het Theater Festival

“Don Juan shows how opera can really shine without the faintest trace of gold leaf on or near the stage.”

Knack Focus

Don Juan


Someone at peace with himself has managed to always go with whatever takes his fancy. Others live with a different idea about love. And yet a person like that can invade your life, your bed, your wedding day and your idea of eternal fidelity. Five young actors look at Molière’s Don Juan, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, and Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto. They try to pinpoint their stance on love and to share it musically with anyone who will listen.
Through the rapid sequence of an elucidatory theatrical language, a group of young people decoding opera, nimble dressing-up sessions and misunderstandings, arias of hushed emotional moments and impressive ensembles, DESCHONECOMPANIE aims to make operas accessible to a wide audience.

direction & concept Tom Goossens | musical director Wouter Deltour | play Mitch Van Landeghem (Don Juan), Flor Van Severen (Leporello & Masetto), Carine van Bruggen (Donna Elvira), Celine Debacquer (Donna Anna & Zerlina) & Wouter Deltour (piano) | image Yannis Gutmann | grafic design Wouter De Boeck | pictures Yuri van der Hoeven | technic Johannes Ringoot & Gilles Pollak | mentor Wannes Gyselinck & Kris Van Trier | dramaturgical advice Raphaël Vandeweyer | costumes Marij de Brabandere | based on J.B. Molière, L. Da Ponte & W.A. Mozart | music fragments Freiburger Barockorchester o.l.v. René Jacobs | thanks to Frederik Leroy, Fabrice Delecluse, Merel Heering, Rudi Goossens, Ann Caremans, Dirk Pauwels, Guy Coolen, Simon Van Schuylenberg, Johan Knuts, Yuri van der Hoeven, Guy Joosten and the International Opera Academy, Compagnie Marius, Nina Eleonora Claes, Wouter De Boeck, Leo Verlinden, Grégory Abels, Eline George, Raphaël Vandeweyer & Charles Caremans
€16 (standard) / €12 (-25/65+, professionals) / €8 (-19)
duration: 90 min.
language: Dutch spoken