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The horror! The horror! Josse De Pauw & Guy Cassiers adapt Joseph Conrad’s classic ‘Heart of darkness’ (‘Duister hart’)

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Experienced theatre director + great actor + classic novel = unforgettable play? Hmm. Although I spent a nice evening at Toneelhuis (Antwerp) watching Duister hart (Dark heart/Coeur ténébreux), the adaptation (in Dutch) by Guy Cassiers and Josse De Pauw of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of darkness, it didn’t really sweep me of my feet. I had expected more of this.

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‘I can be a tiger, I can be a tornado’: or how Benjamin Verdonck does it again (‘DISISIT’)

Posted in performance, theatre with tags , , , , on November 11, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

What makes you go to those theatres, night after night, people often ask. How come you never seem to lose that appetite, even after so many disappointing performances? Well, because once in a while you unexpectedly stumble upon a magician, turning water into wine. Somebody like Belgian artist Benjamin Verdonck. At first you think: is this it? A guy toying around with a lot of props, reciting excerpts from several books in between, all of that happening seemingly haphazard. But after a while you realize he’s got you under his spell. DISISIT? Loved it.

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And we will all go down together: ‘Bloed & rozen/Blood & roses – The song of Joan and Gilles’, by Guy Cassiers & Tom Lanoye

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Let me think… An impressive Joan of Arc (Abke Haring), fabulous goth-looking costumes with lots of extra wooden hands by Tim Van Steenbergen, a virtuoso combination of acting and video, and a play that took too long. That’s how, one week after the premiere at Toneelhuis (Antwerp), Bloed & rozen (Blood & roses, Sang & roses) is stored in my mind. The new play (performance in Dutch) by author/playwright Tom Lanoye and theatre director Guy Cassiers will be presented at the Festival d’Avignon (Cour d’Honneur) in July.

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Back to the valley: Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui revisit Paul Bowles

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Take two renowned choreographers, put them on stage together and you’re sure to draw a good crowd. But for anyone buying a ticket there’s always that fear: will those choreographers, with their busy schedules, be able to devote enough time to such a one-off collaboration and come up with something good? Unfortunately, IT 3.0, by Belgian choreographers Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, presented at Toneelhuis (Antwerp) – only  four performances – showed two choreographers struggling with their past and ways to update it.

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Olympique Dramatique and De Mexicaanse Hond impress with their charming new play

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Is it because I’ve been to too many theatre and dance performances lately all desperately trying to slap me in the face with something special? Using all possible means to impress me? Is that why I was so taken by that simple and charming Bij het kanaal naar links (‘Turn left at the canal’; a play in Dutch), by Belgian theatre company Olympique Dramatique and Dutch company De Mexicaanse Hond, which premiered yesterday at Toneelhuis (Antwerp)? Maybe. But I’m sure I was touched too because it’s such a well-balanced play. It’s strange, but not too strange, it’s light but not too light, sinister but not too sinister, funny but not too funny. And the actors are delightful to watch.

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Titus Andronicus gets lost

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by Utopia Parkway

Why? That was the question that kept on popping up in my head afterwards. Why bring Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to the stage, if, while playing it, you can’t convince your audience why you’re doing it? It was a pity to see that many people on stage get lost, during that new performance at the KVS, Brussels’ Royal Flemish Theatre.

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Mezcal, love and death: a spellbinding ‘Onder de vulkaan’

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by Utopia Parkway

'Onder de vulkaan' (Toneelhuis)

A man on a chair. A big wall. An empty stage. And then he starts talking. Sometimes you know from those first sentences uttered that everything will be alright. That you’re going to spend a special evening in a theatre. I was really impressed by Onder de vulkaan, the adaptation for the stage of Malcolm Lowry’s classic Under the vulcano, by Flemish director Guy Cassiers and actor Josse De Pauw, for Antwerp’s Toneelhuis.

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