het Theater Festival

“The combination of Gombrowicz’s Yvonne with the poetry of Tibaldus is a match made in heaven for actors and spectators alike. A dream combination of Gombrowicz’s absurdity and Tibaldus’ passion for performance.”


Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy


The young theatre company Tibaldus tackles Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy (1935) by the Polish avant-garde writer Witold Gombrowicz. As a joke, Prince Philip gets engaged to the repulsive Yvonne. The royal family and the entire royal household end up in a state of chaos as a result. Yvonne herself is the linchpin around which a tangle of intrigues and revelations revolve. She says almost nothing, thus holding up a mirror to the others.

The play unfolds inside a circle on the stage. As a spectator, you also enter into this arena in which a veritable battle is underway. In the hands of these young makers, Gombrowicz’ absurd universe is given a fresh and playful update.

concept & direction Timeau De Keyser | from & with Simon De Winne, Hans Mortelmans, Eva Binon, Lieselotte De Keyzer, Benjamin Cools, Ferre Marnef & David Van Dijcke | photography, movie & graphic design Pieter Dumoulin | production Tibaldus | coproduction Toneelhuis | thanks to les ballets C de la B, Kopergietery, NTGent, In de Ruimte & CAMPO
€16 (standard) / €12 (-25/65+, professionals) / €8 (-19)
duration: 110 min.
language: Dutch spoken