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Bagaar

Guy Cassiers, LAZARUS

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Bagaar is based on the film Coup de torchon (1981) by Bertrand Tavernier, which tells the story of a disrupted community of white colonialists in an African country right before the Second World War breaks out.

In this adaptation, the story is situated in a not-too-distant future on an island where those who ‘flee’ are brought together until a decision is made about whether they can go to the continent or not. But the continent has already kept its borders firmly closed for years. Relief workers and military personnel are on their own when it comes to keeping everything running. Society sinks into moral laxity.  

The headman of the island, Lucien Cordier, is a weakling, the laughingstock of the town, who turns a blind eye to the corruption all around him. Until something in him snaps. Without any scruples, he starts ridding himself of everyone who gets in his way.


The production is a confrontation between scenographic precision and boisterous, raw playfulness, between literary seriousness and seeming capriciousness, between a well-thought-out design and an anarchistic approach. 

Populated with grotesque characters in extreme situations and full of sharp repartee, the universe of Bagaar balances on the edge of the abyss. Biting social criticism mixes with black humour in an uneasy fable about the moral bankruptcy of a society which is extremely similar to ours. 

"In this collaboration, the highly visual theatre idiom of Toneelhuis director Guy Cassiers and the light-hearted playfulness of LAZARUS come together. The result is a dazzling staging of grotesque scenes, among other things in which Koen De Graeve and Charlotte Vandermeersch eagerly present caricatures. These actors make an excellent team. Their mannerisms, their flirting, their affected French and stuttering English are equally tragicomic and oppressive in the claustrophobic setting."

"So it’s obvious that the Cassiers-LAZARUS marriage has been a good one for both parties, certainly in terms of form. The people from LAZARUS inject the stylized literary stage idiom of Cassiers with a welcome dose of fun and foolishness. In turn, thanks to a firm and consistent approach, the talents of the Lazaruses come into full play."

Ciska Hoet in De Morgen *** , 17 March 2019

"For the theatrical adaptation of the classic Coup de Torchon, the LAZARUS collective is working with director Guy Cassiers for the first time. And that’s a boost."

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Credits

after

  • Coup de torchon van Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche

director

  • Guy Cassiers

co-direction

  • Pieter Genard

dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans

adaptation

  • wordt collectief gemaakt

with

  • Katelijne Damen
  • Koen De Graeve
  • Marianne Loots
  • Günther Lesage
  • Ryszard Turbiasz
  • Joris Van den Brande
  • Charlotte Vandermeersch

scenography

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

costume

  • Karen De Wolf

light design

  • Fabiana Piccioli

coproduction

  • Toneelhuis
  • ARSENAAL/LAZARUS

with the support of

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

All data

  1. Friday 22 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp introduction at 19.15 at De Verdieping
  2. Saturday 23 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Tuesday 26 March 2019 — , Mechelen
  4. Wednesday 27 March 2019 — , Mechelen
  5. Thursday 28 March 2019 — , Mechelen
  6. Friday 29 March 2019 — , Mechelen
  7. Saturday 30 March 2019 — , Mechelen
  8. Tuesday 2 April 2019 — , Kortrijk
  9. Wednesday 3 April 2019 — , Turnhout
  10. Thursday 4 April 2019 — , Mechelen
  11. Friday 5 April 2019 — , Mechelen
  12. Saturday 6 April 2019 — , Mechelen
  13. Wednesday 17 April 2019 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  14. Thursday 18 April 2019 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  15. Friday 19 April 2019 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  16. Tuesday 23 April 2019 — , Roeselare
  17. Wednesday 24 April 2019 — , Knokke-Heist
  18. Thursday 25 April 2019 — , Torhout
  19. Friday 26 April 2019 — , Beveren
  20. Saturday 27 April 2019 — , Herzele
  21. Tuesday 30 April 2019 — , Maasmechelen
  22. Thursday 2 May 2019 — 19U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp introduction at 19.15 at De Verdieping
  23. Friday 3 May 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp introduction at 19.15 at De Verdieping
  24. Saturday 4 May 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  25. Sunday 5 May 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  26. Tuesday 7 May 2019 — , Brugge
  27. Wednesday 8 May 2019 — , Aalst
  28. Thursday 9 May 2019 — , Scherpenheuvel-Zichem
  29. Friday 10 May 2019 — , Aarschot
  30. Saturday 11 May 2019 — , Tienen
  31. Monday 13 May 2019 — , Hasselt
  32. Wednesday 15 May 2019 — , Eeklo
  33. Thursday 16 May 2019 — , Heist-Op-Den-Berg
  34. Friday 17 May 2019 — , Lokeren
  35. Saturday 18 May 2019 — , Asse
  36. Tuesday 21 May 2019 — , Ninove
  37. Wednesday 22 May 2019 — , Strombeek-Bever
  38. Thursday 23 May 2019 — , Sint-Niklaas
  39. Friday 24 May 2019 — , Bornem
  40. Monday 27 May 2019 — , Groningen
  41. Wednesday 29 May 2019 — , Waregem
  42. Friday 31 May 2019 — , Leuven
  43. Friday 7 June 2019 — , Brussels
  44. Saturday 8 June 2019 — , Brussels
  45. Tuesday 11 June 2019 — Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
  46. Wednesday 12 June 2019 — , Rotterdam
  1. Thursday 14 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Saturday 16 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Sunday 17 March 2019 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Tuesday 19 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Wednesday 20 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  6. Thursday 21 March 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp

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