Mesut Arslan, one of our KVS faces, has been basking in glowing reviews in Belgium and beyond with his wonderfully quirky interpretations of popular and less well-known repertoire.
Taking his fascination with human relationships and the complex emotions that accompany them, the director tackles one of the most-performed classics of the twentieth century: Edward Albee’s 1962 play Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Of course, he does so ‘Arslan-style’, creating an extraordinary game of space and time, with a lighting design by Jan Maertens and in a scenography by Pascal Leboucq. Ata Ünal takes on the dramaturgy and Marc Vanrunxt lends artistic advice.
Mesut Arslan interprets George and Martha’s story in a unique, tangential approach. This elderly couple cruelly visit all their disillusions upon the idealistic young pair Nick and Honey, manipulative interventions transform the performance into a political lecture, leveraging the public and the private. Brace yourself for an acoustic experience that makes use of the entire space.
Mesut Arslan works with sixteen actors. Twelve of them echo the sentences uttered by the four main characters, subtly colouring their words. Gradually, this erupts into a game of hierarchy, peer pressure and power. What happens when an actor only has one voice actor to back him up, when his opponent’s lines are mouthed along loudly by eleven voices? Will the audience listen to the loudest voice? Does the majority always win? What is fiction, what is real, and whom can you trust?
text Edward Albee translation Gerard Reve director & concept Mesut Arslan dramaturgy Ata Ünal scenography Pascal Leboucq light design Jan Maertens actors Frank Dierens, Darya Gantura, Rashif El Kaoui, Dorien de Clippel voice actors Misja Nollet, Antje De Boeck, Juicy Dune, Nyira Hens, Layla Önlen, Elien Hanselaer, Marc De Knijf, Niels Planckaert, Robin Keyaert, Joachim Gys, Ali Can Ünal, Philippe Bernaerts artistic advice Marc Vanrunxt, Matthias Velle director assistant Sara Gracia Santacreu light technician Helmi Demeulemeester sound technician Max Stuurman costumes Johanna Trudzinski thanks to Michael De Cock, Huseyin Umaysiz
production Platform 0090, KVS coproduction Toneelhuis, C-Takt, Perpodium
With the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Authority and the Flemish Community.