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[meeuw]

[seagull]

Toneelhuis, Olympique Dramatique, theater arsenaal

“What we need are new artistic forms. And if we don’t get new forms, then we would be better off with nothing at all. ” – Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev, in Chekhov’s The Seagull
Olympique Dramatique’s production [meeuw] is the first time that a repertory play has been translated and performed in its entirety in Flemish Sign Language by a mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors. 

The starting point is De Meeuw (The Seagull) by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest and tenderest plays in the world repertoire: a classic from 1896 about young people wanting to explore new ideas and an older generation that feels threatened by this. A narrative about the longing for the past and the longing for a free life, told from the perspective of three different generations. Love and desire as the devastating driving force during a family reunion. A comedy in four acts, as the Russian playwright himself called it. 

 [meeuw] above all aims at being an encounter with the Flemish deaf community, a collaboration of artists with different backgrounds: professional actors and amateur performers whose mother tongue is Flemish Sign Language. A theatrical encounter between artists from the same community, living close together and yet separated by a language barrier.

“I’ve gone past your house so many times, but I couldn’t bring myself to come in. Come, let’s sit down.” – Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya 

after

  • De Meeuw van Tsjechov

director

  • Stijn Van Opstal

adaptation

  • Stijn Van Opstal
  • Scarlet Tummers
  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Francis Geeraert
  • (met dank aan Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer)

translation into Flemish Sign Language

  • Diane Boonen
  • Sam Verstraete
  • Hilde Verhelst
  • e.a.

performance

  • Yousra Boukantar
  • Sofie Decleir
  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Lobke Leirens
  • Lut Reysen
  • Willy Thomas
  • Serge Vlerick
  • Yana Wuytjens

dramaturgy

  • Scarlet Tummers

set

  • Damiaan De Schrijver
  • Stijn Van Opstal

light design

  • Frank Hardy

costume design

  • Monique Van Hassel

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • Olympique Dramatique

coproduction

  • theater arsenaal

with the support of

  • Silence Radio
  • KU Leuven Campus Antwerpen (Toegepaste Taalkunde)
  • Literatuur Vlaanderen
  • Doof Vlaanderen
  • het Vlaams GebarentaalCentrum
  • doof&events
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische federale overheid via LOOK@LEO
  • Nationale Loterij
  • Koning Boudewijnstichting

All data

  1. Thursday 14 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Belgian premiere
  2. Saturday 16 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Sunday 17 November 2024 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen With audio description
  4. Tuesday 19 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 20 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Thursday 21 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 22 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Saturday 23 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Tuesday 26 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Wednesday 27 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  11. Thursday 28 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Friday 29 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Saturday 30 November 2024 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  14. Tuesday 3 December 2024 — 20h15 — Warande/Kuub, Turnhout
  15. Friday 13 December 2024 — 20h15 — theater arsenaal, Mechelen
  16. Saturday 14 December 2024 — 20h15 — theater arsenaal, Mechelen
  17. Friday 20 December 2024 — 20h30 — KVS - BOX, Brussel
  18. Saturday 21 December 2024 — 20h30 — KVS - BOX, Brussel
  19. Wednesday 8 January 2025 — 19h00 — NTGent/Minnemeers, Gent
  20. Thursday 9 January 2025 — 19h00 — NTGent/Minnemeers, Gent
  21. Saturday 11 January 2025 — 20h00 — CC De Plomblom, Ninove
  22. Tuesday 14 January 2025 — 19h30 — 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven
  23. Wednesday 15 January 2025 — 15h00 — 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven
  24. Friday 17 January 2025 — 19h30 — HNT/Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
  25. Wednesday 22 January 2025 — 19h30 — C-mine/Kleine zaal, Genk
  26. Sunday 26 January 2025 — 19h00 — ITA/Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  27. Wednesday 29 January 2025 — 20h00 — CC Brugge/Magdalenazaal, Sint-Andries

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