Lam Gods | NTGent
28.09.18 25.06.21

Lam Gods Milo Rau / NTGent

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Milo Rau made his debut as artistic director of NTGent in the season '18-'19 with Lam Gods. In this reconstruction on stage of the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Van Eyck, a panorama of our present world emerges and at the same time a manifesto for art and spirituality in a human life.

Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, martyrs and angels: the motifs are Christian and spiritual. But the faces of the figures are realistic, they show faces from Ghent. The van Eyck brothers immortalised their patrons and clients, but also their neighbours and colleagues. Thus, one of the first works of modern realistic art was at once documentary and mythical, ordinary and universal.

Milo Rau mixes reality and fiction, amateurs and professional actors in his productions and has been engaged in the 'theatre of the real' for a decade. With Lam Gods, the production with which he opened his first season at NTGent, he brought fifty Ghent natives together on stage for a re-enactment of the famous panel by the Van Eyck brothers. Lam Gods, which premiered in the 2018-2019 season, is an ode to Ghent and its inhabitants.

'An instant classic'
Filip Tielens - De Standaard****

In Lam Gods, Rau connects the everyday with the spiritual, just as the Van Eyck brothers did: just as the altarpiece consists of different layers that overlap, just as the real mixes with the symbolic, so people from Ghent will tell about their lives on stage. In a casting that was filmed over many months, this project plunges into the here and now of a city community: who is the Cain of Ghent, who is the Abel? Who plays Adam and who plays Eve? Who are the martyrs of the 21st century? The crusaders and the just judges? The patrons? What do they tell us about the themes of this painting, about original sin and human suffering, about faith and tragedy, death and redemption?

Milo Rau has already created more than fifty plays, films, books and events, and has won several awards. In 2018 he received the European Theatre Prize. In 2020, the University of Ghent awarded him an honorary doctorate.

'Twelve panels to steal'
Magali Degrande - Het Nieuwsblad
credits

concept, direction & text

Milo Rau

dramaturgy

Stefan Bläske

set and costume workshop

Pierre Keulemans, Thierry Dhondt, Joris Soenen, Sam Declercq, Luc Goedertier, Flup Beys, An De Mol, Mieke Vander Cruyssen

set & costume design

Anton Lukas

light design

Dennis Diels

direction assistant

Katelijne Laevens

casting and production leader

Annabel Heyse

stage manager

Marijn Vlaeminck

internship dramaturgy

Eline Banken

internship dramaturgy & surtitling

Eline Banken, Bo Alfaro Decreton

stage technique

Marijn Vlaeminck, Gunther De Braekeleer

light technique

Dennis Diels

sound technique

Bart Meeusen

video technique

Victor Goddyn, Stijn Pauwels, Raf Willems

tour manager

Laura Ergo, Noemi Suarez Sanchez, Sebastiaan Peeters

dresser

Micheline D'Hertoge

assistant costumes

Miguel Penaranda

on stage

Güllüzar Calli, Frank Focketyn, Chris Thys, Koen Everaert, Storm Calle, Rames Abdullah, Bram Wets, Fanny Vandesande, Rani T'Kindt, Jonathan Linga

on screen

Said Ahmadi, Aghyad Abido, Mohamed Loay, Ahmad Hamod, Besmillah Hussaini, Yaseen Ali Ibrahim, Mohammed Juma Rahimi, Emad Khazal, Denise Kimbo, Katelijne Laevens, Annabel Heyse, Carmen Hornbostel, Lotte Loncin, Abdel Majid Gandouzi, Nelly Massa, Aline Platteau, Filip Taveirne, Hiranya terryn, Marijse Tratsaert, Steven Vander Stichelen, Leen Van Welden, Jan Vereeck, Marijn Vlaeminck, Barbara Gessler, Pablo Fernandez Alonso, Ayham Abido, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Abbas Akbari, Amina Alhaj, Anas Almasri, Bilal Alnouri, Rasha Alobeid, Abdalhameed Alobid, Arvo Wets, Etab Yaghi, Alys Ward, Nele Buyts, Wim Distelmans, Yaël Bobo, Wim Claeys, Dirk Crommelinck, Leen Baccaert, Chokri Ben Chikha, Marc Croux, Eman Dawoud Radwan, Tom De Clercq, Benny D'Haeseleer, Mieke Vercruysse

