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Lisaboa Houbrechts / Toneelhuis
Tue 18.02.2020 20:00 - 22:00
KVS, Brussels
Past event
20:00 - 22:00
Past event

Mad Meg takes you on a journey through time. A kaleidoscopic portrait of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and the era in which he created her. After the daring 1095 (2017) and the controversial Hamlet (2018), Lisaboa Houbrechts delves into history once again with their new creation Bruegel. 1095 took us to the dark universe of the crusades. The raw adaptation of Hamlet resulted in a surprising family portrait, ranging from intimate to insane. Lisaboa constantly challenges her actors to multifaceted playing styles, which are allowed to clash and cause friction.

Bruegel is Lisaboa Houbrechts’ kaleidoscopic portrait of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and the times in which he created the figure of Mad Meg. She takes the viewer on a journey through time. She is derided as a butch hag because she steals objects for hell. But what if, rather than stealing those objects, she is trying to rescue them? Lisaboa Houbrechts creates a tale with those lost objects as the common thread.

Lisaboa Houbrechts: “Stories from history are behind closed doors. They have been manipulated, twisted, forgotten or reduced to a clear morality. In Bruegel I build a large web around a number of imaginary objects. They were a relic from the Low Countries, an area that was plagued by religious conflict, famine, and the slow arrival of the Little Ice Age in those times. This way, I look at the creation of Mad Meg and Bruegel’s work from a specific angle, emphasising the relationship between the personal, the political and the Dutch Golden Age – an era that rises like a tidal wave and dramatically crashes back down.”

trailer Bruegel - Lisaboa Houbrechts from Toneelhuis on Vimeo.


TEKST & REGIE / TEXTE & MISE EN SCÈNE / TEXT & DIRECTION Lisaboa Houbrechts MET / AVEC / WITH Rand Abou Fakher, Louise Bergez, Inge Van Bruystegem, Lobke Leirens, Andrew Van Ostade, Anne-Laure Vandeputte REGIEASSISTENTIE & DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANCE À LA MISE EN SCÈNE & DRAMATURGIE / ASSISTANCE TO THE DIRECTOR & DRAMATURGY Pauwel Hertmans MUZIEK / MUSIQUE / MUSIC Mostafa Taleb (kamancheh, compositie) en Harmonia Sacra: Jérôme Bertier (orgel, klavecimberl, arrangement), Florent Baffi (zang), Capucine Meens (zang), Stéphanie Revillion (zang) SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SET DESIGN Oscar van der Put KOSTUUM / COSTUMES / COSTUMES Kasia Mielczarek PRODUCTIELIEIDING / DIRECTEUR PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Celine van der Poel TECHNISCHE PRODUCTIELEIDING & LICHT / DIRECTEUR PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE & LUMIÈRES / TECHNICIAL PRODUCTION MANAGER & LIGHTING Diederik Suykens GELUID / SON / SOUND Paul Van Caudenberg PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Toneelhuis ONTWIKKELD IN / DEVELOPPÉ A / DEVELOPED AT Co-Labo COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION/ CO-PRODUCTION Le Phénix Valenciennes, Needcompany, La Villette Parijs MET DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS À / THANKS TOKMSKA, LLS Paleis MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius, culturele samenwerking Vlaamse Gemeenschap en regio Hauts-de-France