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Mefisto for ever

Triptiek van de macht I

Mefisto for ever is an adaptation by the author Tom Lanoye of Klaus Mann’s novel Mephisto. In this biographical novel, published in 1936, Klaus Mann deals with an actor/theatre director who collaborated with the Nazi regime.

The starting point of the performance is a clear historical situation. After the extreme right party has entered into power, a theatre company is reflecting on where things should be going from here. Some of the actors leave the country and choose to go into exile to offer resistance from abroad.

Theatre director and star actor Kurt Köpler – the name of the leading character in Lanoye’s revision – on the other hand He thinks he is able to fight the regime from within. Beauty is the artist’s weapon. But how long can you keep it up? Where does the strategy end, and where does the fatale compromise start? Guy Cassiers and Tom Lanoye adapted Mephisto into a contemporary fable about art and politics, integrity and betrayal, passion and opportunism. Mefisto for ever mixes Tom Lanoye’s satirical seriousness, Guy Cassiers technological theatricality and a strong cast, with an explosive cocktail as a result. It is contemporary theatre about contemporary things…

TRIPTYCH OF POWER

After his impressive Proust cycle, a poignant and subdued theatrical meditation about memory and lost time, Guy Cassiers focuses on the complex connection between art, politics and power in a new trilogy, the Triptych of Power.

The first part Mefisto for ever, based on the novel Mephisto by Klaus Mann, was first performed in the autumn of 2006. Cassiers got his inspiration for the second part Wolfskers in three film scenarios from the Russian movie director Aleksandr Sokurov about Lenin, Hitler and Hirohito. The third part Atropa. Avenging peace reaches back to the Greek tragedies and more specifically those featuring the Trojan War.

Although the three parts can be viewed as separate performances, also in this case the whole is more than just the sum of its parts. Just like in the case of the Proust cycle the trilogy offers the possibility of deepening and broadening the theme. As the trilogy builds up, more and more echoes are sounding along.

Mefisto for ever narrates the story of (diabolical) seduction by power. Wolfskers is the story of poisoning by power (Wolfskers is the name of a poisonous plant). And finally Atropa. Avenging peace tells the story of the agony of power (as well as a family of poisonous plants, Atropa is the name of one of the Greek Fates who cuts the thread of life).

Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text

  • Tom Lanoye

after

  • Klaus Mann

performance

  • Dirk Roofthooft
  • Vic De Wachter
  • Abke Haring
  • Katelijne Damen
  • Marc Van Eeghem
  • Suzanne Grotenhuis
  • Josse De Pauw
  • Gilda De Bal

scenography

  • Marc Warning

styling/set design

  • Enrico Bagnoli
  • Diederik De Cock
  • Arjen Klerkx

costume design

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

movie dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans
  • Corien Baart

production

  • Toneelhuis

thanks to

  • Katelijne Verbeke
  • Peter Gorissen
  • Stefan Perceval
  • Ariane van Vliet

All data

Er zijn geen aankomende activiteiten voor dit event.

  1. Friday 7 September 2007 — Nederlands Theaterfestival, Amsterdam
  2. Saturday 8 September 2007 — Nederlands Theaterfestival, Amsterdam
  3. Wednesday 12 September 2007 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Thursday 13 September 2007 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Friday 14 September 2007 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  6. Saturday 15 September 2007 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  7. Saturday 6 September 2008 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  8. Saturday 13 September 2008 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  9. Friday 19 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  10. Saturday 20 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  11. Monday 22 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  12. Tuesday 23 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  13. Wednesday 24 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  14. Thursday 25 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  15. Friday 26 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  16. Saturday 27 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  17. Thursday 16 October 2008 — 21U00 — TnBA - Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux
  18. Friday 17 October 2008 — 21U00 — TnBA - Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux
  19. Saturday 18 October 2008 — 21U00 — TnBA - Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux
  20. Tuesday 21 October 2008 — 21U00 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  21. Friday 7 November 2008 — 20U00 — La Comédie de Reims, Reims
  22. Saturday 8 November 2008 — 20U00 — La Comédie de Reims, Reims
  23. Thursday 13 November 2008 — 20U00 — MC2, Grenoble
  24. Friday 14 November 2008 — 20U00 — MC2, Grenoble
  25. Saturday 15 November 2008 — 20U00 — MC2, Grenoble
  26. Tuesday 25 November 2008 — 20U00 — Scène Nationale de Martigues, Martigues
  27. Wednesday 26 November 2008 — 20U00 — Scène Nationale de Martigues, Martigues
  28. Saturday 29 November 2008 — 20U00 — Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  29. Thursday 4 December 2008 — 20U00 — Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
  30. Friday 5 December 2008 — 20U00 — Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
  31. Thursday 11 December 2008 — 20U00 — Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi
  32. Friday 12 December 2008 — 20U00 — Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi
  33. Wednesday 17 December 2008 — 20U00 — Centre Dramatique National/Théâtre d'Orléans, Orléans
  34. Thursday 18 December 2008 — 20U00 — Centre Dramatique National/Théâtre d'Orléans, Orléans
  35. Friday 19 December 2008 — 20U00 — Centre Dramatique National/Théâtre d'Orléans, Orléans
  36. Tuesday 6 January 2009 — 20U00 — Maison de la Culture, Amiens
  37. Tuesday 13 January 2009 — 20U00 — Linz 2009, Linz
  38. Wednesday 14 January 2009 — 20U00 — Linz 2009, Linz
  39. Tuesday 27 January 2009 — 20U00 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg
  40. Thursday 11 June 2009 — 21U00 — Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athene, Athene
  41. Friday 12 June 2009 — 21U00 — Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athene, Athene
  42. Saturday 13 June 2009 — 21U00 — Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athene, Athene

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