Thu 28.0220:00 - 21:30LOD StudioPast event
Fri 01.0319:00 - 20:30LOD StudioPast event
Sat 02.0320:00 - 21:30LOD StudioPast event
Flemish-Congolese artist Roland Gunst is ambivalent about the Flemish lion. On the one hand, the clawing lion instills fear in him as a symbol of an assumed pure Flemish identity that rejects foreignness. On the other hand, he holds a passionate desire for the arrival of a Flemish lion who will liberate his people. A lion that – as the Flemish flag already suggests – is black.
In the musical performance ‘Flandria’, a blend of history and mythology, that time has finally come: the black lion, King Lion I of Flanders, rises. Not in order to liberate Flanders from the French, but to resolve the issue of integration that our society is wrestling with, once and for all. Lion I throws himself into battle against the horrifying monster of assimilation, which threatens to swallow us all whole.
In a mystical ritual with the noblewoman Flandria – soprano singer Emma Posman – and with opera music from the renowned Kugoni Trio orchestra, Gunst reflects on the Flemish identity and depicts an Afropean kingdom in which impurity and interculturality are celebrated.
in DUTCH spoken with English surtitles
concept, regie, tekst en spel John K Cobra / Roland Gunst muzikale compositie Benjamien Lycke libretto Mien Bogaert dramaturgie Matthias Velle scenografie Kachiri Faes kostuumontwerp Thomas van Dyck sopraan Emma Posman muzikale uitvoering Kugoni Trio viool Nicolas Dupont piano Bert Koch saxofoon Kurt Bertels productie John K Cobra Institute of Videoartfacts, LOD muziektheater coproductie NTGent, kunstencentrum Vooruit, Victoria Deluxe, BOZAR in samenwerking met De Grote Post met dank aan WIPCOOP / Mestizo Arts Platform met de steun van De Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid