An aesthetic and philosophical manifesto by contemporary ‘Flemish masters’
In this new production, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hans Op de Beeck, Jan-Jan Van Essche and Floris De Rycker find inspiration in the economically and culturally thriving Flanders of the fifteenth century, a time when the region’s fame owed much to the arts. The much-travelled fiamminghi, as Flemish artists were called, were seen as innovative, free spirits who refused to be constrained by traditional boundaries. The striking parallels between them and their successors today and their shared willingness to experiment inspired the four contemporary ‘Flemish masters’ to investigate the pluralistic identity that emerged from that melting pot of influences and to seek to sow the seeds of a new Renaissance. The result is an aesthetic and philosophical manifesto, for which La Monnaie and the KVS have joined forces within the Troika framework.
Concept, direction & choreographySIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI ScenographyHANS OP DE BEECK Costume DesignJAN-JAN VAN ESSCHE & VEERLE VAN DEN WOUWER Musical DirectionFLORIS DE RYCKER
Live musicRATAS DEL VIEJO MUNDO - SOETKIN BAPTIST, MICHAELA RIENER, ANNE RINDHAL KARLSEN, TOMÀS MAXÉ, FLORIS DE RYCKER, TSUBASA HORI, TISTER IKOMO
Dance created and performed byKAZUTOMI ‘TSUKI’ KOZUKI, DOROTEA SAYKALY, HELENA OLMEDO DUYNSLAEGER, DAYAN AKHMEDGALIEV, MARINA KUSHCHOVA, PATRICK “TWOFACE” WILLIAMS SEEBACHER, NICK COUTSIER, PAU ARAN GIMENO, JONAS VANDERKERCKHOVE, IDO GIDRON, CHRISTINE LEBOUTTE, DARRYL E WOODS, KHALID KOUJILI EL YAKOUBI
Rehearsal director/assistant of Sidi Larbi CherkaouiKEVIN VIVES
Second rehearsal directorROBBIE MOORE
DramaturgyTIMMY DE LAET
Sound designELRIC REINARTZ Lighting designDAVID STOKHOLM Light technicianANDRIES VAN GULCK Costume coordinationVEERLE VAN DE WOUWER (HANS OP DE BEECK) ANDREA KRÄNZLIN (JAN-JAN VAN ESSCHE) DressersNANCY COLMAN, SAAR SWINTERS Stage and propsJANNEKE HERTOGHS Technical coordinationMANU VAN HEUCKELOM Production managerTANJA VRANCKEN, LARS BOOT Assistant directorGREET VAN POECK ProducerKARTHIKA NAÏR & GERT VAN OVERLOOP ProductieEASTMAN
CoproductionLA MONNAIE/DE MUNT
FESTSPIELHAUS ST PÖLTEN
THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE CHAILLOT
THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE BRETAGNE
LES THÉÂTRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG
Special thanks to: Alessandra Oliveira, Sophie Hewitt, Leen van Gestel, Atelier Comate ,Maximilian Verswijvelt, Valentina Blonda, Stefan Haesen
With the support of the Flemish government and the Belgian federal government’s tax shelter programme.