© Gaetan Chekaiban

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Mesut Arslan, Platform 0090 & KVS
31.10.2019
-
29.02.2020

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. 

Taking his fascination with human relationships and the complex emotions that accompany them, the director tackles one of the most-performed classics of the twentieth century: Edward Albee’s 1962 play Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Of course, he does so ‘Arslan-style’, 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.

 

Mesut Arslan interprets George and Martha’s story in a unique, tangential approach. This elderly couple cruelly visit all their disillusions upon the idealistic young pair Nick and Honey, manipulative interventions transform the performance into a political lecture, leveraging the public and the private. Brace yourself for an acoustic experience that makes use of the entire space. 

Is part of the parcours:
> Afterwork

Mesut Arslan works with sixteen actors. Twelve of them echo the sentences uttered by the four main characters, subtly colouring their words. Gradually, this erupts into a game of hierarchy, peer pressure and power. What happens when an actor only has one voice actor to back him up, when his opponent’s lines are mouthed along loudly by eleven voices? Will the audience listen to the loudest voice? Does the majority always win? What is fiction, what is real, and whom can you trust?

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 SCENOGRAFIE / SCENOGRAPHIE / SCENOGRAPHY PASCAL LEBOUCQ LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIERES / LIGHT DESIGN JAN MAERTENS ARTISTIEK ADVIES / AVIS ARTISTIQUE / ARTISTIC ADVICE MARC VANRUNXT SPEL / JEU / CAST FRANK DIERENS, DARYA GANTURA, RASHIF EL KAOUI, DORIEN DE CLIPPEL STEMACTEURS / ACTEURS DE VOIX / VOICE ACTORS A. O. MISJA NOLET, YASMIEN ADAM, ALICAN ÜNAL, LAYLA ÖNLEN, NYIRAGASIGWA HENS ... LICHTTEHCNIEK / TECHNIQUE LUMIERES / LIGHT TECHNICS HELMI DEMEULEMEESTER GELUID / SON / SOUND MAX STUURMAN 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

Check out our themes