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JR

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In the mid-1970s the New York stock market was dealt a serious blow or at least badly shaken, when out of nowhere a new player took the market by storm. JR Vansandt is sharp, ruthless and... just eleven years old.

Consumed by some moral sense and concealed behind a modest little army of straw men, lawyers and spin doctors, the whippersnapper lays his invisible claw on Wall Street, thus wreaking havoc with the competition, the stock market in general, the American and global political establishment, but also with people who have nothing whatsoever to do with any of this. He would have been Warren Buffet’s worst nightmare, had he really existed.  

William Gaddis is considered one of the most influential writers in American postmodern literature. His experimental magnum opus JR is a complex and at times hilarious satire on capitalism. FC Bergman took this novel as its starting point for its eponymous production about people who are too fragile for the environment in which they find themselves. People who try in vain to shape their lives, failing to separate essentials from inessentials and overreach themselves in their race against eternity.

JR is a site-specific production with a minefield of lives, relationships and incidents as the set.

"The production’s kaleidoscopic approach makes for a unique audience experience, one that has you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout. (...) The live film, which everyone can follow, is a gem in itself. (...) Moreover, thanks to the film images, we get to see up-close the highly accomplished acting of aces like Jan Bijvoet, Frank Focketyn, Geert Van Rampelberg, Gene Bervoets, the delightful Anne-Laure Vandeputte from Ghent and the talented, young Kes Bakker."

"JR , FC Bergman’s satire on the destructive nature of capitalism, is a technically masterly and confounding total experience."

Gilles Michiels in De Standaard **** , 24 March 2018

"JR is a trip that knocks the spectator for six. You are besieged by sensations, which are rarely gratuitous. Careful thought has been given to every intervention. Each and every word has been weighed. The montage is incredible. This production runs like a Swiss watch, bravo!"

Credits

director

  • Joé Agemans
  • Thomas Verstraeten
  • Stef Aerts
  • Marie Vinck

text

  • William Gaddis

adaptation

  • FC Bergman i.s.m. Bart Van den Eynde en Willem Wallyn

with

  • Joé Agemans
  • Kes Bakker
  • Gene Bervoets
  • Jan Bijvoet
  • Michael De Cock
  • Rashif El Kaoui
  • Frank Focketyn
  • Ella-June Henrard
  • Bart Hollanders
  • Anne-Laure Vandeputte
  • Imke Mol
  • Stijn Van Opstal
  • Junior Mthombeni
  • Thomas Verstraeten
  • Oscar Van Rompay
  • Geert Van Rampelberg
  • Marie Vinck
  • e.a.
  • Wolf Verniers

sound design

  • Senjan Jansen

light design

  • FC Bergman i.s.m. Ken Hioco

costume design

  • Joëlle Meerbergen

production

  • FC Bergman
  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • KVS
  • NTGent
  • Olympique Dramatique

with the support of

  • De Neef Milieu en Chemiegroep
  • Must – Museum voor textiel, Ronse
  • Café Costume
  • Casa Kafka Pictures - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid

thanks to

  • Ludo Teeuwen
  • Bart Grietens
  • Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen
  • Art in Flanders vzw
  • Hugo Maertens
  • opleiding master in het vertalen van de KU Leuven te Brussel

All data

  1. Wednesday 18 March 2020 — 19U00 — Paleis 12, Brussels
  2. Friday 20 March 2020 — 19U00 — Paleis 12, Brussels
  3. Saturday 21 March 2020 — 19U00 — Paleis 12, Brussels
  4. Sunday 22 March 2020 — 15U00 — Paleis 12, Brussels
  1. Thursday 22 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  2. Saturday 24 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  3. Sunday 25 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  4. Tuesday 27 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  5. Wednesday 28 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  6. Thursday 29 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  7. Friday 30 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  8. Saturday 31 March 2018 — 19U30 — voormalige Electrabelsite, Schelle
  9. Tuesday 5 June 2018 — 19U00 — Floraliënhal, Gent
  10. Wednesday 6 June 2018 — 19U00 — Floraliënhal, Gent
  11. Thursday 7 June 2018 — 19U00 — Floraliënhal, Gent
  12. Friday 8 June 2018 — 19U00 — Floraliënhal, Gent
  13. Saturday 9 June 2018 — 19U00 — Floraliënhal, Gent
  14. Saturday 16 June 2018 — 19U00 — Centrale Markthal, Amsterdam
  15. Sunday 17 June 2018 — 19U00 — Centrale Markthal, Amsterdam
  16. Monday 18 June 2018 — 19U00 — Centrale Markthal, Amsterdam
  17. Friday 12 April 2019 — 19U00 — La Villette, Paris
  18. Saturday 13 April 2019 — 19U00 — La Villette, Paris
  19. Sunday 14 April 2019 — 16U00 — La Villette, Paris
  20. Monday 15 April 2019 — 19U00 — La Villette, Paris
  21. Tuesday 16 April 2019 — 19U00 — La Villette, Paris

Nieuws over ‘JR’

Article — 6 March 2018

JR SURTITLED IN ENGLISH

The performance of JR (FC Bergman) on location in Schelle will be surtitled in English on 30 and 31 March 2018.

Comments (4)

Cathérine — 26 March 2018

Heeft iemand nog tickets voor JR te SCHELLE? Alle data zijn goed!

Elisabeth Hirner — 22 March 2018

Dag, de tickets voor Jr vanavond 22/3 zijn verkocht maar de bustickets zijn nog over. Iemand? elisabeth.hirner@gmail.com

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