THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR OF "ONBEZONGEN"
'You would blindly make Dhaenens, with charisma engraved into his face, the party’s leading candidate. It is clever how his character tumbles swiftly from campaign speech to media storm to triumphal procession. A wolf in chameleon’s clothing.'
De Standaard ****
'Onbezongen neither endorses nor negates these not very flattering stereotypes, but offers a nuanced and realistic readjustment of the true DNA of the Homo Politicus.'
De Morgen ****
UNSUNG draws a portrait of the homo politicus. Not the gauche politician from Yes, Minister, the idealised machine from The West Wing or the lonely evil genius from House of Cards. 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.
UNSUNG starts from the idea that a politician’s talent is also ultimately the cause of his downfall. 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 him to achieve its aims, or his flexibility that leads to him being accused of being untrustworthy and fake.
UNSUNG goes back to the very beginning of political life: Why do leaders crave 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?
BY & WITH VALENTIJN DHAENENS
TEXT: VINCENT STUER
DRAMATURGY: KRISTIN ROGGHE
SET DESIGN: ROEL VAN BERCKELAER
COSTUMES: HEIDI EHRHART
LIGHTING DESIGN: MARGARETA ANDERSEN
SOUND: MAX STUURMAN & STEPHANE PAPADOPOULOS
ASSISTANCE DIRECTION & SURTITLING: INGE FLORÉ
PRODUCTION MANAGER: NELE DRUYTS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: DONALD BERLANGER
SET CONSTRUCTION: DANNY VANDEPUT
DISTRIBUTION: SASKIA LIÉNARD & RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS LTD
GENERAL MANAGER SKAGEN: KORNEEL HAMERS
TRANSLATION: NADINE MALFAIT (EN) / TREVOR PERRI (EN) & ANNE VANDERSCHUEREN (FR)
PRODUCTION: KVS & SKAGEN
International dates will be communicated soon !
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