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Missie / Mission

David Van Reybrouck, Raven Ruëll & Bruno Vanden Broecke / KVS

A talk given by a White Father about his work in the Congo. The suspicions we may have about this person are not misplaced. Is he, a missionary, trying to convince us that Belgian’s colonial past also had its good sides? Will he try to convert us? Following an extensive tour through Europe, this haunting monologue by David Van Reybrouck (Congo. Een geschiedenis), performed by Bruno Vanden Broecke, returns to where it all began in 2007.


David Van Reybroucktext 

David Van Reybrouck (1971) is a cultural historian, archaeologist and author. His debut Plaag won various prizes and was translated many times. His successful novel Congo was also translated into 13 languages. His essay Pleidooi voor het populisme won him the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize and the Flemish culture prize Kritiek en Essay in 2009. Other works include the novel Slagschaduw and the pamphlet Tegen verkiezingen, which won the Henriëtte Roland Holst Prize. He wrote the novel Slagschaduw and the pamphlet Tegen verkiezingen (2014), which was awarded the Henriëtte Roland Holst Prize. Also in 2014, he received the Gouden Ganzenveer Prize. He is the author of the Book Week Essay 2016.

Raven Ruëlldirection 

Raven Ruëll (1978) graduated from RITCS. He wrote, acted and directed for various theatres, including BRONKS, Theater Antigone, Theater Artemis and KVS. Het leven en de werken van Leopold II (2003) and Missie (2008) were selected for the TheaterFestival. His creation Jan, mijn vriend was nominated for the Dutch 1000-Watt Prize in 2002, and in 2005 he won that prize for StoksielalleenIn 2016 the highly praised Para followed. Raven works freelance and teaches at the conservatory of Liege and at RITCS.  


Bruno Vanden Broeckeacting 

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19.12.2007 - De Standaard - Een blanke stem uit Kongo
18.12.2007 - Le Soir - Le cri du missionnaire
17.12.2007 - De Morgen***** - Missie geslaagd


'Play of the year'
- Klara -
'Bruno Vanden Broecke performs what is probably his most surprising interpretation ever. Applause.'
- De Standaard -
'A staggering, hard but moving performance'
- De Morgen -
'A superb text… an exceptional interpretation'
- Le Soir -
'A great actor… real theatre'
- La Libre Belgique -


Text David Van Reybrouck Director Raven Ruëll with Bruno Vanden Broecke technical stage master Lieven Symaeys, Donald Berlanger dramaturgy Ivo Kuyl scenography Leo de Nijs lighting DESIGN Johan Vonk production KVS DISTRIBUTION & TOURMANAGEMENT SASKIA LIENARD


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