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Zeg aan de kinderen dat wij niet deugen

Toneelhuis, Guy Cassiers, Luc Coorevits, Behoud de Begeerte

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Leonard Nolens (b. 1947) is one of the most important poets writing in the Dutch language at present. 
In 1997, he received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire oeuvre and in 2012, the Dutch Literature Prize. Ghent University gave him an honorary doctorate in 2018. By now, his career spans more than five decades.

For this production, Guy Cassiers selected poems from the collections Bres (Breach), 2007 and Zeg aan de kinderen dat wij niet deugen (Tell the Children We’re No Good), 2011. Every collection by Leonard Nolens is an inventory of himself: a state of affairs; a kind of mental health report; a self-portrait; an emotional annual report. An interim moral evaluation of himself. But Nolens also measures the temperature of his and our times. His work is a sharp and hard reckoning with his generation, a sober and at the same time passionate confession of guilt. The show is a dialogue between projected images of Leonard Nolens reading his poems and Johan Leysen, who brings them to life on stage.

Credits

text

  • Leonard Nolens

concept

  • Guy Cassiers
  • Luc Coorevits

dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans

with

  • Johan Leysen

production

  • Behoud de Begeerte

coproduction

  • Toneelhuis

with the support of

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

All data

  1. Wednesday 19 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  2. Friday 21 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 22 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Sunday 23 January 2022 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Tuesday 25 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Wednesday 26 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Thursday 27 January 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Saturday 29 January 2022 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  9. Sunday 30 January 2022 — 15h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  10. Tuesday 15 February 2022 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  11. Wednesday 16 February 2022 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel

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