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Valentijn Dhaenens / KVS & SKaGeN
02.04.2019
-
26.10.2019
  • Tue 10.09.2019
    19:45
    Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    The Drum
  • Wed 11.09.2019
    19:45
    Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    The Drum
  • Thu 12.09.2019
    19:45
    Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    The Drum
  • Fri 13.09.2019
    19:45
    Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    The Drum
  • Sat 14.09.2019
    19:45
    Theatre Royal, Plymouth
    The Drum
  • Wed 25.09.2019
    20:15
    Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg
    Schouwburg
  • Mon 07.10.2019
    20:00
    30CC, Leuven
    Schouwburg
  • Wed 09.10.2019
    20:30
    Cultuurcentrum 't Schaliken, Herentals
    Schouwburg
  • Fri 11.10.2019
    20:30
    Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
    Rabobankzaal
  • Sat 12.10.2019
    20:15
    De Lawei, Drachten
    Roel Oostrazaal
  • Sat 19.10.2019
    20:00
    Agnietenhof, Tiel
    Grote Zaal
  • Tue 22.10.2019
    20:15
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Sat 26.10.2019
    20:15
    Stadstheater, Arnhem
    Grote zaal
  • Tue 02.04.2019
    20:00 - 20:00
    Toneelhuis, Antwerpen
    Bourlaschouwburg
    Past event
  • Fri 05.04.2019
    20:00
    CC De Schakel, Waregem
    Schouwburg
    Past event
  • Sat 20.04.2019
    20:00
    CC Casino, Koksijde
    Theaterzaal
    Past event
  • Wed 24.04.2019
    20:00
    CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
    CC Ter Vesten
    Past event
  • Thu 02.05.2019
    20:30
    CC De Herbakker, Eeklo
    CC De Herbakker
    Past event
  • Thu 09.05.2019
    20:00
    CC De Mol, Lier
    CC De Mol
    Past event
  • Sat 11.05.2019
    20:30
    Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
    Schouwburg
    Past event
  • Thu 23.05.2019
    20:00
    CC Schoten, Schoten
    De Kaekelaar
    Past event

Onbezongen paints the picture of  a 'homo politicus'. Not the gauche politician from Yes, Minister, the idealised machine from The West Wing, the lonely evil genius from House of Cards or the has-been from Revue Ravage - the emphasis is on the realistic way in which we deal with power in the west. The piece also investigates the mostly irrational reasons for this hunger for power.

Onbezongen begins with the idea that the politician’s talent is also ultimately the cause of his downfall. For, time and time again, it is his drive that makes him go too far, his strength of character that makes him lose touch with reality, his charisma that fails to achieve its aims, or his flexibility that leads to him being accused of being untrustworthy and fake.

 

Onbezongen goes back to the seeds of political life: why do leaders have such a powerful desire for power in a democracy, where power is highly relative and where politicians are subject to the demands of voters, the media and interest groups? Why does a politician seek recognition in a job that is known to be the most unpopular ever?

 

As a party spokesperson, a cabinet member for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the European Commission, and finally as a speechwriter for amongst others Karel De Gucht and José Manuel Barroso, Vincent Stuer was able to penetrate deeply into the fabric of politics. His experiences allowed him to closely observe and study power and those in power. Vincent has been obsessively working through political histories and biographies for decades, with an impressive archive of anecdotes and quotes as a result.

FRINGE FIRST Edinburgh Festival 2018

Is part of the parcours:
> KVS creation

Credits

BY & WITH VALENTIJN DHAENENS TEXT VINCENT STUER DRAMATURGY KRISTIN ROGGHE SET DESIGN ROEL VAN BERCKELAER COSTUMES HEIDI EHRHART LIGHTING DESIGN MARGARETA ANDERSEN SOUND MAX STUURMAN & STEPHANE PAPADOPOULOS ASSISTANCE DIRECTION & SURTITLING INGE FLORÉ PRODUCTION MANAGER NELE DRUYTS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR DONALD BERLANGER SET CONSTRUCTION DANNY VANDEPUT DISTRIBUTION & TOURMANAGEMENT SASKIA LIÉNARD TRANSLATION TREVOR PERRI (ENG) & ANNE VANDERSCHUEREN (FR) PRODUCTION KVS & SKAGEN COPRODUCTION THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH & RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS

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