18.03.22 19.03.22

Billy's Violence Needcompany

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Ten tragedies of Shakespeare rewritten into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus. Brutally and provocatively stripped, hardly any words are left.
practical

tickets

15 - 26 euros

general info

English and spanish spoken

estimated duration

1 h 40 min.

For  Billy's Violence, Victor Afung Lauwers researched the ten tragedies of Shakespeare and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.

Shakespeare is the most read and performed writer the world has ever known. And yet many of the bard’s plays are virtually unperformable due to their violence, gruesomeness, racism and misogyny. What does violence in art mean in today’s world? Why do we enjoy watching it so much? Is violence viewed differently today than it was in the 16th-17th century?

Dramaturg Erwin Jans on the performance:

"Shakespeare may have never been so brutally and provocatively stripped. Obscene, hard and poetic. Words. Words. Words. But there are hardly any words left. Only some highlights. Recognizable poetry - Shakespeare quotes - that flashes like lightning against a dark night and disappears just as quickly. Just long enough to recognise the landscape, but too short to find its way."

"When the curtain falls over Shakespeare's tragedies, order is restored. Over a mountain of corpses, the calm of the equilibrium descends once more. In what precedes this - the actual play - a departure from all moral rules is staged, a deep rent in the social fabric, an excess of aggression and violence. Is this excess only required to more convincingly demonstrate the need for the law? Or does the violence contain its own insight? Its own truth? And what might that be?"

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Regisseur Jan Lauwers on the performance:

"Shakespeare wanted an audience in his theatre, but in the streets of London there were dog fights and torture. Women were being burnt in the squares, public executions took place. These were large-scale festivities that brought many people together on the streets and Shakespeare had to use sex and violence, among other things, to lure the audience to his theatre. That is very interesting. It is not dissimilar to Quentin Tarantino. Is it gratuitous, entertaining, or is it necessary or impossible? Quentin Tarantino is a choirboy by comparison to the sheer brutality evoked by Shakespeare."

"I am increasingly convinced that we need to find a different way of thinking which shows that all people are against violence. We think that everyone is bad, but that is not true. The majority is not violent; there is great solidarity. If we go back in history - and I keep coming across Shakespeare and his tragedies - then maybe we can find something."

credits

with

Nao Albet, Grace Ellen Barkey, Gonzalo Cunill, Martha Gardner, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen

direction, set & costume

Jan Lauwers

text

Victor Afung Lauwers

music

Maarten Seghers

dramaturgy

Elke Janssens, Erwin Jans

light design

Ken Hioco

technical & production

Marjolein Demey, Ken Hioco, Tijs Michiels

costumes & props assistant, surtitles

Nina Lopez Le Galliard

production

Needcompany

coproduction

Grec Festival de Barcelona, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatro Espanol y Na es del Espanol en Matadero, Teatro Central Sevilla, Les Salins - Scène Nationale de Marti-gues, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Tax Shelter financiering BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance NV/SA

with support of

Tax Shelter van de Belgische Overheid en de Vlaamse Overheid
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TOON MINDER
credits

with

Nao Albet, Grace Ellen Barkey, Gonzalo Cunill, Martha Gardner, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen

direction, set & costume

Jan Lauwers

text

Victor Afung Lauwers

music

Maarten Seghers

dramaturgy

Elke Janssens, Erwin Jans

light design

Ken Hioco

technical & production

Marjolein Demey, Ken Hioco, Tijs Michiels

costumes & props assistant, surtitles

Nina Lopez Le Galliard

production

Needcompany

coproduction

Grec Festival de Barcelona, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatro Espanol y Na es del Espanol en Matadero, Teatro Central Sevilla, Les Salins - Scène Nationale de Marti-gues, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Tax Shelter financiering BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance NV/SA

with support of

Tax Shelter van de Belgische Overheid en de Vlaamse Overheid

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