Onbezongen gives you a portrait of the homo politicus. Not the gauche politician from Yes, Minister, the idealised machine from West Wing, the lonely evil genius from House of Cards or the has-been from Revue Ravage. The emphasis is on the realistic way in which we deal with power in our Western world. The piece also investigates the mostly irrational reasons for this hunger for power.

Onbezongen starts out from the idea that the politician’s talent is also ultimately the cause of his downfall. For time and time again, it is his drive that makes him go too far, his strength of character that makes him lose touch with reality, his charisma that fails to achieve its aims, or his suppleness that leads to him being accused of being untrustworthy and fake.

Onbezongen goes back to the seeds of political life: why do leaders have such a powerful desire for power in a democracy, where power is highly relative and where politicians are subject to the demands of voters, the media and interest groups? Why does a politician seek recognition in a job that is known to be the most unpopular ever?

As a party spokesperson, a cabinet member for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the European Commission, and finally as a speechwriter for amongst others Karel De Gucht and JosĂ© Manuel Barroso, Vincent Stuer was able to penetrate deeply into the tissue of politics. These positions allowed him to closely observe and to study power and those in power. In addition, Vincent has been obsessively working through political histories and biographies for decades, with an impressive archive of anecdotes and quotes as a result.

cast:           valentijn dhaenens

text:            vincent stuer

Dramaturgy:            KRISTIN ROGGHE

Production:             KVS & Theatercollectief SKaGeN

Fri. 20.10.2017            20:00         KVS BOL

Sat. 21.10.2017          20:00         KVS BOL

Tue. 24.10.2017         20:00         KVS BOL

Wed. 25.10.2017        20:00         KVS BOL

Wed. 08.11.2017        20:00        DE Studio Antwerpen
Fri. 10.11.2017            20:00        DE Studio Antwerpen

Tue. 14.11.2017         20:00          NTGent
Wed. 15.11.2017        20:00          NTGent

Thu. 16.11.2017        20:00          NTGent

Fri. 17.11.2017          20:00          NTGent
Sat. 18.11.2017         20:00          NTGent

Fri. 08.12.2017         De Brakke Grond Amsterdam (NL)

Sat. 09.12.2017        De Brakke Grond Amsterdam (NL)
Wed. 13.12.2017      De Velinx Tongeren
Mon. 18.12.2017      CC Hasselt
Sat. 13.01.2018        CC De Werf Aalst

Tue. 16.01.2018        CC Sint-Niklaas

Fri. 19.01.2018           Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (NL)
Thu. 08.02.2018        CC De Brouckere Torhout
Sat. 10.02.2018         CC Berchem

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