children choir

Jakob, Kaat & Marie Bombaerts, Merel Boone, Mien Cottenier, Luz De Maesschalck, Kaat De Waegemaeker, Leonore & Elodie Dobbelaere, Dita & Nico Dufoor, Hanne Maes, Luce & Juliette Marichal, Flo Meskens, Stella Minner-Goossens, Elena Van Vooren, No & Til Verhasselt, Ben Vuylsteke

editing

Joris Vertenten

direction documentary film

Bram Van Paesschen

camera documentary images

Pascal Poissonnier

camera video-remake panels

Steven Maenhout

coproducer

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Schauspiel Stuttgart

this production was realized with the support of

The Belgian Tax Shelter
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credits

concept, direction & text

Milo Rau

dramaturgy

Stefan Bläske

set and costume workshop

Pierre Keulemans , Thierry Dhondt , Joris Soenen , Sam Declercq, Luc Goedertier , Flup Beys , An De Mol , Mieke Vander Cruyssen

set & costume design

Anton Lukas

light design

Dennis Diels

direction assistant

Katelijne Laevens

casting and production leader

Annabel Heyse

stage manager

Marijn Vlaeminck

internship dramaturgy

Eline Banken

internship dramaturgy & surtitling

Eline Banken , Bo Alfaro Decreton

stage technique

Marijn Vlaeminck , Gunther De Braekeleer

light technique

Dennis Diels

sound technique

Bart Meeusen

video technique

Victor Goddyn, Stijn Pauwels, Raf Willems

tour manager

Laura Ergo , Noemi Suarez Sanchez, Sebastiaan Peeters

dresser

Micheline D'Hertoge

assistant costumes

Miguel Penaranda

on stage

Güllüzar Calli , Frank Focketyn , Chris Thys , Koen Everaert, Storm Calle, Rames Abdullah, Bram Wets, Fanny Vandesande , Rani T'Kindt, Jonathan Linga

on screen

Said Ahmadi, Aghyad Abido, Mohamed Loay, Ahmad Hamod, Besmillah Hussaini, Yaseen Ali Ibrahim, Mohammed Juma Rahimi, Emad Khazal, Denise Kimbo , Katelijne Laevens , Annabel Heyse, Carmen Hornbostel , Lotte Loncin , Abdel Majid Gandouzi, Nelly Massa, Aline Platteau, Filip Taveirne, Hiranya terryn, Marijse Tratsaert, Steven Vander Stichelen, Leen Van Welden , Jan Vereeck, Marijn Vlaeminck , Barbara Gessler, Pablo Fernandez Alonso , Ayham Abido, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Abbas Akbari, Amina Alhaj, Anas Almasri, Bilal Alnouri, Rasha Alobeid, Abdalhameed Alobid, Arvo Wets, Etab Yaghi, Alys Ward, Nele Buyts, Wim Distelmans, Yaël Bobo, Wim Claeys, Dirk Crommelinck , Leen Baccaert, Chokri Ben Chikha , Marc Croux, Eman Dawoud Radwan, Tom De Clercq , Benny D'Haeseleer , Mieke Vercruysse

children choir

Jakob, Kaat & Marie Bombaerts, Merel Boone, Mien Cottenier, Luz De Maesschalck, Kaat De Waegemaeker, Leonore & Elodie Dobbelaere, Dita & Nico Dufoor, Hanne Maes, Luce & Juliette Marichal, Flo Meskens, Stella Minner-Goossens, Elena Van Vooren, No & Til Verhasselt, Ben Vuylsteke

editing

Joris Vertenten

direction documentary film

Bram Van Paesschen

camera documentary images

Pascal Poissonnier

camera video-remake panels

Steven Maenhout

coproducer

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Schauspiel Stuttgart

this production was realized with the support of

The Belgian Tax Shelter
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