'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.
David Van : text
David Van (1971) is a cultural historian, archaeologist and author. His debut won various prizes and was translated many times. His successful novel Congo was also translated into 13 languages. His essay het won him the Jan Essay Prize and the Flemish culture prize Essay in 2009. Other works include the novel and the pamphlet , which won the 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 : direction
Raven (1978) graduated from RITCS. He wrote, acted and directed for various theatres, including BRONKS, Antigone, Artemis and KVS. Het de van Leopold II (2003) and (2008) were selected for the . His creation Jan, was nominated for the Dutch 1000-Watt Prize in 2002, and in 2005 he won that prize for . In 2016 the highly praised Para followed. Raven works freelance and teaches at the conservatory of Liege and at RITCS.
Bruno : acting
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