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Phia Ménard, Jean Cocteau & Philip Glass

Les enfants terribles

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Les enfants terribles
Les enfants terribles
Fri 10.02 - Sat 11.02.23

Jean Cocteau's masterpiece Les enfants terribles tells the story of Paul and his sister Elisabeth, who nauseatingly challenge each other to with games. In her version, Phia Ménard works with composer Philip Glass' adaptation of the novel. She draws a parallel between the body of an adolescent and that of an elder: both sometimes experience a feeling of isolation, of being cut off from society.

Antoine Defoort

Elles vivent

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Elles vivent
Elles vivent
Wed 15.06 - Thu 16.06.22

Sometime in the not-so-distant future, two friends meet in a forest. Michel, just back from two years of deep mindfulness in an ashram, have been keeping up with the news. Taylor hurries to tell him about his adventures with the 'Context and Modality Platform', a kind of political party that – as an out-of-control joke and against all odds – has ended up at the gates of power. Have Taylor and his friends managed to stay true to their ideals?

Maatschappij Discordia

Weiblicher Akt 11: Love Sontag

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Weiblicher Akt 11: Love Sontag
Weiblicher Akt 11: Love Sontag
Wed 16.03 - Thu 17.03.22

What appeals to our imaginations more and is yet as ineffable and as incomprehensible as love? Nobody knows exactly what it is and yet, to a great extent, it determines our lives. Following Marguerite Duras and Elfriede Jelinek, Maatschappij Discordia is consulting Susan Sontag (1933-2004) .Is ‘love’ only a figment that deludes us en masse? Does real love exist?

Manuela Infante

How to Turn to Stone

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How to Turn to Stone
How to Turn to Stone
Thu 25.11 - Fri 26.11.21

A play that behaves like a stone: what would that look like? What form would a 'mineral' representation take? In How to Turn to Stone, stones, as 'non-living' things, are models for a different kind of resistance. Manuela Infante brings pieces of eroded stories together. The fragments become landscapes and she stacks those landscapes like geological rock layers. This creates a 'mineral' representation telling you something about what is written in stones, and what stones have written in us.

Gisèle Vienne

L’Etang

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L’Etang
L’Etang
Thu 18.11 - Sat 20.11.21

Gisèle Vienne returns to Kaaitheater with a text adaptation by the Swiss writer Robert Walser. L'Etang (the pond) is a musical theatre play about a child who feels unloved by his mother. At the height of his despair and as an ultimate attempt to win her love, he feigns suicide in a pond. The children and teenagers of the village are embodied by seven human-sized dolls, Stephen O'Malley from cult group SUN O))) is once more responsible for the music.

Needcompany

Billy’s Violence

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Billy’s Violence
Billy’s Violence
Fri 29.10 - Sat 30.10.21

Shakespeare is the most widely read and performed author in Western literary history. Yet many of the Bard's texts are almost unplayable because of the violence, horror, racism and misogyny. What does violence mean in art today? For Billy's Violence, Victor Afung Lauwers researched ten tragedies by Shakespeare and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which women are central. You may never have seen Shakespeare this boned and dusted.

Ivana Müller

CANCELLED: Forces of Nature

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CANCELLED: Forces of Nature
CANCELLED: Forces of Nature
Tue 24.11 - Wed 25.11.20

Please note: this show has been cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

Gravity, inertia, resistance, momentum, action, and reaction. These are the five fundamental mechanical principles of movement we must control in order to walk and dance. Forces of Nature follows the movements of a complex organism that is constituted of five dancers, each with their own energy and ideas. From their negotiations and questions flows a score.

Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company

Act

theatre installation

ACT. Johan Leysen plays Beckett
ACT. Johan Leysen plays Beckett
Thu 13.02 - Sat 15.02.20

This curated Beckett evening presents a surprising mix of forms: a monologue by Johan Leysen; a video lecture by philosopher and mathematician Jean Paul Van Bendegem; and a performative scenography as a possible landscape for a Beckett text. Through this combination, Kris Verdonck explores a fascination that he shares with Beckett, namely technology and the increasing conflict between humans and machines.

Forced Entertainment

Out Of Order

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Out Of Order
Out Of Order
Fri 24.01 - Sat 25.01.20

On a bare stage under bright light, six hapless clowns do their best to get along and pass the time. They fight and chase in eruptions of uneasy mayhem, then cool off a little, settle and wait for the whole thing to kick off again. Carefully unbalanced between funny and not funny, Out Of Order is the ruins of a show in the ruins of a world.

Bashar Murkus

The Museum

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The Museum
The Museum
Tue 10.12 - Wed 11.12.19

A man commits a terrorist attack in a museum of contemporary art, killing 49 children and a teacher. He waits on death row for seven years. A week before his execution, he convinces the police detective who was in charge of his case to join him for his last meal. What meaning do these two men hope to find in the death that they both desire, each in their own way?

Thomas Bellinck / ROBIN

Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt

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Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt
Simple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt
Tue 21.05 - Mon 27.05.19

In the growing series Simple as ABC, Thomas Bellinck focuses on the Western migration management machine. This third instalment takes you to an imagined museum where there are only voices. You hear scraps of Arabic, English, Farsi, French, and Greek, gathered around the Mediterranean Sea. The absent narrators share their stories and thus sketch a many-voiced portrait of the contemporary hunt for humans.

Philippe Quesne

Crash Park

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Crash Park
Crash Park
Fri 22.02 - Sat 23.02.19

Since time immemorial, the idea of an island as a place of infinite possibilities has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists. In Crash Park, theatre-maker Philippe Quesne has written his own robinsonade. When the survivors of a plane crash emerge from the wreckage, they encounter the desert island and its inhabitants. Epic scenes alternate with melancholic wanderings, while this contemporary fable spotlights the greatness and the failings of the human race.

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

Begin the Beguine

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Begin the Beguine
Begin the Beguine
Tue 29.01 - Wed 30.01.19

Two men – both imprisoned in one way or another – want to live it up one last time. Begin the Beguine is the last text that the legendary filmmaker John Cassavetes ever wrote. The jet-black allegory about love and death was kept in a cupboard for 25 years by Cassavetes’ heirs. Until the German publisher S. Fischer Verlag asked Jan Lauwers to take on the staging of this masterpiece.

Laura van Dolron & de KOE

Een antwoord op alle vragen

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Een antwoord op alle vragen
Een antwoord op alle vragen
Thu 17.01 - Fri 18.01.19

They’ve had enough of lonely nights onstage, so Laura van Dolron and Willem de Wolf from the KOE want to answer all your questions. The actors search and struggle, assisted by two musicians. Every evening, this results in a live philosophical theatre concert full of poetry, thought, action, hope and despair…and ultimately there is perhaps one answer that transcends all questions.

Laila Soliman & Stacy Hardy

Museum of Lungs

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Museum of Lungs
Museum of Lungs
Wed 03.10 - Thu 04.10.18

In Museum of Lungs, author and performer Stacy Hardy talks about her life with TBC, about the years before the diagnosis, and about her treatments since. She combines intimate, personal testimonies with historical archival materials. Together with musicians Neo Muyanga and Nancy Mounir, director Laila Soliman and Hardy also show how vulnerability and disease can initiate resistance and change.

Emke Idema

THIS CAN'T HAPPEN

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THIS CAN'T HAPPEN
THIS CAN'T HAPPEN
Thu 29.03.18

In a stimulating theatrical game, you as the audience explore the limits of the imaginable, beyond what is true, good, or politically correct. Can the most cheerful, strange, improbable, and wild fantasies influence the world that we share together? The stakes in the game? To make time and space for our own imagination.

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