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Antigone in Molenbeek + Tiresias

Guy Cassiers, Toneelhuis

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Antigone in Molenbeek and Tiresias. A diptych.
In a double bill of monologues, director Guy Cassiers tells the story of Antigone, a young girl who says ‘no’ to the authorities, and then the story of the blind seer Tiresias, who during his lifetime has been both a woman and a man. 

Stefan Hertmans and the young English slam poet Kae Tempest rewrote these classic myths in a contemporary idiom and placed them in an urban context. 
In Antigone in Molenbeek (Hertmans), the protagonist, a Muslima, wants to bury her dead brother, an ISIS suicide bomber. The authorities refuse to release his body and Antigone cannot carry out her process of mourning. Ikram Aoulad plays the role of Antigone.
In Tiresias (Tempest), the identity of the protagonist slips from man into woman into blind seer. From their isolated positions, Antigone and Tiresias each expose the suppressed sexual, social and political prejudices in society. A monologue by Katelijne Damen.
Besides the visual technology, music also plays an important role. The two narratives, each in their own way, enter into a dialogue with String Quartet No. 15 by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. 
In June 2021 a French version of the performance will also be made: Antigone à Molenbeek + Tirésias, with the French actresses Ghita Serraj and Valérie Dréville.

Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text

  • Kae Tempest
  • Stefan Hertmans

with

  • Katelijne Damen
  • Ikram Aoulad

scenography and video

  • Charlotte Bouckaert

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Danel Quartet

with the support of

  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Saturday 31 October 2020 — 20h00 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
  2. Sunday 8 November 2020 — 19h30 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
    Cancelled
  3. Monday 9 November 2020 — 19h30 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
    Cancelled
  4. Thursday 7 January 2021 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  5. Friday 8 January 2021 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  6. Saturday 9 January 2021 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  1. Thursday 1 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 2 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 3 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Wednesday 7 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Thursday 8 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Friday 9 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Saturday 10 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Sunday 11 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Tuesday 13 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Wednesday 14 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  11. Thursday 15 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Friday 16 October 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Saturday 24 October 2020 — 18h00 — Temporada Alta, Girona

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