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De verse tijd

الوقت الجديد

Kuno Bakker, Mokhallad Rasem

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Mokhallad Rasem and Kuno Bakker present nine miniature dramas. 

The two theatre-makers, Mokhallad Rasem and Kuno Bakker, carry out a series of conversations about their relations with respect to each other and their surroundings. Humorous as well as painful, poetic as well as banal. A search by two wayward spirits for common ground. Together the parts tell a frame story about two men who, in spite of their differences, look for the common ground where their lives touch and enrich each other. Or where perhaps they should leave each other alone.

In the heart-to-heart talk about these differences, the audience is invited to think along and define their own position. 


Can we simply perform without
talking about anything?
Can we throw out all the words
and start over?
Can’t we just: You’re this and I’m that?

"Their heartfelt talks are reminiscent of Toon Tellegen’s stories of the grasshopper and the ant, but now it’s two people: two men from different cultures who are curious about each other, finding some things a little strange, other things rather odd; two lives that touch upon, complement, and enrich each other."

"Bakker and Rasem are born entertainers who are a perfect duo. While they do not avoid heavy subjects, they remain light-hearted."

Ewoud Ceulemans in De Morgen *** , 8 November 2018

"It is to their credit that these two theatre-makers examine their differences beyond the obvious aspects of cultural diversity."

Gilles Michiels in De Standaard *** , 9 November 2018

"Despite the discomfort brought about by their divergent views of art and life, the men always end up sincerely embracing each other. As such, the performance is a moving ode to the equitable exchange of ideas."

"In Bakker, we mostly recognize the sensible Westerner; Rasem is the sensitive Iraqi who turns to poetry for everything. But the makers do not get distracted by this contradistinction. In the same way that a cello sonata from Brahms matches beautifully with an Arabic song at the end of the show, De verse tijd expresses a continual curiosity about the other and the other’s world. And that feels good."

"De verse tijd is a charming performance by two men who affectionately explore their differences instead glossing them over, and who look for the points where their lives touch upon and enrich each other."

Credits

by and with

  • Kuno Bakker
  • Mokhallad Rasem

video and lighting design

  • Julian Maiwald

production

  • Dood paard

coproduction

  • Toneelhuis

All data

  1. Saturday 16 November 2019 — 20U30 — Theater De Omval, Diemen
  2. Tuesday 3 December 2019 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  3. Thursday 12 December 2019 — 20U00 — oc Nova, Antwerp
  4. Friday 20 December 2019 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  5. Saturday 21 December 2019 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  6. Saturday 18 January 2020 — Theater De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort
  7. Wednesday 4 March 2020 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  8. Thursday 5 March 2020 — 10U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  9. Thursday 5 March 2020 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  10. Friday 6 March 2020 — 10U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  11. Friday 6 March 2020 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  1. Wednesday 7 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Thursday 8 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Friday 9 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Saturday 10 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Thursday 15 November 2018 — 20U30 — Kaaistudio's, Brussels
  6. Friday 16 November 2018 — 20U30 — Kaaistudio's, Brussels
  7. Wednesday 21 November 2018 — 20U15 — C-mine, Genk
  8. Thursday 22 November 2018 — 20U15 — CC De Steiger, Menen
  9. Wednesday 28 November 2018 — 20U00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  10. Thursday 29 November 2018 — 20U00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  11. Tuesday 4 December 2018 — 21U00 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  12. Wednesday 5 December 2018 — 21U00 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  13. Thursday 6 December 2018 — 21U00 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  14. Friday 7 December 2018 — 21U00 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  15. Saturday 8 December 2018 — 21U00 — Frascati, Amsterdam
  16. Wednesday 12 December 2018 — 20U30 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  17. Thursday 13 December 2018 — 20U30 — Theater Ins Blau, 2311 AA Leiden
  18. Friday 14 December 2018 — 20U30 — Grand Theatre, Groningen
  19. Saturday 15 December 2018 — 20U00 — Theater Bouwkunde, Deventer
  20. Tuesday 18 December 2018 — 20U00 — Corrosia, Almere
  21. Friday 21 December 2018 — 20U00 — Toneelschuur, Haarlem
  22. Saturday 22 December 2018 — 20U00 — Toneelschuur, Haarlem
  23. Tuesday 8 January 2019 — 20U00 — Theater Kikker, Utrecht
  24. Wednesday 9 January 2019 — 20U00 — Theater Kikker, Utrecht
  25. Thursday 10 January 2019 — 20U00 — Concordia, Enschede
  26. Saturday 12 January 2019 — Chassé Theater,, Breda
  27. Tuesday 15 January 2019 — Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
  28. Wednesday 16 January 2019 — Stadsschouwburg, Arnhem
  29. Friday 18 January 2019 — Theater De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
  30. Sunday 20 January 2019 — de meervaart, Amsterdam
  31. Saturday 7 September 2019 — 20U30 — Nederlands Theaterfestival, Amsterdam
  32. Sunday 8 September 2019 — 20U30 — Nederlands Theaterfestival, Amsterdam

Nieuws over ‘De verse tijd’

Article — 1 August 2019

SELECTED NO LESS THAN THREE TIMES!

Two Toneelhuis productions, AREN by Benjamin Verdonck and new skin by Hannah De Meyer have been selected by Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. De verse tijd by Mokhallad Rasem and Kuno Bakker (a coproduction with Dood Paard) has been selected for the Nederlands Theaterfestival. 

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