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The Butcher

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LOD muziektheater, Gorges Ocloo

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The butcher/father (Josse De Pauw) tries to survive in an occupied Flanders in 2070 in this swinging musical theatre production with images of Biblical proportions.
It's the year 2070, a century after the first Belgian state reformation. Belgium no longer exists. After 4 years of war, Flanders has become independent. A horrendous battle, after which the sky never turned blue again. The families of the Polish construction workers and cleaning ladies who used to work there, now control the country with technologies they secretly built inside the Flemish houses. In the midst of all this, a butcher - the last one in town- and his disabled black son are trying to survive.

LOD-artist Gorges Ocloo writes, directs, composes and plays in The Butcher together with actor Josse De Pauw. Toon Callier & Bertel Schollaert provide live music.

The Butcher serves Flemish stew that makes you, (...), ruminate for several days

Wouter Hillaert in Etcetera , 2 November 2021

"De Pauw plays the butcher ready to defend Flanders in this swinging musical theatre with images of biblical proportions"


concept, direction, text

  • Gorges Ocloo

spel & compositie

  • Gorges Ocloo


  • Astrid Stockman

musical performance

  • Toon Callier
  • Bertel Schollaert


  • Bart Capelle


  • Giovani Vanhoenacker
  • Dirk De Haes & De Muur


  • Freya Proost

childrens’ choir

  • Kapinga Gysels

mens’ choir

  • Joris Minten
  • Tom Olaerts

advice composition

  • Joris Minten


  • Pino Etz


  • Wout Clarysse


  • Jamy Hollebeke

drawing intro

  • Paul Contryn

Flemish Radio

  • Sofie Decleir

Polish Radio

  • Ryszard Turbiasz


  • Nathalie Gybels

child’s voice

  • Pien Callier

text fragment

  • Frygt og Baeven van Kierkegaard

production management

  • Eva De Wolf


  • LOD muziektheater

thanks to

  • Erik Bogaerts
  • Ruben Bongaerts

with the support of

  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Flanders TAX shelter

All data

  1. Saturday 3 December 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Sunday 4 December 2022 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

News about ‘The Butcher’

Gorges Ocloo calls for a repertoire that starts from the bottom up Article — 24 June 2022

Gorges Ocloo calls for a repertoire that starts from the bottom up

‘Actions, not only words’ – that was the motto of his school in Ghana, and theatre maker Gorges Ocloo (b. 1988) still lives by it. His shows are colourful extravaganzas of visuals, movement and music, with a strong political undertone. He wipes his feet on the classical repertoire. Meet a director who plans to take the Bourla by storm with new metaphors.


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