>>> FRAGMENTS OF BROKEN MEMORY.
Like the book on which it is based, the stage version of Rouge décanté
recounts the appalling experience of the writer who as a young child was incarcerated with his mother in a concentration camp near Djakarta during the Japanese occupation. Thirty-five years later she died "unexpectedly" in utter solitude in a nursing home where he had never set foot. The book is a reckoning with his mother. With this powerful monologue, the director Guy Cassiers and the great actor Dirk Roofthooft (who has worked with all the leading lights of Flemish theatre) take us on a journey into the ravaged inner world of Jeroen Brouwers. Supported by live video images and brought to life by the physical presence of an actor/medium, this emotionally intense piece presents a magnificent expression of love from a wounded man. In Europe, Guy Cassiers has made a big impression on theatregoers with his multimedia staging. Festivalgoers will at last be able to see one of his major works with the very moving stage adaptation of Rouge décanté
, a play that leaves us with the feeling that in contemplating death, theatre helps teach us how to live.
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY
SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN, VIDEO
Diederik de Cock
Myriam Van Gucht
With the support of the Flemish authorities
With assistance from the Embassy of the Netherlands