18.01.2023 19.01.2023

Venus in Libra Jaouad Alloul / Toneelhuis

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H Daphne Okon
'Venus In Libra' tells the story of a runaway, hypocritical world that condemns sex.
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15 - 24 euros

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DUTCH spoken

The starting point for this production for the Antwerp-based artist and entrepreneur Jaouad Alloul was the moment when an EU politician with an anti-LGBTQ+ agenda was caught during lockdown at a sex party for gay men. It showed a hypocrisy and power politics which urgently need to be brought to an end. Venus in Libra  is a manifesto, a dialogue and radical resistance to all conservatism. 

The place to be is 'The Last Mermaid', a nightclub where Coco rules the dancefloor as Queen of the Night. With a mixture of music, spoken word and dance, the creatures of the night submit to their true selves. The Roaring Twenties in full-on orgy mode. No vice or virtue is neglected, no intoxicant remains untouched. But the glitter and glamour conceal a deep malaise. 
Coco confronts, balances, offers a mirror in which society shows its true face, and it is anything but a pretty sight. More than any other, she dares to ask: who will be the last one standing?

Venus in Libra  seeks balance in a world that refuses to learn from its mistakes. There is a need for transparency, more gentleness, more femininity. Radical love and sex with consent. Individual expression and collective awareness. Generous encounters and intimate embraces.  
Who represents the status quo and which side of the (r)evolution are you on? Venus in Libra  is a theatrical experience of music that can best be summarised as a chaotic punk queer pop concert.  

Who are you when no one is looking? Do you wear a mask or does the mask wear you? When the night falls, our animal side emerges.
Jaouad Alloul
credits

concept & text

Jaouad Alloul, Jeroen Vanluyten

research

Jeroen Vanluyten

direction

Jaouad Alloul

composition

Jaouad Alloul, Jan D'Haene

composition electronic music

Hanne Torfs

musicians

Jan D'Haene, Dirk Fryns, Juno Kerstens, Hanne Torfs

dance & performance

Hendrik Lebon

choreography of jaouad alloul and hendrik lebon

Jonas Vandekerckhove

choreography of creatures of the night

Sagi Amir Gross

light design

Tim Clement

costume design

Mario Leko

scenography

Daphne Okon

creatures of the night

Mick Galliot Fabré, Naomi Celis, Eliane Hakkaart, Saloua Hassani, Joep Lange, Klaas Mertens, Faisal Muhammadu, Helder Onkelinx, Lieke Oolders, Lilith Pas, Dane Schippers, Flora Van Canneyt

thanks to

Johan Petit, Céline Buren

production

Toneelhuis

with support of

Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter
TOON MEER
TOON MINDER
credits

concept & text

Jaouad Alloul, Jeroen Vanluyten

research

Jeroen Vanluyten

direction

Jaouad Alloul

composition

Jaouad Alloul, Jan D'Haene

composition electronic music

Hanne Torfs

musicians

Jan D'Haene, Dirk Fryns, Juno Kerstens, Hanne Torfs

dance & performance

Hendrik Lebon

choreography of jaouad alloul and hendrik lebon

Jonas Vandekerckhove

choreography of creatures of the night

Sagi Amir Gross

light design

Tim Clement

costume design

Mario Leko

scenography

Daphne Okon

creatures of the night

Mick Galliot Fabré, Naomi Celis, Eliane Hakkaart, Saloua Hassani, Joep Lange, Klaas Mertens, Faisal Muhammadu, Helder Onkelinx, Lieke Oolders, Lilith Pas, Dane Schippers, Flora Van Canneyt

thanks to

Johan Petit, Céline Buren

production

Toneelhuis

with support of

Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter

TICKETS

Tuesday 17 January 2023
20:00
Minardschouwburg
Wednesday 18 January 2023
20:00
Minardschouwburg

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