het Theater Festival



The Blind Poet

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

A journey through family histories

The idea for The Blind Poet arose when the theatre-maker and artist Jan Lauwers visited the Great Mosque in Córdoba. During the period when Spain was under Moorish rule (711-1031), Córdoba was the commercial and cultural capital of the world. Women were powerful, atheism was normal. Paris was a provincial town and Charlemagne illiterate.

However, history is written by the victors. By men. How many lies, chance meetings and accidents along the way have actually determined our ‘history’?
The Blind Poet travels through history via the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. And concludes that somehow everyone has a connection with or similarities to someone else. The Blind Poet is about strong women who throw stones and end up on the pyre. About a crusader with a suit of armour that is too small. An infectious mixture of theatre, dance, music and performance.

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 | costumes Lot Lemm | direction assistance, dramaturgy Elke Janssens | light Marjolein Demey, Jan Lauwers | sound Ditten Lerooij | production, technics Marjolein Demey, Kurt Bethuyne |a Needcompany productie | Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, FIBA ‐ Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm |with the support of the Flemish Community
€20 / €16 (-25/65+) / €8 (-19)
duration: 2h30
language: Dutch, French, English, German, Norwegian & Arabic spoken | subtitles in Dutch, French, & English
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