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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.
Alma Mahler lived in the turbulent first half of the 20th century. She was a composer, wife to Mahler, Gropius and Werfel, mistress to Kokoschka, Klimt, Zemlinski, and Alban Berg’s muse. She also inspired the renowned theatre collective SKaGeN into a catchy story about human pride and loneliness in a mixture of theatre and music. ‘Almschi! The best of Alma Mahler’ is a theatre production by SKaGeN & Octopus Soloists. This performance was created as part of Ostend Cultural City of Flanders 2010 and with support of the Flemish Government.
In a tour de force performance, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Ingeniously weaving together fragments of seminal speeches from not only the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, Bigmouth shows that the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed.