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The theatre was a ritual once. Audiences participated in a group event. They looked at strange actions they only half understood but which gave them a suspicion of a magical power. That’s the experience the SKaGeN theatre collective wants to approach in 'My Debt': to give the theatre that power again that a eucharistic celebration must have had once. SKaGeN is working with theatrical images and texts from Jean Genet’s Le Bagne, a scenario from 1954 that hasn’t been made into a film. The performance focuses on great symbols that elevate man above his meager existence.
The play is set in a brightly lit room of what turns out to be a hospital. Budge does his Tai Chi exercises while trying to talk to Wyatt, with little result. They are soon visited by fellow patients. Or are they members of the medical staff? In any case they seem to come from the neighbouring psychiatric wing. But there is doubt about everything and everyone. Is anyone what he claims to be...?
Nine years after date SKaGeN resumed their graduation project, which they’d made under the guidance of theatre maker Peter van den Eede (De Koe). The title, IO (to be read as the binary numbers 1 and 0), refers to the biotope in which this comedy is set: an environment in which human emotions and actions are analysed in all their measurable components. The non-measurable is, however, creeping back through a fascinating back door.
A spectacular location project in the new Court of Justice during the Summer of Antwerp! Mr. Hoffmann is a respected teacher with a nice family. One day he’s arrested. One secret after another comes to light. The family is under pressure and everyone must take sides. Who can still believe whom? Who’s lying and who’s telling the truth? 150 spectators can attend the trial from the first row in the new Antwerp Court of Justice. From Mr. Hoffmann’s arrest to the courtroom apotheosis.
‘La Merde’ is part two of the SKaGeN trilogy about heaven, purgatory and hell. Browsing in French literature, SKaGeN continues their search for the sense and nonsense of life. In ‘By my fault’ (2005) SKaGeN interpreted Jean Genet’s ‘Le Bagne’. For ‘La Merde’ the theatre group had a thorough reading of Albert Camus’ ‘La Peste’, a novel about a city in Algeria that falls prey to the plague. In the quarantine between the city walls, the characters are sentenced to each other. They try and make the best of it, through engagement, love and perseverance.