinquennal are expecting you. With an open mind!
PERFORMATIK 2015 - Visual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx ventures into new territory and creates an ‘all-round show’ in which she draws from her vast archive. A part of that archive – images she uses to ‘theatricalise’ the world – was the basis of her impressive solo exhibition in WIELS.
In Next Day, the Parisian director Philippe Quesne catapults us into another world. Thirteen children between the ages of 8 and 11 live in a bizarre microcosm without adults. Here dream and reality, music and language, loneliness and group spirit are intertwined.
In Schiller’s drama Maria Stuart, two legendary queens from European history are at each other’s throats: Elizabeth I of England and Mary Stuart of Scotland. Behind the masks of political power stand two women of flesh and blood. Ivo Van Hove directs a ten-member cast, drawn from the companies of Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Toneelhuis.
The Great War by Hotel Modern may be performed in a theatre, but you feel like you’re on a miniature film set. Composer Arthur Sauer creates the live ‘sound effects’ and the soundtrack for the haunting images. - cancelled due to planning problems.
Needlapb is a unique opportunity to take a look at the working process and be offered an insight into future Needcompany projects. In this edition, Needcompany shows the initial steps towards two productions for 2015: The Time Between Two Mistakes and The Blind Poet.
Ten million soldiers were killed in WWI. Director Luk Perceval gives them a human face in an evocative polyphony. FRONT gives an impression of life on both sides of this front line: with accounts and characters based on documents of the time, and live music.
In Drugs kept me alive Jan Fabre describes a mortal, a life that is teetering on the edge of death. The closer to death, the more pills, sachets and drinks are needed to undershore this life. The monologue was written for born performer Tony Rizzi.
Four dirty, down and out, androgynous cowboys adopt the ritual poses from the Western genre. Gradually their actions come to resemble an odd kind of dance. Screening of a new film by the Danish artist Joachim Koester, with a live concert by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare).
Jan Decorte is creating his second piece of dance theatre. A meeting of four people, an extraordinary love story. No rigid grammar of dance, but the anarchy of movement, the faltering beauty of failure.
On 28th June 1914 Gavrilo Princip killed Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg throne, during his visit to Sarajevo. The attack sparked off the events leading to WWI. De Warme Winkel presents us with a performance about a world that is on the verge of disappearing. A manic, orgiastic, theatrical reconstruction which is ultimately reminiscent only of a battlefield.
With his International Institute for Political Murder, Swiss director Milo Rau makes films and theatre performances that combine art, history and politics. Hate Radio tells the story of the genocide in Rwanda from the studio of radio Mille Collines, based on real time broadcasts and authentic accounts. History here comes very close.
The Brussels Brecht-Eisler Chorus is working with six other choruses and director Ruud Gielens on a major project on peace. FleeTheFrenzy! tells the story of those victims who even in current wars are often left out of the picture: deserters and conscientious objectors. The performance ends at the Kaaitheater, and is staged in the surrounding streets, whose names all refer to WWI.