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© Lieselot Siddiki & Anton Claeys

De Duivels / Les Diables

Krapp (Mats Vandroogenbroeck, Nona Demey Gallagher & Timo Sterckx) & KVS
Thu 27.04.2023 - Fri 05.05.2023
27.04.2023
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05.05.2023
  • 27.04.2023
    20:30 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
  • 28.04.2023
    20:30 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
  • 02.05.2023
    14:00 - 15:30
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    For schools
  • 04.05.2023
    20:30 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
  • 05.05.2023
    20:30 - 22:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX

At the start of the 17th century, the French provincial town of Loudun is shaken by a wave of hysteria: local nun Jeanne des Anges claims she is possessed by the devil.

Soon her seventeen fellow nuns are affected by the same demon – one that climbs over the convent walls at night with obscene intent. The nuns all point the finger at the progressive, sexually promiscuous priest Urbain Grandier. This accusation marks the start of one of the most infamous witch trials in history. Loudun becomes the scene of a grand political theatre; both the accused Grandier and the nuns become actors in a legal spectacle that addresses brand-new societal issues. Is the nuns’ possession truly a supernatural intervention by evil powers, or is it a collective denunciation of their centuries-long (sexual) oppression? And is Grandier guilty, or is he merely a scapegoat in a fast-evolving world?

Krapp wants to break open this historical case and use it as the basis for a new theatre performance. De Duivels/Les Diables takes the form of a modern trial, with the audience serving as a public jury. This jury is confronted with a society in the midst of a crisis of faith, where fear and doubt seep into the cracks that form in the old, monolithic truths.

Right at this time of major change – of scientific revolution, emerging enlightened thinking, growing atheism and feminist emancipation – forgotten devils re-emerge, stronger, more powerful and more conservative than ever before.

Credits

CONCEPT & MET / CONCEPT & AVEC / CONCEPT & WITH Mats Vandroogenbroeck, Nona Demey Gallagher & Timo Sterckx KOSTUUMS / COSTUMES Lieselot Siddiki ARTWORK Anton Claeys PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION KRAPP & KVS COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Perpodium MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF de Belgische Federale Overheid via Cronos Invest

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