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Para

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

'You can put a lot into an empty barrel.' (David Van Reybrouck)

Nine years after the premiere of their internationally acclaimed stage hit Mission, the author David Van Reybrouck, actor and theatre-maker Bruno Vanden Broecke and director Raven Ruëll will be working together once again, this time on Para, a new KVS production. Following the missionary in Mission, in this new monologue David Van Reybrouck gives a soldier the chance to speak. To this end he delves into a forgotten episode in recent history, Belgium’s large-scale military intervention in Somalia in 1992. Over the last two years, Van Reybrouck has been ploughing through archives and publications and has interviewed parachute commandos, both officers and men, who took part in the mission.

Para will be neither an indictment nor a panegyric, but will rather examine the complex tragedy of ‘international peace operations’. It is a story of idealism and impotence, noble aims and shady practices.

Bio

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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Reviews

02.12.2016 - Theaterkrant - Gecompromitteerde missie
03.12.2016 - De Standaard - Para schiet raak
05.12.2016 - De Morgen - Oorlog is mensenwerk
08.02.2018 - Dagblad van het Noorden (NL) - Zinderende, confronterende monoloog bij kansloze actie *****
28.02.2018 - De Agenda Groningen (p25-26) - Para
02.12.2016 - BRUZZ - Coup de théâtre au KVS
30.08.2018 - Le Vif/ L'Express focus - Para
09.09.2018 - Cutting Edge - Omdat mensen mensen zijn
17.09.2018 - De Standaard - Bruno Vanden Broecke wint Louis d'OR
17.09.2018 - De Volkskrant - Surpriseshow
22.09.2018 - De Standaard/ Cultuur - 'De wereld tast mijn vrolijkheid niet aan'
01.10.2018 - LM-magazine - Le passé recomposé
13.10.2018 - L'Echo - Acteur 'Para' normal
02.11.2018 - Le Vif - Focus - Bruno Vanden Broecke à nouveau en mission
03.11.2018 - L'Echo - Phénoménal Para

Quotes

‘Bruno Vanden Broecke is the king of the monologue. This is not just a play, it is an event of national importance: an exercise in recollection and empathy.’
- De Standaard **** -
‘An amazing, movingly harsh performance.’
- De Morgen -
‘First-rate theatre that explodes like a splinter bomb in your conscience. Bruno Vanden Broecke reminds us once again why he is one of the greatest actors of his generation.’
- Focus Knack **** -

Credits

DIRECTION RAVEN RUËLL CAST BRUNO VANDEN BROECKE TEXT DAVID VAN REYBROUCK SCENOGRAPHY LEO DE NIJS SET EXECUTION KVS ATELIER LIGHTING DESIGN JOHAN VONK LIGHTING EXECUTION GEERT DROBÉ SOUND EXECUTION DIMITRI JOLY COSTUMES HEIDI EHRHART PRODUCTION MANAGER LIEVEN SYMAEYS PRODUCTION KVS THANKS TO JACQUES BLOEMEN & ADRIAAN VAN DEN HOOF DISTRIBUTION & TOURMANAGEMENT SASKIA LIENARD

Pictures

Below are the high-resolution press photos of our own productions, which can be used free for coverage of the KVS (the name of the photographer must be clearly stated).

PERSVERANTWOORDELIJKE

Inge Jooris
inge.jooris@kvs.be
0475 80 04 87

(INTER)NATIONALE SPREIDING

Saskia Liénard
saskia.lienard@kvs.be
0496 55 19 92

Production manager

Lieven Symaeys
02/210 11 64
lieven.symaeys@kvs.be
Technical sheet
Live recording