|Fri 22 December 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Thu 21 December 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Wed 20 December 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Tue 19 December 2017 20:00||CC De Plomblom, Ninove|
|Sat 16 December 2017 20:15||ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen|
|Fri 15 December 2017 20:15||ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen|
|Thu 14 December 2017 20:15||ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen|
|Wed 13 December 2017 20:15||ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Mechelen|
|Tue 12 December 2017 20:15||Schouwburg Kortrijk|
|Sat 9 December 2017 20:30||Toneelschuur, Haarlem|
|Fri 8 December 2017 20:30||Toneelschuur, Haarlem|
|Thu 7 December 2017 20:30||CC Diest|
|Wed 6 December 2017 20:00||CC De Grote Post, Oostende|
|Mon 4 December 2017 20:30||Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam|
|Fri 1 December 2017 20:00||Cultuurcentrum Brugge|
|Thu 30 November 2017 20:15||C-mine, Genk|
|Wed 29 November 2017 20:15||De Warande, Turnhout|
|Sun 26 November 2017 15:00||Kaaitheater, Brussel|
|Sat 25 November 2017 20:30||Kaaitheater, Brussel|
|Fri 24 November 2017 20:30||Kaaitheater, Brussel|
|Wed 22 November 2017 20:30||Stad Tongeren – de VELINX|
|Tue 21 November 2017 20:00||30 CC, Leuven|
|Sat 18 November 2017 20:00||NTGent|
|Fri 17 November 2017 20:00||NTGent|
|Thu 16 November 2017 20:00||NTGent|
|Wed 15 November 2017 20:00||NTGent|
|Tue 14 November 2017 20:00||NTGent|
|Sun 12 November 2017 15:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Sat 11 November 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Fri 10 November 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
|Thu 9 November 2017 20:00||Toneelhuis, Antwerpen|
A large cast is behind STAN’S new production entitled Poquelin II, coproduced by Toneelhuis/Olympique Dramatique, NTGent, Dood Paard and ARSENAAL/LAZARUS. Kuno Bakker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas, Stijn Van Opstal, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver and Frank Vercruyssen will be working together on Molière’s oeuvre.
In 2003 STAN made Poquelin, a production based on a number of Molière’s plays, including ‘Médecin malgré lui’, ‘Sganarelle’ and ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’. Dutch and French versions of the production toured widely. Poquelin was a milestone in STAN’S repertoire.
“I want to deal with the absurdities of human nature and represent the shortcomings of the world in an agreeable manner on stage”, said Molière, and for STAN that was reason enough to take another look at his work.
Plays which have definitely made it onto the programme are: 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' (1670), in which Molière makes fun of a wealthy gentleman who tries to copy the behaviour and lifestyle of the aristocracy, and 'L’Avare' (The Miser, 1668), a tragicomedy about parsimony, the perverted exercise of power, avarice, the generation conflict, truth and lies, which is packed with the sort of absurd financial and moral deals which bombard us all.
“Stan transports us to the boisterous theatre of the 17th century, where actors didn’t think twice about overdoing things here or there, to the great delight of the audience,” according to Pieter T'Jonck in De Morgen**** 14/11
Het Nieuwsblad****: “But it’s mainly the actors who make a good play out of Poquelin II. We might actually love Van Opstal and Co. Because of the rhythm they put in their words. Because of the incredible talent they have. And those whom we love can easily convince us. Molière already knew that 300 years ago.”
“The jokes and worldly wisdom are rattled off at you like a rifle salvo for 2 ½ hours by a formidable cast – the joy of performing bursts from the small stage. Go see for yourself,” concludes Koen Van Boxem in De Tijd 14/11
“Through the use of incredibly speedy rhythm, sharp humour and the perspective afforded by the medium of theatre, and by extension the arts, they succeed in giving us 2 ½ hours’ worth of top-notch theatre with Poquelin II.” – Bert Hertogs, Concertnews****1/2, 13/11/2017
De Standaard****: “Courtships, Scrooges, dressing up in costumes: Poquelin II presents Molière as an old-fashioned side splitter.”
Theatre company STAN ensures laughter reigns in Poquelin II
"The boards, the costumes, the stage curtains, the text, the manners… everything is unsettling in Poquelin II, through which the theatre company STAN throws two plays by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (better known as Molière) into the mix with an eagerness that borders on carnival-like craziness. And boy, the result is fireworks!"
Els Van Steenberghe, Focus Knack, November 16th 2018
"The fact that different registers of hilarity can be still be used therein is shown with great precision by Poquelin II. Frank Vercruyssen, Stijn Van Opstal and Willy Thomas take their comedic music in the direction of refined andantes, and Jolente De Keersmaecker prances about in a frivolous alegretto. Els Dottermans brings down the roof as a full-fledge comedian, while taking great joy out of the carnival of high school acting and comedic ingenuity that she finds herself in the middle of. And it must be stated that Damiaan De Schrijver takes the cake, without forcibly outclassing his fellow actors or treading the boards as a virtuoso."
Loek Zonneveld, De Groene Amsterdammer, November 22nd 2018
Flemish actors present hilarious Molière production
"While not detracting from the other actors, Damiaan De Schrijver – a colossus of a man with his grotesque beard – is matchlessly fun, rough, over the top and simply great. Everything about him exudes Molière, comedy, the theatre and eagerness. In Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme he gives us the hilarious highpoints during his dancing and fencing lessons. Els Dottermans also excels as a full-fledged comedian in a range of witty female roles, and the always stylish Jolente De Keersmaeker provides a calming balance. Stijn van Opstal is particularly good as the patient languages and philosophy teacher."
Hein Janssen, De Volkskrant, December 4th 2017
Biting satire in flamboyant comedy
"Theatre company Stan is renowned for its top notch comedies, presented by an array of exceptional actors. I’ll list all of them: Els Dottermans, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver, Willy Thomas, Kuno Bakker, Stijn Van Opstal and Frank Vercruyssen. The minimalist décor, exactly as stipulated by the famed director Peter Brook, is more than enough to give the spirituality of the dialogue and action all the allure and flamboyancy it requires. In L’Avare, Thomas in the lead perfectly portrays the paranoia of the miser through much wringing of hands and exaggerated panic attacks."
Kester Freriks, Theaterkrant, December 5th 2017
text Molière (incl. ‘L’avare’ and ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’)
by and with Kuno Bakker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas, Stijn Van Opstal, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver and Frank Vercruyssen
lighting design Thomas Walgrave
costumes Inge Büscher
production and decor tg STAN
coproduction Toneelhuis/Olympique Dramatique, NTGent, Dood Paard and ARSENAAL/LAZARUS