For the start of this season at NTGent...
- We welcome new and old friends during an extra-long weekend of talks and statements and artistic interventions, live and online.
- We invite you to the premiere of just asking, a theatre performance by Oscar Van Rompay and Peter Seynaeve.
- We welcome you to see one of the last performances of Empire, Milo Raus final play in his Europe Trilogy.
- Wepresent Why theatre?, a new Golden Book – our fifth already - and organise a debate about the heart of the matter. Why theatre indeed?
In the last half year, the so-called live arts stopped completely. No more theatre, no more dance, no more performances. For the first time since World War II, the halls and rooms of the city theatres and opera houses, built in the 19th century by proud citizens, remained closed for months in a row.
The lockdown had the effect of a magnifying glass: taking an extensive break from our normal life, we had time to reflect on what we were doing. The ‘normal’ of the pre-corona times was questioned. How much did we do because we believed it had to be done? How much of it was part of a routine? Was it all worthwhile?
While reflecting on our trajectory as a city theatre in Ghent, we decided to focus on the most basic question we can possibly ask ourselves: why theatre? Why is this art form so unique, so indispensable? To open the season, we reflect on this question. In lectures, debates, meetings and of course in our theatre performances, we try to formulate answers.
There’s no time like the present to take it from there!