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About Elly

tg STAN, Toneelhuis, de Roovers, Theater Antigone

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tg STAN makes another foray into the oeuvre of the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhad. In the spring of 2023 tg STAN will be working on a play of the same name with a group of eleven actors, in which different generations and nationalities are represented – Iraqis, Iranians, Dutch, Belgians, and Afghans. The play explores doubt, friendship, honour and betrayal.
“I believe that the similarities among the human beings on this earth and its various lands, and among its cultures and its faiths, far outweigh their differences.” (Asghar Farhadi)

Following on from A Separation (2020), tg STAN makes another foray into the oeuvre of the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, this time with what film enthusiasts regard as his best film: About Elly. In the spring of 2023 tg STAN will be working on a play of the same name with a group of eleven actors, in which different generations and nationalities are represented – Iraqis, Iranians, Dutch, Belgians, and Afghans. The play explores doubt, friendship, honour and betrayal.

The story unfolds beside the Caspian Sea, where a group of friends is spending a weekend with their children. Among the guests are Elly, the teacher of Sepideh’s young child, and the recently divorced Ahmad, who has only been back from Germany for a few days. Sepideh tries to pair them off. The atmosphere is exuberant. There are lively discussions, they eat, sing, laugh and dance… Until Elly suddenly disappears and the mood takes a turn. We witness an exhaustive search into which is woven a web of lies and half-truths. And then, out of the blue, Elly’s fiancé turns up…

We see a group of people wrestling with their morals as the carefree makes way for drama. The solidarity crumbles and individual interests come to the fore.    

Will one individual dare to betray another if that is the way to protect the group? Which truth is true and for whom? And is the truth really so relevant? Or can a lie be their salvation?

Credits

by and with

  • Kes Bakker
  • Robby Cleiren
  • Jolente De Keersmaeker
  • Lukas de Wolf
  • Anna Franziska Jäger
  • Manizja Kouhestani
  • Armin Mola
  • Mokhallad Rasem
  • Haider Al Timimi
  • Scarlet Tummers
  • Stijn Van Opstal

concept

  • Jolente De Keersmaeker
  • Scarlet Tummers

set

  • Joé Agemans
  • Damiaan De Schrijver
  • Stijn Van Opstal

light

  • Luc Schaltin

costumes

  • Fauve Ryckebusch

production

  • tg STAN

coproduction

  • Toneelhuis
  • de Roovers
  • Theater Antigone

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter

All data

  1. Thursday 9 March 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  2. Friday 10 March 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 11 March 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Sunday 12 March 2023 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Audio description
  5. Tuesday 14 March 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Wednesday 15 March 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 17 March 2023 — 20h15 — Theater Antigone, Kortrijk
  8. Saturday 18 March 2023 — 20h15 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  9. Wednesday 22 March 2023 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  10. Thursday 23 March 2023 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  11. Friday 24 March 2023 — 20h15 — Het Perron, Ieper
  12. Saturday 25 March 2023 — 20h15 — C-mine, Genk
  13. Sunday 26 March 2023 — 20h00 — CC Knokke-Heist, Knokke-Heist
  14. Wednesday 29 March 2023 — 20h15 — De Warande, Turnhout
  15. Thursday 30 March 2023 — 20h00 — CC 't Gasthuis, Aarschot, Aarschot
  16. Friday 31 March 2023 — 20h00 — CC Schoten, Schoten
  17. Saturday 1 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Plomblom, Ninove
  18. Wednesday 5 April 2023 — 20h00 — De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
  19. Friday 7 April 2023 — 20h00 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  20. Wednesday 12 April 2023 — 20h15 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  21. Sunday 16 April 2023 — 20h00 — 30CC, Leuven
  22. Tuesday 18 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas
  23. Wednesday 19 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Werf, Aalst, Aalst
  24. Thursday 20 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Diest, Diest
  25. Friday 21 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever
  26. Saturday 22 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever
  27. Tuesday 25 April 2023 — 20h00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  28. Thursday 27 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Brouckere, Torhout
  29. Friday 28 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC Kapellen, Kapellen
  30. Saturday 29 April 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Velinx, Tongeren

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