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De Helden

Josse De Pauw & Dominique Pauwels / LOD muziektheater & KVS

Is a human capable of giving his life? For his land, for his lover, for his beliefs? Can heroes really exist or are they just an indispensable part of uplifting stories? And if they have existed, was the thing they gave their life for worth dying for? And if they still exist, what would they now give their life for? And do heroes themselves know they are heroes?

The Heroes is a monologue that Josse De Pauw wrote to raise questions about heroism and its present meaning. The historian Sophie De Schaepdrijver assists him in his quest for a contemporary definition. Domnique Pauwels composed the music, based on voices and concrete sounds. What would the head sound like, of the person speaking here? Not everything is fixed in a score, and the text is in direct contact with the sounds and music. By having the technician Brecht Beuselinck work live on stage, Josse De Pauw wants to build on the polyphony of heroism each night.

A man, a photo of his child, a flag of his country, a book, worn by reading, by a great thinker who inspired him, the speech by a great leader, the hundred and seventy-five commandments of an ancient god… Broken-down props of a human life. Everything has its own story, everything has its own voice, an individuality. That’s how this man’s head sounds. The man himself: he expresses his doubts.


07.08.2017 - Festival Boulevard - Intrigerende antiheld
04.08.2017 - Theaterkrant - Ideeën over heldendom van een antiheld
07.08.2017 - NRC - De Helden
07.08.2017 - Trouw - De Helden
03.10.2017 - Festival les francophonies en Limoges - Extraits de presse « les héros » « l’humanité »


DIRECTION, TEXT & CAST Josse De Pauw COMPOSITION Dominique Pauwels TEXT RESEARCH Sophie De Schaepdrijver LIVE REMIX Brecht Beuselinck LIGHTING & SET Eric Soyer COSTUMES Greta Goiris ASSISTANCE COSTUMES Claudine Grinwis Plaat Stultjes TAPE INSTALLATION Bart Maris TRANSLATION Monique Nagielkopf PRODUCTION MANAGER Kristel Deweerdt TECHNICAL COORDINATION Nic Roseeuw TECHNIQUE Jannes Dierynck, Brecht Beuselinck PRODUCTION LOD muziektheater, KVS COPRODUCTION Le Manège Maubeuge, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, Théâtre de Namur


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