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A Revue

d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

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A sublimely spectacular happening, somewhere between a decadent fashion show, a queer cabaret and a shamanistic fertility ritual.
Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe's imagination knows no bounds. In A Revue, the young director stages a retro-futuristic cabaret. What if, let’s say 2000 years from now, earthlings rediscover the classical repertoire and perform it?
What will the early music of the future sound like? Is it performed by people, robots or aliens? And will opera and ballet be vague memories by then, or a straw to clutch onto in the search for lost emotions?
Digging into the history of music, our earthlings explore the raw power of the voice and the body. Theatre becomes a time machine, as nostalgic as it is revolutionary. 

A Revue is a sublime and spectacular happening, somewhere between a decadent fashion show, a queer cabaret and a shamanic fertility ritual.

in Juryrapport het TheaterFestival Vlaanderen

"A sublime and spectacular happening that keeps on resonating long afterwards."

Filip Tielens in De Standaard **** , 16 October 2020

"Found it! A performance that gives you the feeling that you are having the night of a lifetime."

Sylvia Broeckaert in Klara , 15 October 2020

"Found it! A performance that gives you the feeling that you are having the night of a lifetime."

Els Van Steenberghe in Knack Focus , 18 October 2020

"Meirhaeghe's  A Revue , with Louise van den Eede as dramaturge and 'librettist', is a stunning performance. A group of more than 25 performers, scenographers, costume designers, musicians and sculptors put their shoulders to this project at the edge of the established circuits. But even more amazing is the energy and panache with which the group taps into the revolutionary and erotic potential of (opera) music. A sensuous ode to live as a parade full of tenderness, pleasure and gender equality"

Pieter T'Jonck in Pzazz , 17 October 2020

Credits

concept, direction

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

with

  • Ellen Wils
  • Maribeth Diggle
  • Arnout Lems
  • Hanaka Hayakawa
  • Dolly Bing Bing,
  • Simon Van Schuylenbergh
  • Jelle Haen
  • Bjorn Floreal
  • Sophia Rodriquez
  • Oriana Mangala
  • Adrien De Biasi
  • Eurudike De Beul
  • Lionel Couchard

text, dramaturgy

  • Louise van den Eede

musical dramaturgy

  • Katherina Lindekens
  • Lena Meyskens

sound design and composition

  • Laurens Mariën
  • Jasper Segers

piano

  • Maya Dhondt

scenography

  • Bart van Merode
  • Julian Weber

light design

  • Bart van Merode

scenographic assistance

  • Zaza Dupont

Visual artists

  • Julian Weber
  • Sietske Van Aerde
  • Daan Couzijn
  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

costumes

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe
  • Julian Weber
  • Sietske Van Aerde

make-up

  • Jelle Haen

distribution

  • ART HAPPENS

production

  • d e t h e a t e r m a k e r

coproduction

  • DE SINGEL
  • Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
  • LOD muziektheater
  • Theater Rotterdam / Productiehuis Rotterdam
  • Viernulvier

with the support of

  • de Vlaamse Gemeenschap

thanks to

  • CAMPO
  • Les ballets C de la B
  • e.a.

All data

  1. Tuesday 25 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Wednesday 26 October 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Wednesday 28 June 2023 — 20h00 — La Villette, Paris
  4. Thursday 29 June 2023 — 20h00 — La Villette, Paris
  5. Friday 30 June 2023 — 20h00 — La Villette, Paris

News about ‘A Revue’

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe does away with pigeonholes for genres and audiences Article — 24 June 2022

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe does away with pigeonholes for genres and audiences

If there’s one artist who embodies Toneelhuis's ambitions for the coming years, it's Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe (b. 1995). The young director, singer and performer has made 'connecting’ his artistic practice. He builds bridges between tradition and innovation, between disciplines and genres, between audiences and artists. The result: deeply sensitive, breath-taking productions.

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