Mankind

A writer (Arnon Grunberg) thinks that the time has come to take up the defence of mankind, to exonerate his species, too long and too often humiliated, from all guilt. He takes on an actor (Josse De Pauw) to deliver his defence speech to the court. Possibly out of habit, the actor engages a singer (Claron McFadden) and a pianist (Kris Defoort) with the aim of making the hymn of praise sound more convincing. Together, they will try to raise man out of the mud bath in which he is plunged by half-baked intellectuals, confused philosophers and perverted novelists. The question is, will our four heroes succeed? This production gives you the answer.

A good fifteen years ago, Arnon Grunberg wrote Mankind Be Praised, a pamphlet in which he declared that although mankind may well be greedy, lecherous, violent and cowardly, it can in its defence be said that ‘this is all it knows’. All these years later, the writer still stands by the words he wrote at the time. At Josse De Pauw’s request, Mark Schaevers adapted the piece for the stage, while De Pauw thought up a concept and performs it onstage with Claron McFadden, Kris Defoort and Arnon Grunberg.

Enough! Enough! Stop cheering me. I don’t want any applause. I don’t want money either. I’m doing this free of charge. I’m doing it because mankind is a splendid race, an intelligent race – the pick of the bunch. We are thinkers, great thinkers. We are cleaners too, if need be. We invented money, the microwave, brotherliness, the cuckoo clock, the woollen jumper and equality. Even the Red Cross was invented by my client, and humour too.

Tue 26 Sep
2017
Les Francophonies en Limousin Limoges (FR)
Wed 27 Sep
2017
Les Francophonies en Limousin Limoges (FR)
Wed 4 Oct
2017
20:30, CC Maasmechelen (BE)
Fri 6 Oct
2017
20:30, CC Strombeek (BE)
Tue 10 Oct
2017
Le Manège (Maubeuge)
Fri 13 Oct
2017
20:15, C-Mine Genk (BE)
Fri 27 Oct
2017
Temporada Alta Girona-Salt (ES)
Wed 8 Nov
2017
Rotterdamse Schouwburg (NL)
Sat 11 Nov
2017
20:00, De Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (NL)
Tue 14 Nov
2017
Maison de la Culture Bourges (FR)
Wed 15 Nov
2017
Maison de la Culture Bourges (FR)
Thu 16 Nov
2017
Maison de la Culture Bourges (FR)
Sat 18 Nov
2017
20:15, CC Lokeren (BE)
Fri 24 Nov
2017
20:30, Théâtre de Namur (BE)
Sat 25 Nov
2017
20:30, Théâtre de Namur (BE)

Passed

Credits

  • CONCEPT & DIRECTION Josse De Pauw
  • MUSIC Henry Purcell, Claron McFadden, Kris Defoort
  • TEXT Arnon Grunberg
  • TEXT ADAPTION Mark Schaevers
  • PLAY Josse De Pauw, Arnon Grunberg
  • SINGING (IMPROVISATION) Claron McFadden
  • PIANO (IMPROVISATION) Kris Defoort
  • LIGHT & SET DESIGN Eric Soyer
  • REALISATION SET KVS atelier
  • REALISATION CLOTH Anne Marcq
  • COSTUME DESIGN Greta Goiris
  • COSTUME ASSISTANT Claudine Grinwis Plaat Stultjes
  • TECHNICIANS Brecht Beuselinck, Jannes Dierynck
  • VIDEO Pascal Poissonnier
  • PHOTO Kurt Van der Elst
  • PRESS & COMMUNICATION Magalie Lagae, Inge Jooris, Lien De Trogh
  • BOOKINGS Frans Brood Productions
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER Kristel Deweerdt
  • PRODUCTION LOD muziektheater & KVS
  • COPRODUCTION Le Manège Maubeuge, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, Théâtre de Namur
  • TRANSLATION TO THE CATALAN

    offered in cooperation with the Flanders government

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