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Poquelin II

Olympique Dramatique

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Molière: “I want to deal with the absurdities of human nature and represent the shortcomings of the world in an agreeable manner on stage”.

Reason enough for a team of full-blooded actors – gathered from Olympique Dramatique, STAN, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Dood Paard and NTGent – to dip into Molière’s work and make a new show. Stijn Van Opstal, Kuno Bakker, Damiaan De Schrijver, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas and Frank Vercruyssen are the team working on Molière’s oeuvre.

Plays which have definitely made it onto the programme are: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670), in which Molière makes fun of a wealthy gentleman who tries to copy the behaviour of the aristocracy, and L’Avare (The Miser, 1668), a tragicomedy about parsimony, the perverted exercise of power, avarice, truth and lies and the generation conflict. And at the same time a wonderful metaphor for the banking crisis.  

STAN knows Molière’s work particularly well. Back in 2004, this actors’ collective made the successful Poquelin, a play based on a number of Molière’s plays, including Médecin malgré lui (The Doctor in Spite of Himself) Sganarelle (The Imaginary Cuckold) and Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid). A Dutch version and a French version of the show toured extensively and clearly left their audiences wanting more. Hence Poquelin II.

"Courtships, scrooges, dressing up in costumes: Poquelin II presents Molière as an old-fashioned side splitter."

"But it’s mainly the actors who make a good play out of Poquelin II. We might actually love Van Opstal and Co. Because of the rhythm they put in their words. Because of the incredible talent they have. And those whom we love can easily convince us. Molière already knew that 300 years ago."

"Through the use of incredibly speedy rhythm, sharp humour and the perspective afforded by the medium of theatre, and by extension the arts, they succeed in giving us 2 ½ hours’ worth of top-notch theatre with Poquelin II."

Bert Hertogs in Concertnews **** , 13 November 2017

"Stan transports us to the boisterous theatre of the 17th century, where actors didn’t think twice about overdoing things here or there, to the great delight of the audience."

Pieter T'Jonck in De Morgen **** , 14 November 2017

"The jokes and worldly wisdom are rattled off at you like a rifle salvo for 2 ½ hours by a formidable cast – the joy of performing bursts from the small stage. Go see for yourself."

Koen Van Boxem in De Tijd , 14 November 2017

Credits

by and with

  • Damiaan De Schrijver
  • Els Dottermans
  • Frank Vercruyssen
  • Jolente De Keersmaeker
  • Kuno Bakker
  • Stijn Van Opstal
  • Willy Thomas

text

  • Molière

light design

  • Thomas Walgrave

costume design

  • Inge Büsscher

production

  • tg STAN

coproduction

  • ARSENAAL
  • Dood paard
  • Toneelhuis
  • Olympique Dramatique
  • NTGent

All data

  1. Saturday 4 July 2020 — Les nuits de fourvière, Lyon 05
  2. Sunday 5 July 2020 — Les nuits de fourvière, Lyon 05
  3. Monday 6 July 2020 — Les nuits de fourvière, Lyon 05
  4. Tuesday 7 July 2020 — Les nuits de fourvière, Lyon 05
  1. Thursday 9 November 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Friday 10 November 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Saturday 11 November 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Sunday 12 November 2017 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Tuesday 14 November 2017 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  6. Wednesday 15 November 2017 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  7. Thursday 16 November 2017 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  8. Friday 17 November 2017 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  9. Saturday 18 November 2017 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  10. Tuesday 21 November 2017 — 30CC, Leuven
  11. Wednesday 22 November 2017 — CC De Velinx, Tongeren
  12. Friday 24 November 2017 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  13. Saturday 25 November 2017 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  14. Sunday 26 November 2017 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  15. Wednesday 29 November 2017 — De Warande, Turnhout
  16. Thursday 30 November 2017 — C-mine, Genk
  17. Friday 1 December 2017 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  18. Monday 4 December 2017 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  19. Wednesday 6 December 2017 — CC De Grote Post, Oostende
  20. Thursday 7 December 2017 — CC Diest, Diest
  21. Friday 8 December 2017 — Toneelschuur, Haarlem
  22. Saturday 9 December 2017 — Toneelschuur, Haarlem
  23. Tuesday 12 December 2017 — CC Kortrijk, Kortrijk
  24. Wednesday 13 December 2017 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  25. Thursday 14 December 2017 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  26. Friday 15 December 2017 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  27. Saturday 16 December 2017 — ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen
  28. Tuesday 19 December 2017 — CC Plomblom, Ninove
  29. Wednesday 20 December 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  30. Thursday 21 December 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  31. Friday 22 December 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  32. Friday 27 July 2018 — 20U00 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  33. Saturday 28 July 2018 — 15U00 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  34. Tuesday 4 September 2018 — 20U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  35. Wednesday 5 September 2018 — 20U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  36. Thursday 6 September 2018 — 20U15 — Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
  37. Sunday 9 September 2018 — 20U00 — Expozaal, Amsterdam
  38. Thursday 13 June 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  39. Friday 14 June 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  40. Saturday 15 June 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp

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