Kurt Van der Elst

The Blind

LOD / Josse De Pauw & Jan Kuijken
3 Oct
-
17 Nov
  • Wed 13 Nov
    19:30
    On tour,
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles - Bruxelles (BE)
  • Thu 14 Nov
    19:30
    On tour,
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles - Bruxelles (BE)
  • Fri 15 Nov
    20:15
    On tour,
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles - Bruxelles (BE)
  • Sat 16 Nov
    20:15
    On tour,
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles - Bruxelles (BE)
  • Sun 17 Nov
    15:00
    On tour,
    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles - Bruxelles (BE)
  • Thu 3 Oct
    20:00
    On tour,
    Les Quinconces-L'espal - Le Mans (FR)
  • Fri 4 Oct
    20:00
    On tour,
    Les Quinconces-L'espal - Le Mans (FR)

Josse De Pauw and Jan Kuijken adapted the text of Maeterlinck to a performance, with Jan Kuijken's music performed by Collegium Vocale Ghent and with Josse De Pauw, Taka Shamoto and Zukisa Nante on stage.

Powerful plays have something to say in any era. Maurice Maeterlinck wrote Les Aveugles more than a century ago, and it is still perfectly fit to read, speak, sing and listen to, and is still utterly comprehensible in our own time.

Josse De Pauw and Jan Kuijken adapted the text of Maeterlinck to a performance, with Jan Kuijken's music performed by Collegium Vocale Ghent and with Josse De Pauw, Taka Shamoto and Zukisa Nante (replaces Gorges Ocloo) on stage.

The Blind is the third part of De Pauws Trilogy / Trifony, after The Heroes and Mankind.
 

Part of
Josse De Pauw

A group of blind people on an island, in a wood, in autumn. They can hear the sea and the falling leaves. They are waiting for their guide, their leader, the priest. The one who can see. Where is he? Has he gone away? For a while or forever? Will he come back? Is he dead? They don’t know. They can’t see. They wait.

The blind, the washed up, the refugees, the abandoned… the ones who cannot see. And the priest, the leader, the guide… Can he see or is he sighted yet blind? And the audience, the ones who come to watch… can they see?

Credits

concept & direction Josse De Pauw composition Jan Kuijken text Maurice Maeterlinck text edit Josse De Pauw & Jan Kuijken final monolog Tom Jansen with Josse De Pauw, Zukisa Nante (replaces Gorges Ocloo), Taka Shamoto musical direction Marnix De Cat musical execution Collegium Vocale Gent sing Viola Blache (soprano), Cécile Pilorger (alt), Magdalena Podkościelna (soprano), Carla Babelegoto (replaces Sofia Gvirts) (alt), Karolina Hartman (alt), Philippe Kaven (bass), Marnix De Cat (countertenor), Vincent Lesage (tenor), Felix Rumpf (baritone) light Eric Soyer scenography Eric Soyer & Anne Marcq realisation cloth Anne Marcq & Esther Denis realisation decor Atelier Théâtre National costumes Greta Goiris costume assistants Bert Menzel, Claudine Grinwis & Catherine Piqueray video Wim Piqueur & Pascal Poissonnier technicians Brecht Beuselinck, Jannes Dierynck, Wim Piqueur english translation Laurence Alma Tadema dutch surtitles Josse De Pauw production manager & surtitling Kristel Deweerdt production LOD muziektheater, Theaterproductiehuis ZEELANDIA coproduction KVS Brussel, Théâtre National Wallonie – Bruxelles, Theater Aan Zee, Collegium Vocale Ghent, le Manège Maubeuge, Théâtre de Namur, Gone West, cultuurprogramma van de provincie West-Vlaanderen voor de herdenking van WOI made possible in part by ‘Grensverleggers’, a scheme that supports cultural cooperation between players in Flanders and the Dutch provinces of Northern Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland with the support of the Tax Shelter measure performing arts of the Belgian Federal Government thanks to Emad Khazal, Adela Martinez, Annie Van Hoorick, Holia Abdulhamid, Eman Dawoud Radwan, Ali Ibrahim Yaseen, Adel Osmani, Siraj Muwafaq Al-Bayati