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Fri 01.05.2020 - Wed 05.05.2021
The sorrows of Belgium II: Rex

Yellow

Luk Perceval / NTGent
01.05.2020
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05.05.2021

In the trilogy The Sorrows of Belgium, director Luk Perceval zooms in on the Belgian tricolour and on three darker moments in Belgian history: the exploitation of Congo under Leopold II in Black, the collaboration with the German occupier during World War II in Yellow and the terrorist attacks in Brussel in Red.

1936. A new generation dreams of a Unified Reich. They are conservative, anti-liberal, anti-Marxist and racist. Léon Degrelle was one of them. The Belgian politician formed the Rex fascist party in 1936. During the Second World War he raised the Walloon Legion, a unit of the SS that fought on the Eastern Front. With the end of the war, in 1945 Degrelle was sentenced to death by default. He lived in Spain until 1994 where he had taken on a new identity, supported by the dictator Franco. As a military politician, Léon Degrelle symbolised the growing fascism that surfaced all over Europe in the thirties.

ABOUT LUK PERCEVAL

In 1984 Luk Perceval set up the legendary Blauwe Maandag Compagnie with whom he made Ten Oorlog, probably one of the most important theatre pieces in the history of Flemish culture. In 1997 he established Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp and directed internationally acclaimed performances such as AARS!, Dood van een Handelsreiziger, Andromak and Oom Vanja. Since 2000, Perceval has mostly worked abroad. He was house director of the Schaubühne in Berlin and Leitender Regisseur (Head director) of the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Perceval was honoured with the title of ‘Regisseur des Jahres’ (Director of the Year) and received the Faust, The Golden Mask and Stanislavsky Award for his contribution to the development of contemporary theatre. Besides his theatre work, Perceval also directs opera and documentaries and is also known as a yoga teacher. At NTGent he directed Platonov, FRONT, Oogst van de wrok and Sneeuw. In 2019 Perceval is artist-in-residence at NTGent.

Credits

REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Luk Perceval SPEL / JEU / CAST Peter Seynaeve, Chris Thys, Oscar Van Rompay, Lien Wildemeersch … DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Steven Heene DECORONTWERP / CONCEPTION DÉCOR / STAGE DESIGN Annette Kurz KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION COSTUME / COSTUME DESIGN Ilse Vandenbussche PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION NTGent

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