(from the Kamasutra)
We. We don't want fierce love, we don't demand blood, we don't call out for vengeance.
Not any longer.
We are broad-minded, kind-hearted, perfectly informed, clear-sighted and congenial.
We are free, free at last, free at last! Delivered from the yoke of our instincts.
Damn, here comes Lust! Go away, Lust!
Aargh, there's Passion! You lecherous hussy! You troublemaker! Leave us alone!
We've only just managed to get this well-balanced.
We're headed in the right direction.
It's a one-way street, this evolution, so it should be the right direction, don't you think?
We're geared up for all kinds of levity, attuned to everyone's moods.
Yes! We're free. Liberated, guys! And girls. Ahem.
We cherish choices, as submissive as rulers.
And if Lust and Passion should overpower us after all, everyone will understand.
We're splendid creatures.
(They all laugh. Oh, such elegant mammals!)
A piece for middle-aged lechers with one young boy (who'll hopefully die at the end, the oaf!)
(From a letter from Sigmund Freud to Arthur Schnitzler, 1922)
Fearless knife sharpening
Sara De Roo: Telling stories on stage also helps take a society forward. Thats why we go for classic plays. It is an invitation to see an old story and thus our own time in a new and different light. Stijn Van Opstal: In the theatre you bring together actors and audience people to experience something together. That can be healing, curative.
interview by Anna Luyten with Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver and Stijn Van Opstal, 29 March 2013
by and with Koen De Graeve, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver, Sara De Roo, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Stijn Van Opstal and Geert Van Rampelberg
set design STAN, Olympique Dramatique and Matthias De Koning
lighting design Thomas Walgrave
canvas painting Tom Liekens
costumes Inge Büscher , assistant Filip Eyckmans
music Frank Vercruyssen
production and technique Toneelhuis and tg STAN
premiere 24 October 2013, Toneelhuis, Antwerp