28.09.18 05.05.19

Lam Gods - Milo Rau


Lam Gods Voorpublicatie Web Marie von Krogh
In the reconstruction of the Ghent Altarpiece on stage, a panorama of our present world emerges and at the same time a manifesto for art and spirituality in a human life.

As a tourist attraction it draws people to Ghent from all over the world. Whenever French or German troops marched into Belgium they took it with them. And The Monuments Men had to track it down. It’s the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, who lived in the 15th century.
Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, martyrs and angels. The motifs are Christian and spiritual. But the faces of the figures are realistic, they are the faces of Ghent. The Van Eyck brothers immortalised their patrons and clients, as well as their neighbours and colleagues. This meant that one of the first works of realistic modern art was simultaneously documentary and mythical, ordinary and universal. Milo Rau has been engaged in the ‘theatre of the real’ for a decade. Just like the Van Eyck brothers in their day, he combines the everyday with the spiritual. Just as the altarpiece consists of several overlapping layers, just as the real becomes mixed with the symbolic, the people of Ghent will talk about their life on stage. In a casting session lasting several months, which will be filmed, this project plunges into the here and now of a city’s community: who is Ghent’s Cain, who is its Abel? Who plays Adam and who Eve? Who are the martyrs of the 21st century? The crusaders and the righteous 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 salvation? In the reconstruction of the Ghent Altarpiece onstage, a panorama of our present world emerges, between tradition and an uncertain future – and at the same time, a manifesto for the significance of art and spirituality in a human life.

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The performative form of a performance forces a director to make a selection, because time and space are limited.

In the context of The Ghent Altarpiece we created a website, based on the same democratic principle as the castings: we invite everyone to tell their story, to get inspired by the figures on the altarpiece, and, to contribute to a contemporary interpretation of the figures depicted on the Ghent Altarpiece. 

We will monitor the stories but not censor them. Anyone can react to everyone and all stories can be watched at any time. What is your connection with The Ghent Altarpiece? How do you fill in Mary, or God? Create your own story.





standard: €28 - €20
reduction: : €24 - €16
under 26: €14


Dutch spoken with English surtitles
This performance contains scenes of nudity, a video with the killing of a sheep and a video with close images of a woman giving birth.

estimated duration

2h, no break
  • Rames Abdullah
  • Storm Calle
  • Güllüzar Calli
  • Andie Dushime
  • Koen Everaert
  • Frank Focketyn
  • Nima Jebelli
  • Chris Thys
  • Fanny Vandesande
  • Bram Wets
  • Kinderkoor | Children's 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
  • Op | on video: Aghyad Abido, Ayham Abido, Said Ahmadi, Abbas Akbari, Amina Alhaj, Anas Almasri, Bilal Alnouri, Rasha Alobeid, Abdalhameed Alobid, Leen Baccaert, Fatima Ezzarhouni, Chokri Ben Chikha, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Nele Buyst, Yaël Bobo, Wim Claeys, Dirk Crommelinck, Marc Croux, Eman Dawoud Radwan, Tom De Clercq, Benny D'Haeseleer, Wim Distelmans, Pablo Fernandez Alonso, Abdel Majid Gandouzi, Barbara Gessler, Ahmad Hamod, Annabel Heyse, Carmen Hornbostel, Besmillah Hussaini, Yaseen Ali Ibrahim, Mohammed Juma Rahimi, Emad Khazal, Denise Kimbo, Katelijne Laevens, Mohammed Loay, Lotte Loncin, Nelly Massa, Aline Platteau, Filip Taveirne, Hiranya terryn, Marijse Tratsaert, Steven Vander Tichelen, Leen Van Welden, Jan Vereeck, Marijn Vlaeminck, Mieke Vercruysse, Alys Ward, Arvo Wets, Etab Yaghi

concept, direction & text

Milo Rau


Stefan Bläske

set and costume design

Anton Lukas

casting and production leader

Annabel Heyse


Katelijne Laevens

assistent costumes

Miguel Peñaranda

light design

Dennis Diels

stage manager

Marijn Vlaeminck

documentary video

camera: Pascal Poissonnier, director: Bram Van Paesschen

video images of the remake of the panel

camera: Steven Maenhout, director: Milo Rau, lights: Dennis Diels


Steven Maenhout, Joris Vertenten

light technician

Dennis Diels

sound technician

Bart Meeusen

stage technicians

Marijn Vlaeminck, Gunther De Braekeleer


Micheline D'hertoge


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

interns dramaturgy

Eline Banken, Bo Alfaro Decreton


Eline Banken

translation surtitles

Eline Banken, Bo Alfaro Decreton


Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings en Agnus Dei, Leonard Cohen: Dance Me to the End of Love, Walter De Buck : ‘K zou zo gere willen leven, Karel Waeri: D’Eerste Vrouwe

in coproduction with

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam & Schauspiel Stuttgart

in the context of

the European year of Cultural Heritage, with the support of the Belgian tax shelter

thanks to

Bilal Abbas, Action Zoo Humain, Anissa Akhandaf, Koen Aurousseau, Bar D’Oh, Eva-Maria Bertschy, Veronique Biunkens, Geovannia Carazo Ruiz, Ludo Collin, Pascal Debruyne, Sofie D’Hulster, La Fille d’O, Gevangenis Oudenaarde, Evelyn Goeman, Anne Gruwez, Luc Haenen, Carmen hornbostel, Lukasweb, Maximiliaan Martens, Kris Martin, Nils Mouton, Anneleen Ophoff, Marijke Pinoy, Redeemed Christian Church of God - Jesus House Gent, Refuinterim, Sint-Baafskathedraal, Lieven Sioen, Slachterij Ruben Vande Walle, S.M.A.K., Jessika Soors, Team de-radicalisering Stad Gent en vzw Humain, Valtonyc , Annemie Van Camp, Dian Vandecruys, Kleo van Ostade, Voka, Rudi Vranckx, Lou Wijnhoven, Lien Wildemeersch, Dominique Willaert en Victoria Deluxe. All parents of the children's choir De Stemband, everyone who joined the castings and gave us input, all collaborators of NTGent!


Tickets for this production are sold-out. Subscribe to the waiting list.


Friday 03 May 2019
Stuttgart, Schauspiel Stuttgart
Saturday 04 May 2019
Stuttgart, Schauspiel Stuttgart
Sunday 05 May 2019
Stuttgart, Schauspiel Stuttgart


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  • Magda Van Gompel

    Het was een adembenemende avond, dat is het toneel waar we nood aan hebben, het zet ons met onze neus op de werkelijkheid. De toekomst die we kunnen afwijzen of onder ogen zien. Wereldburgers worden en samen gelukkig zijn en mekaar beminnen of mekaar doodmaken.

  • Tim

    Twee tickets beschikbaar voor zaterdag 20/10 via Ticketswap

  • Patrick Mestdagh

    Waanzinnig goed !! Voorstelling die lang blijft nazinderen.
    Proficiat aan het volledige team

  • Elly

    2 tickets voor 17 oktober beschikbaar via Ticketswap

  • Roger Van Den Bulcke

    Genoten van het Lam Gods: inventief, meeslepend, emoties, menselijkheid. Inderdaad, een nieuwe wind in ons vertrouwd theater. Ik dacht even aan Jan Hoet zaliger die ook wegen bewandelde sie een ander niet aandeed. Proficiat voor al de medewerkers en voor de regie van Milo Rau. Al het dwaas gedonder in de kranten was absoluut overbodig: geen schandalen maar oprechte mooie mensen, kinderen en volwassenen, allemaal samen met hun warm publiek.
    Meer moet dat niet zijn.