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  • Cover of Wildekid
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    Wildekid
    Wildekids' biggest trump card is its playful, multi-layered text.
    Theaterkrant

    A bitter-sweet tale of poverty and its presence in the world of two inseparable children. Both heart-warming and heart-rending, with playful humour and plenty of imagination, two fierce firecrackers find each other in a priceless friendship.

  • Here We Go Again (© Fred Debrock)
    Here We Go Again (© Fred Debrock)
    Here We Go Again (White Male Privilege)
    An intellectual mindfuck
    De Morgen

    The editorial board of Cult Weekly magazine has called a crisis meeting. The image of a black woman on the cover of their latest issue has unleashed a social media storm. How sincere or how arrogant and patronising is their social engagement really?

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    Unisono/Platina
    After this performance, you will feel somewhat revitalized. It is magic.
    Knack Focus

    ‘Unisono’ is an intimate monologue, performed by one actor in a minimalist setting. Whereas ‘Unisono’ tries to find words for loneliness, ‘Platina’ is an equally spare text about two people facing a final goodbye. It is the silence that speaks loudest – even if the woman ultimately breaks it with a veritable deluge of words that seek to express her love and pain.

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    The Arrival of the Titanic
    Vielen is both a masterful writer and a born story-teller.
    Cutting Edge

    ‘The Arrival of the Titanic’ is an intelligent and astute theatre monologue. On the one hand there is a ship that sinks – an event with clear echoes of the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012. On the other hand, the brief snippets that fit together like a mosaic are about a more metaphorical catastrophe.

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    The Tsar’s Shears
    Darkly aesthetic, wittily absurd, strangely illuminating
    De Bond

    In ‘The Tsar’s Shears’ three people live together in one room, secluded from the outside world. Until one day the tsar emerges from the tube and disrupts the order of their micro society. All of a sudden the rules don’t seem that logical anymore.

  • Cover of Say Hello to the Geese
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    Say Hello to the Geese
    A melancholic, poetic performance that makes both young and old laugh, think, cry and really grabs them. Intense and engaging.
    Theaterkrant.nl

    ‘Say Hello to the Geese’ is a melancholic and poetic performance capable of touching both young and old. The evocative text leaves room for poetry, humour and clowning.

  • Cover of Vanish Beach
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    Vanish Beach
    An astute monument to the dislocation of modern man. A light-hearted yet meaningful portrait of an inscrutable reality.
    Cutting Edge

    The play wants to explore how some of the most famous exiles of the 20th century defended, revised or abandoned their European traditions in their new ‘paradise’. And whether we, in this day and age, could or would mount a similar defence. An exploration of ‘home’ and the idea of feeling displaced in your own home country.

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    Para
    Top-level theatre that explodes your conscience like an expanding bullet.
    Knack Focus

    This monologue is neither an indictment nor a celebration, but instead explores the complex tragedy of international peace operations. It is a tale of idealism and incompetence, of noble objectives and dirty business.

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    Give Me My Hand Back
    Maybe this season’s best kept secret
    Jury report Theater Festival

    In a candid conversation, the two characters explore how this new situation can bring them together and how this illness either challenges or strengthens their friendship. Tragicomic, vulnerable and moving – but above all genuine.

  • Poster 'Aperçu de l'inconnu'
    Poster 'Aperçu de l'inconnu'
    Aperçu de l'inconnu
    This is theatre that derives its reason from social maladies while at the same time providing something for the actors to get stuck in and viewing pleasure for the audience.
    Focus Knack

    The police investigation into the Nijvel gang has become a major debacle in Belgian legal history. In the early eighties, a number of savage raids were carried out on supermarkets, with the perpetrators using brute force and shooting several accidental passers-by in cold blood. Thirty years on, the investigation has reached a dead end. Michael Bijnens, known for his research-based plays, spoke to investigators involved in the case and wrote a fascinating piece of theatre.

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    The Borgia Trilogy
    As horny as the pope – a new classic tragedy has been written.
    De Morgen

    From their rapid ascent to the top of the Vatican to their downfall: no barbarity or form of nepotism is too cruel for the Borgias. In a strange way the characters become heroic, but on the other hand we must also judge their actions. This paradox gives meaning to the whole trilogy: we love the monster just as we hate it.

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    MEN. The revised opinion
    MEN. is a ritualistic performance, a composition in words, pure and simple.
    Theaterkrant.nl

    Moral boundaries are challenged and openly crossed, provoking the audience to agree or disagree with the statements that are being made. Opinions become questions intended to gauge the atmosphere. Strong convictions give way to insecurities, leading the performers to go along with personal attacks and extreme opinions.

