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Caligula

Guy Cassiers

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With Caligula Guy Cassiers continues his quest for the power figure and the ruler. The play is an indictment of dictatorship and the abuse of power, but also a drama about the devastating existential confrontation with death. After Camus, with Kevin Janssens in the lead role. 

With Caligula Guy Cassiers continues his quest for the power figure and the ruler. Albert Camus (1913-1960) completed his drama about cruelty under the Roman emperors just before the Second World War, but it was not performed until after the war. Partly because of wartime events, the play was not unjustly interpreted as an indictment of dictatorship and the abuse of power. 

But Camus’ Caligula is also a drama about the devastating existential confrontation with death. Caligula is unable to come to terms with the death of his sister and mistress Drusilla. He is thrown into a state of utter desolation and despair by the realization of the finiteness of life. He rejects the absurdity of life and the relativity of happiness. 

He sets off in search of the absolute, which manifests itself in his desire to hold the moon in his hands. His surroundings, his friends, the senators are ‘relativists’ in the literal sense of the word: they live and survive, more or less happily, with their illusions, their lies and their compromises. Caligula wants to expose those lies and make everyone recognize the naked truth: the abyss of absolute freedom beyond good and evil. This drives him to shocking atrocities and the random exercise of power. He experiments with the life and death of people around him because he can and has the power to do so. Scenes of unprecedented abuse of power and humiliating brutality alternate with intimate philosophical dialogues in which Caligula endeavours to fathom the meaning of life.  

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Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text

  • Albert Camus

translation

  • Yannick Dangre

with

  • Ella Peeters
  • Bernard Soenens
  • Luc Pay
  • Stan Meys
  • Nico Sturm
  • Leo Van Deyck
  • Alex Desiron
  • Kevin Janssens
  • Johan Van Assche
  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Katelijne Damen
  • Willy Herremans
  • Sam Schurg

video design

  • Kurt D'Haeseleer

sound design

  • Diederik De Cock

costume and set design

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

adaptation, dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans

production

  • Toneelhuis

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Er zijn geen aankomende activiteiten voor dit event.

  1. Thursday 19 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Friday 20 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Saturday 21 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Sunday 22 November 2015 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Wednesday 25 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  6. Thursday 26 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  7. Friday 27 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  8. Saturday 28 November 2015 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  9. Tuesday 1 December 2015 — Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Den Haag
  10. Thursday 3 December 2015 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
  11. Monday 7 December 2015 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  12. Thursday 10 December 2015 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  13. Friday 11 December 2015 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  14. Saturday 12 December 2015 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  15. Wednesday 16 December 2015 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam

Nieuws over ‘Caligula’

Article — 23 November 2015

“Moorddadige Caligula blijkt akelig actueel”

Donderdag ging Caligula in première in de Bourla. De voorstelling is nog op tournee in België en Nederland  t.e.m. 16 december 2015. Een greep uit de recensies:

Article — 6 July 2015

Toneelhuis in augustus

Toneelhuismakers zijn met hun voorstellingen op reis in Europa, de inkomhal van de Bourla wordt opgefrist en Pierre, het nieuwe café van De Foyer, is open.

Video — 11 May 2015

De essentie is de acteur die een gesprek aangaat met het publiek

Hilde Jansens en Wilbert van den Heuvel spraken met Guy Cassiers. Zij is arts in het Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen en groot cultuurliefhebber. Hij is docent pedagogiek en reist regelmatig vanuit Nijmegen naar Antwerpen voor een avond theater in de Bourla. Zij legden aan Guy Cassiers hun zorgvuldig voorbereide vragen voor.

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