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Wolfskers

Triptych of Power II

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.

In his movies Sokurov shows the three rulers in their passivity and their lethargy rather than in their moments of power and decision-making. Sokurov is less interested in the detailed historical context of his leading characters. Hence he focuses on ‘lost’ moments in their life. Creating a certain atmosphere is an important item within his movie aesthetics. Sokurov says he is interested in man and what happens to him when he gains power: “These people in powerful positions have turned their life into theatre. Led by a certain myth they have shaped their life, staged it, adjusted it and made it subject to rituals and ceremonies.” Whilst for Kurt Köpler in Mefisto for ever the theatre is his reality, the three rulers in the Sokurovs movies have turned the reality into their theatre. Sokurov shows the ruler as a perverted artist, but at the time when the façade is crumbling away.

In Wolfskers Guy Cassiers (in cooperation with the author Jeroen Olyslaegers) cuts these three movie scenarios up amongst each other and follows the three leading characters during a day in their life. In the production of Cassiers the three leading characters are static. It is their ‘household’ that is continuously on the move. The roles of the three households are played by one and the same group of actors: they constitute the dynamic element of the performance. Wolfskers shows how power attacks the rulers as well as their surroundings like an insidious poison.

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

adaptation

  • Guy Cassiers
  • Erwin Jans
  • Jeroen Olyslaegers

after

  • Yury Arabov / Aleksandr Sokurov

textual advice

  • Tom Lanoye

performance

  • Michael Vergauwen
  • Jos Verbist
  • Johan Leysen
  • Veerle Eyckermans
  • Vic De Wachter
  • Suzanne Grotenhuis
  • Dries Vanhegen
  • Marc Van Eeghem
  • Gilda De Bal

design

  • Enrico Bagnoli
  • Diederik De Cock
  • Arjen Klerkx

video

  • Peter Missotten
  • Ief Spincemaille

music

  • Dominique Pauwels

costume design

  • Tim Van Steenbergen

thanks to

  • Christelijke Mutualiteit / Thuiszorgwinkel (Antwerpen)

All data

Er zijn geen aankomende activiteiten voor dit event.

  1. Thursday 11 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  2. Friday 12 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  3. Saturday 13 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  4. Wednesday 17 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  5. Thursday 18 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  6. Friday 19 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  7. Saturday 20 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  8. Tuesday 23 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  9. Wednesday 24 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  10. Thursday 25 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  11. Friday 26 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  12. Saturday 27 October 2007 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  13. Tuesday 6 November 2007 — 20U00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  14. Tuesday 13 November 2007 — 20U00 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  15. Friday 16 November 2007 — 20U00 — Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Den Haag
  16. Wednesday 21 November 2007 — 20U00 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  17. Thursday 22 November 2007 — 20U00 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  18. Friday 23 November 2007 — 20U00 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  19. Saturday 24 November 2007 — 20U00 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  20. Wednesday 28 November 2007 — 20U00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  21. Thursday 29 November 2007 — 20U00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  22. Saturday 1 December 2007 — 20U00 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  23. Wednesday 5 December 2007 — 20U00 — 30CC, Leuven
  24. Friday 7 December 2007 — 20U00 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  25. Saturday 8 December 2007 — 20U00 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  26. Wednesday 12 December 2007 — 20U00 — CC Kortrijk, Kortrijk
  27. Friday 14 December 2007 — 20U00 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
  28. Friday 5 September 2008 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  29. Friday 12 September 2008 — 21U00 — deSingel, Antwerp
  30. Tuesday 30 September 2008 — 21U00 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  31. Wednesday 1 October 2008 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  32. Thursday 2 October 2008 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  33. Friday 3 October 2008 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  34. Saturday 4 October 2008 — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
  35. Thursday 23 October 2008 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  36. Tuesday 18 November 2008 — Le Cargo - MC2, Grenoble
  37. Wednesday 19 November 2008 — Le Cargo - MC2, Grenoble
  38. Thursday 8 January 2009 — Maison de la Culture, Amiens
  39. Friday 16 January 2009 — Linz 2009, Linz
  40. Thursday 29 January 2009 — Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg

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