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WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Edward Albee / Mesut Arslan / Platform 0090 & KVS
Thu 31.10.2019 - Thu 28.01.2021
31.10.2019
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28.01.2021

Mesut Arslan, one of our KVS faces, has been basking in glowing reviews in Belgium and beyond with his wonderfully quirky interpretations of popular and less well-known repertoire. 

From his fascination with human relations and the complex emotions they bring about, Mesut Arslan started working on one of the most frequently performed classics of the twentieth century, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? of Edward Albee from 1962. It tells the story of George and Martha, an older couple that in all cruelty takes out their disillusions on each other, and the younger, more idealistic couple Nick and Honey, who get entangled in their game.

Of course, he does so ‘Arslan-style’, in a unique, tangential approach. Creating an extraordinary game of space and time, with a lighting design by Jan Maertens and in a scenography by Pascal Leboucq. Ata Ünal takes on the dramaturgy and Marc Vanrunxt lends artistic advice.

Manipulative interventions transform the performance into a political lecture, leveraging the public and the private. The struggle for power is magnified: the four main characters are surrounded by a chorus of twelve voice actors. They move freely in the show and choose to align themselves - or not - with one specific character to echo their words. Some main characters are amplified, some contradicted, weakened or destabilised. Gradually, a game of hierarchy, peer pressure and power unfolds. What if one actor only has one voice actor behind them, while the text of their fellow actor is repeated by eleven voice actors at the top of their voice?

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Credits

TEKST / TEXTE / TEXT Edward Albee VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Gerard Reve REGIE & CONCEPT / CONCEPT & MISE EN SCENE / DIRECTION & CONCEPT Mesut Arslan DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Ata Ünal SPEL / JEU / CAST Frank Dierens, Darya Gantura, Rashif El Kaoui, Dorien De Clippel STEMACTEURS / ACTEURS DE VOIX / VOICE ACTORS Misja Nolet, Antje De Boeck, Juicy Dune, Nyira Hens, Layla Önlen, Elien Hanselaer, Marc De Knijf, Niels Planckaert, Robin Keyaert, Joachim Gys, Ali Can Ünal, Philippe Bernaerts SCENOGRAFIE / SCENOGRAPHIE / SCENOGRAPHY Pascal Leboucq LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIERES / LIGHT DESIGN Jan Maertens KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Johanna Trudzinski COMPONIST / COMPOSITEUR / COMPOSER Peter Spaepen ARTISTIEK ADVIES / AVIS ARTISTIQUE / ARTISTIC ADVICE Marc Vanrunxt, Matthias Velle ADAPTATIE / ADAPTATION Michael De Cock, Matthias Velle VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Anne Vanderschueren (NL>FR), Trevor Perri (NL>EN) LICHTTEHCNIEK / TECHNIQUE LUMIERES / LIGHT TECHNICS Helmi Demeulemeester GELUID / SON / SOUND Max Stuurman TONEELMEESTER / RÉGISSEUR / STAGE MANAGER Davy Deschepper REGIE-ASSISTENTIE & BOVENTITELING / ASSISTANTE À LA MISE EN SCÈNE & SURTITRAGE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & SURTITLING Inge Floré PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEUR DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Tanja Vrancken KLEEDSTER / COSTUMIÈRE / DRESSER Heidi Ehrhart STAGE REGIE ASSISTENTIE / STAGE DIRECTION À LA MISE EN SCÈNE / INTERN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Sara Gracia Santacreu PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Platform 0090, KVS COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Toneelhuis, C-Mine, Perpodium MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF The Flemish Government &The Tax Shelter Measure Of The Belgian Federal Government

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