Jan Lauwers / Needcompany - 'The Blind Poet'
© Maarten Vanden Abeele
Thu 21.11 20:00 - 22:30

Jan Lauwers / Needcompany

The Blind Poet
Thu 21.11
20:00 - 22:30
  • Thu 21.11
    20:00 - 22:30
    NTGent Schouwburg

Lauwers draws from the family trees of his performers and writes a new story 

In ‘The Blind Poet’ Jan Lauwers goes more than a thousand years back in time to talk about identity in multicultural Europe. He draws from the family trees of his performers and writes a new story, based on their nationalities, cultures and languages. Lauwers takes inspiration from the texts of blind Syrian poet Abu al ‘ala al Ma’arri and the Andalusian poet Wallada bint al Mustakfi.

Lauwers came up with the idea during his trip to the Spanish town of Cordoba. A thousand years ago this was the capital of the world. Women were in power, atheism was perfectly normal and the city had an arsenal of 600,000 books in its libraries. History, however, is written by the victor, and this flourishing Moorish city on the European continent is often forgotten. Why is history always so misleading and deceptive? 

“Zowel beeldend als literair is de nieuwe productie van Jan Lauwers & Needcompany een streling voor oog en oor”

Guido Lauwaert (Knack Focus)

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Thu 21.11 - 20:00 NTGent (Sint-Baafsplein 17, 9000 Gent)
€ 26/ 22/ 14
NL and ENG
Podium / theater


text, direction & set Jan Lauwers - music Maarten Seghers - with Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Benoît Gob, Mohamed Toukabri, Maarten Seghers, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers - kostuums Lot Lemm - assistant director & dramaturgy Elke Janssens - lights Marjolein Demey, Jan Lauwers - sound Ditten Lerooij / Marc Combas - production & technician Marjolein Demey - production Needcompany - coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, FIBA (Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm - with the support of the Flemish government

In copresentation with NTGent 



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