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Gekken & Specialisten

Timeau De Keyser, Toneelhuis, tibaldus

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Timeau De Keyser and tibaldus are temporarily sidelining their favourite playwright Witold Gombrowicz and plunging into Gekken & Specialists (Madmen & Specialists) by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. This play from 1970 shows the conflict between a father and son who come back home from a war after a long time. The son – the Specialist and a former surgeon – has meanwhile become the head of the military intelligence service; he now operates on behalf of a fascistic system in which he firmly believes. The father, formerly also a doctor, is now a Madman who has lost all belief in any system, also that of science and progress. He turns out to be a self-appointed prophet of his own nihilistic religion who even refuses to believe in anything at all anymore. Circling around father and son are mutilated characters, grotesque human-objects that are repeatedly conscripted by various systems. 
 
Gekken & Specialisten uses nonsense and word play to unmask our society as an everlasting power struggle between belief systems each claiming to be the one and only truth. What with Gekken & Specialisten on the one hand and texts by Friedrich Nietzsche on the other, tibaldus is staging its most dark production thus far. The company is once again working with a large group of talented actors in a musical approach to the text and a dynamic mise-en-scène. 

Credits

text

  • Wole Soyinka

translation

  • Marijke Emeis

concept

  • Simon De Winne
  • Hans Mortelmans
  • Timeau De Keyser

director

  • Timeau De Keyser

with

  • Marjan De Schutter
  • Lieselotte De Keyzer
  • Simon De Winne
  • Hans Mortelmans
  • Katrien Valckenaers
  • Anna Franziska Jäger
  • Ferre Marnef
  • Hendrik Van Doorn
  • Sander De Winne

vocal guide

  • Sander De Winne

light design

  • Luc Schaltin

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • P.U.L.S. - Project for Upcoming Artists for the Large Stage

coproduction

  • tibaldus

with the support of

  • deAuteurs
  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Wednesday 30 September 2020 — 9h00 — Campo, Gent
  2. Thursday 1 October 2020 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  3. Friday 2 October 2020 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  4. Thursday 15 October 2020 — 20h00 — 30CC, Leuven
  5. Thursday 29 October 2020 — 20h00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  6. Thursday 19 November 2020 — 20h30 — CC De Herbakker, Eeklo
  7. Friday 20 November 2020 — 20h00 — CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
  8. Tuesday 15 December 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  9. Wednesday 16 December 2020 — 20h30 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  10. Wednesday 3 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
    On sale from november 17 10am
  11. Thursday 4 February 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
    On sale from november 17 10am
  12. Saturday 13 February 2021 — 20h30 — CC Zwaneberg, Heist-Op-Den-Berg
  1. Thursday 17 September 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 18 September 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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