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Vijand van het volk

Olympique Dramatique / Toneelhuis
Fri 02.12.2022 - Sun 04.12.2022
02.12.2022
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04.12.2022
  • 02.12.2022
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
    Past event
  • 03.12.2022
    20:00 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
    Past event
  • 04.12.2022
    15:00 - 17:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
    Past event

A repertory play could not be more topical: the environmental scandals close to home, the manipulative mechanisms of political decision-making, the struggles of whistle-blowers... Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People analyses it all. But his wry comedy also shows the personal consequences of fighting for one's ideals

Doctor Thomas Stockman discovers that the water at the spa in his town is extremely polluted and is causing the visitors to become deathly ill. In the interest of public health, he wants to publicize his findings. He asks the local authorities to intervene. His brother, Peter Stockman, is the mayor of the town. He has his reservations. Publicizing the news will have incalculable economic consequences for the town. What’s more, the townspeople will be left footing the bill.

The clash between a fiery idealist and a pragmatic politician turns into a municipal war between the rightness of one person and the ‘common sense’ of the masses. Science versus politics. What is the value of truth? And how far do you go in support of your convictions? Simmering beneath this conflict over the common good is the competition and personal strife between two brothers.

Vijand van het volk (An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen, 1882) describes both a social crisis and a family crisis. This timeless, wry comedy evokes burningly topical echoes of recent environmental scandals close to home and whistle-blower affairs. It mercilessly shows the manipulative mechanisms of behind-the-scenes decision-making, and the scheming in the corridors. 

True to form, Olympique Dramatique has assembled a sophisticated and strong cast of performers, with an eye for new talent.

'This show has been chronically relevant for 140 years.'

Stijn Van Opstal

Credits

TEKST (NAAR DIVERSE BRONNEN) / TEXTE (D’APRÈS DIVERSES SOURCES) / TEXT (AFTER VARIOUS SOURCES) Henrik Ibsen BEWERKING / ADAPTATION / ADAPTATION Tom Dewispelaere, Joeri Happel, Lucie Plasschaert VAN & MET / DE & AVEC / BY & WITH Sanne Samina Hanssen, Joeri Happel, Han Kerckhoffs, Lucie Plasschaert, Nico Sturm, Iris Van Cauwenbergh, Stijn Van Opstal / Jan Bijvoet / Koen De Sutter GELUIDSONTWERP, ZANGCOACH / CONCEPTION SONORE, COACH VOCAL / SOUND DESIGN, VOCAL COACH Wouter Deltour SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SCENOGRAPHY Stef Stessel LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRE / LIGHTING DESIGN Frank Hardy KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Inge Büsscher ASSISTENT KOSTUUMONTWERP / ASSISTANT CONCEPTION COSTUMES / ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGN Louis Verlinde PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Toneelhuis, Olympique Dramatique MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF De Tax Shelter Van De Belgische Federale Overheid, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter