The Blind

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.

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?

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

"It is a tour de force for the nine choir members to perform without a score, the interpretation and the singing are heartbreaking, especially the soprano voice of Viola Blache cuts deep."
Tuur Devens, Theaterkrant.nl, 31/7/18

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Credits

  • CONCEPT & DIRECTION Josse De Pauw 
  • COMPOSITION Jan Kuijken
  • TEXT Maurice Maeterlinck
  • TEXT EDIT Josse De Pauw & Jan Kuijken
  • FINAL MONOLOGUE 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 – young blind woman), Cécile Pilorger (alt – senior blind woman), Magdalena Podkościelna (soprano), Sofia Gvirts (alt), Karolina Hartman (alt) (3 praying blind women), Philippe Kaven (bass – old blind man), Marnix De Cat (countertenor), Vincent Lesage (tenor), Felix Rumpf (baritone) (3 blind men) 
  • 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
  • TECHNICIANS Brecht Beuselinck, Jannes Dierynck, Wim Piqueur
  • VIDEO Wim Piqueur & Pascal Poissonnier
  • DUTCH SURTITLES Josse De Pauw
  • ENGLISH TRANSLATION Laurence Alma Tadema
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER & SURTITLING Kristel Deweerdt
  • PRODUCTION LOD muziektheater en Theaterproductiehuis ZEELANDIA 
  • COPRODUCTION KVS Brussel, Théâtre National Wallonie – Bruxelles, Theater Aan Zee, Collegium Vocale Gent, le Manège Maubeuge, Théâtre de Namur, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq, 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 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

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