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Antigone in Molenbeek

Guy Cassiers

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“Burying the dead is one of mankind’s oldest rituals. But Nouria’s brother is a jihadi who has died in a suicidal terrorist attack. And that changes everything." - Guy Cassiers 

A ‘hellhole’ was how a certain president described Molenbeek. That was in early 2016. Stefan Hertmans was writing his Antigone in Molenbeek at the time. He had used Antigone as a central character in his work before this, but now he was placing her in the midst of contemporary multicultural society.

Here, Antigone’s name is Nouria and she is a law student. One of her brothers had turned radical, gone to the Middle East, fought for ISIS and now has died in a terrorist attack. Nouria is determined to bury the remains of her dead brother. When authorities refuse to release his body, Nouria breaks into the forensic centre where the remains are held, but is caught and arrested. From then on, everything goes wrong.

Guy Cassiers is directing actress and theatre-maker Sachli Gholamalizad (b. 1982, Iran) in a staging that subtly depicts Molenbeek with visual images while the text conducts a dialogue with Dimitri Shostakovich’s last string quartet (No. 15), in which the composer says farewell to life.
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Both Nouria and Tiresias question order and authority, the boundaries and laws of patriarchal (Western) and society. From their position as ‘outsiders’, Nouria and Tiresias expose society’s repressed sexual, social and political prejudices.

Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text to

  • Antigone in Molenbeek van Stefan Hertmans

with

  • Sachli Gholamalizad

scenography and video

  • Charlotte Bouckaert

music

  • Danel Quartet

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • Danel Quartet

with the support of

  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Thursday 30 April 2020 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Saturday 2 May 2020 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Sunday 3 May 2020 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp

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