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    Trilogy: 'Greed' / 'Fear' / 'Hope'
    The striptease of democracy. […] This isn’t even a tragedy any more. This is how things work. Europe.
    De Standaard

    Following years of exponential growth, the economy collapsed in 2008. The stock market crash marked the beginning of a worldwide financial crisis that kept Europe solidly in its grasp. In his trilogy ‘Greed’, ‘Fear’, ‘Hope’, Stijn Devillé fictionalised the events to create a modern, political and economic thriller.

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    Stanley
    Narrative theatre of the most cunning kind. A cracker without frills, but with sequins.
    Focus Knack

    For nearly three years, Henry Morton Stanley chopped a path through a hot and impenetrable African jungle in search of the mouth of the river Congo – without knowing where he was or how much longer it would take. While letting go of the historical figure of Stanley, De Graef retains man’s journey of discovery through the history of our psychology and human-ness.

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    Antigone in Molenbeek
    A blend of incisive, sensory perception and condensed poetic speech’
    deReactor

    With ‘Antigone in Molenbeek’ Stefan Hertmans has adapted Sophocles’ tragedy to our contemporary, multicultural society. Antigone is now known as Nouria, a brave young law student from the Brussels district of Molenbeek. Just as in the classic, she wants to pay her last respects to her deceased brother – in Hertmans’ version a suicide bomber – and bury his remains. But the authorities decide otherwise.

  • Cover Waiting and Other Exploits
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    Waiting and Other Heroic Acts
    An aesthetic ‘Waiting for Godot’ for children.
    Cobra

    Four guards are standing in front of a high wall. They are waiting and keeping watch, without knowing why or for how long. Behind the wall is a state secret and everything is suspect, everyone a potential enemy of the state. But everything changes when one of them suddenly disappears and disrupts their unshakable rhythm.

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    BOG. An attempt at restructuring life
    Everything fits together perfectly in this smart study of life
    De Standaard

    It is the ambition of many plays to get to the essence of human existence. The theatre group BOG take this task very seriously in their self-titled play. What is possible within the short frame of existence, between birth and death?

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    Flou
    A gem in every respect
    De Volkskrant

    A woman and a man are standing side by side onstage; in the background the remnants of their living room, cold and bare. Side by side, but not together, they stare into space. Is there not a spark of love or passion left?

  • Photo Us/Them © Bronks
    Photo Us/Them © Bronks
    Us/Them
    A remarkable piece of theatre – playful, surprisingly and painfully funny as well as moving
    The Guardian

    1 September 2004. Chechen rebels force their way into a Russian school and hold more than a thousand pupils, teachers and parents hostage inside the gymnasium. Three days later the siege comes to a horrendous conclusion. Two surviving school children try to describe the siege in as much detail as possible to get to grips with the terrible events. But before long, their imagination takes over.

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    Krenz
    Theatre is rarely as disarming, as sophisticated, as urgent as this.
    Jury report Theaterfestival

    Krenz symbolises a life lived as a runner-up, waiting on the sidelines for one’s moment – a moment that never lives up to long-held expectations. Willem de Wolf links Krenz’s story to his own family history. In this smart, sharp and funny text, De Wolf dissects the frustrations and loneliness that lie behind ambition.

  • Cover Fort Europe. A Canticle of Fragmentation
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    Fort Europa. A Canticle of Fragmentation
    Virtuoso writing and an intellectually challenging reflection of our living environment
    De Standaard

    In this polyphonic theatre novella, there are fantasises, speculations and brainstorms in antitheses about the future of Europe. Seven anonymous Europeans tell their stories. Lanoye describes a future Europe that is dominated by dissatisfaction and the longing for a better version of itself.

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    Friday
    ‘Friday’ introduced characters who became classics.
    De Volkskrant

    Claus does not shy away from brutality in this piece. In fluent and vivid colloquial language, a mix of words and idioms from the West Flemish dialect and standard Dutch, he delivers a raw story that crossed all boundaries of genre and decency at the time.

  • The Van Paemel Family
    A moving play
    NBD Biblion

    In ‘The Van Paemel Family’, Cyriel Buysse addresses the social exploitation and immense poverty of the rural population. Buysse paints a picture of how the farmer becomes ruined and his family falls apart as a result of socioeconomic conditions. Although Buysse offers no solutions to the conflict, there is still a glimmer of hope.