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“There are only three things necessary for a performance to work: the play – words – the actors and the audience. You don’t need anything else for the miracle to happen.”  
-Ingmar Bergman, After the Rehearsal

Following on from Scènes de la vie conjugale (Scenes from a Marriage) and Après la répétition (After the Rehearsal) in 2013, STAN once again turns its attention to Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre. The need to delve more deeply into Bergman’s work is shared by actor Robby Cleiren, who has previously been involved in STAN productions, including Betrayal, The Monkey Trial and The Cherry Orchard. His company, de Roovers, is coproducing this new play. For the first time they are working with Ruth Becquart, best known in recent years for her television work.  

This new creation is intended as a tribute to Ingmar Bergman and first and foremost to Bergman the writer. Starting from 'Infidèle' and 'Laterna Magica', the play is an ode to his style of writing and to his insight. By also giving Bergman a tangible form on stage, alongside and in dialogue with his characters, the writer is incorporated into the show as the first-person narrator. This exploration of the autobiographical dimension of his work is not reduced to voyeurism, confession or psychologization, but shows how subtly and ruthlessly Bergman exposed human relationships. 

The uninhibited theatrical reading will throw into relief the discernment and humanity, the vitality and humour of Bergman’s oeuvre. The piece will be an unaffected tribute, a declaration of love, a gesture of respect and admiration, but one that avoids idolatry.  

text Ingmar Bergman
by and with Ruth Becquart, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker and Frank Vercruyssen
production STAN and de Roovers