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Grandpa Puss; or how God disappeared

Lisaboa Houbrechts / laGeste (les ballets C de la B + kabinet k)
Fri 03.03.2023 - Sat 04.03.2023
03.03.2023
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04.03.2023
  • 03.03.2023
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL
  • 04.03.2023
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOL

Director and theatre creator Lisaboa Houbrechts writes and directs a family epic that spans three generations. She looks back at the lifetimes of her grandparents, her parents, and her own generation.

She searches for the ways in which the great and the small, the intimate and the political, the past and the present are interconnected. The central figure is a twelve-year-old girl who stands at the end of a long streak of history and who delves into the hidden traumas of the past. Houbrechts turns the story into a trilogy of visual, lyrical and musical splendour.

The twelve-year-old Granddaughter of All Granddaughters looks back into her grandfather's past. His childhood, the war, sexual abuse in the fraternity school and the cruel marriage with Grandma Puss. Historical traumas mingle with current events. The Granddaughter of All Granddaughters is magical. She struggles through the pool of memories to visit the children of the past. The violence done to children determines the violence of tomorrow. 

Grandpa Puss; or how God disappeared tells the story of a family breakdown in which Grandpa Puss and his son sacrifice their faith and nail Jesus to the Cross. This to the despair of Grandma Puss who wants to keep her family pious and pure in a world that is becoming more and more secular in the 1970s. 

In a profound collage of intense images, texts and music, Lisaboa Houbrechts interweaves fragments of Bach's St John Passion with her own texts. Hhe connects Bach with contemporary electronic music and all the sound possibilities of an accordion. She gives a voice and a body to the disappearing Jesus and goes in search of a different form of faith. 

For this grand narrative, Lisaboa Houbrechts works with players, singers and musicians of all ages. From children to young adult performers to some established theatre monuments. She builds a house of magic and poetry in which the children of today play with the young versions of their parents and grandparents.

“It is a dark tale. It opens wounds and sewers. It is about how children are trapped in a chain of violence. The urge to break that chain can release a tremendous life force and imagination, but it can also implode into a cycle of destruction. The space between theatre and opera is the perfect form to bring this most intimate to a radical expression."

Lisaboa Houbrechts

Credits

TEKST, REGIE / TEXTE, MISE EN SCÈNE / TEXT, DIRECTION Lisaboa Houbrechts ARIA’S, KORALEN & RECITATIEVEN / ARIAS, CHORALS & RÉCITATIFS / ARIAS, CHORALES & RECITATIVES J. S. Bach MUZIKALE LEIDING & ARRANGEMENTEN / DIRECTION MUSICALE ET ARRANGEMENTS / MUSICAL DIRECTION & ARRANGEMENTS Pedro Beriso MET / AVEC / WITH Alberto Martinez, Boule Mpanya, Driss Vandekerckhove, Eddie Dumont, Elisa Soster, Elsie de Brauw, Ferre Vereecken, Jules Dorné, Pieter Ampe, Philippe Thuriot, Stefaan Degand, Wolf De Graeve, Zofia Hanna ARRANGEMENTEN VOOR ACCORDEON EN TENOR / ARRANGEMENTS POUR ACCORDÉON ET TÉNOR / ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACCORDEON & TENOR Philippe Thuriot SAMENSTELLING EN REALISATIE MUZIEKSCORE / COMPOSITION & RÉALISATION PARTITION MUSICALE / COMPOSITION & REALISATION MUSIC SCORE Bert & Stijn Cools (Granvat) SCENOGRAFIE & POPPEN / SCÉNOGRAPHIE & MARIONETTES / SCENOGRAPHY & PUPPETS Filip Peeters KOSTUUMONTWERP / COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Oumar Dicko LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRE / LIGHTING DESIGN Fabiana Piccioli DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Hildegard De Vust MUZIEKDRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY MUSICALE / MUSICAL DRAMATURGY Piet De Volder ORKEST (OPNAME) / ORCHESTRE (ENREGISTREMENTS) / ORCHESTRA (RECORDING) Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen LICHTTECHNIEK / RÉGISSEUR ÉCLAIRAGE / LIGHT TECHNICIAN Bennert Vancottem GELUIDSTECHNIEK / RÉGISSEUR SON / SOUND TECHNICIAN Brecht Beuselinck UITVOERING KOSTUUM / RÉALISATION COSTUMES / EXECUTION COSTUMES Oumar Dicko i.s.m. kostuumatelier Toneelhuis (Kathleen Van Mechelen, Kasia Mielczarek, Liezelot Osselaer, Monique Van Hassel) UITVOEREND DECOR & POPPEN / RÉALISATION DÉCOR & MARIONETTES / SET EXECUTION & PUPPETS Filip Peeters & Atelier Froefroe (Marc Maillard) STAGE REGIE-ASSISTENT/ STAGE ASSISTANT·E À LA MISE EN SCÈNE / INTERN ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Lieselot Siddiki SPREIDING / DIFFUSION / DISTRIBUTION Helena Elshout / laGeste PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION laGeste (les ballets C de la B + kabinet k) COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Toneelhuis, Le Phénix Valenciennes, Mc 93, Opéra De Lille, Holland Festival MET DANK AAN / REMERCIEMENTS / THANKS TO The School Of Gaasbeek MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF The City Of Ghent, The Flemish Government, The Tax Shelter Measure Of The Belgian Federal Government Via Flanders Tax Shelter