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"Les estivants" by Maxim Gorky

27 November - 1 December 2012
21:00
Upper Stage
Following on from the success of <em>Antigones</em>, the celebrated Flemish company returns to the OCC with Gorky’s most Chekhovian play.
18 € | Concs 10 €
tgSTAN’s staging of Maxim Gorky’s Les Estivants [Summerfolk, 1904] promises to be an experience. Their pared-down but supremely powerful production exemplifies “real theatre”, and while the action may take place in pre-revolutionary Russia, its focus remains firmly on the here and now. In this rarely performed play so profoundly influenced by Anton Chekhov, Gorky uses a multitudinous cast to present a group of Russian intellectuals and bourgeois at their summer retreats, engrossed in their faltering marriages and fleeting passions, their ennui and inactivity, their clashes over beliefs and petty disagreements over trifles shortly before the Russian Revolution changes their lives forever. A powerful allegory for our present and the entrenched intelligentsia of every era, the work takes on flesh and blood in this singularly intense and cinematic spectacle. Rejecting any sense of ‘playing a part’ and fusing with their roles, the nine actors fill the stage with their energy and their humour.

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Text: Maxim Gorky
Directed by & starring: Hilde Wils, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver, Tine Embrechts, Bert Haelvoet, Minke Kruyver, Frank Vercruyssen
Costumes: An D'Huys
Lighting design: Clive Mitchell

Production: tgSTAN
Co-production: Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Théâtre de Nîmes, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre de la Bastille as part of the Festival d’Automne (Paris)

World premiere (in Dutch): 17 June 2010, Monty, Antwerp
World premiere (in French): 2 October 2012, Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse

IN FRENCH WITH SURTITLES IN GREEK
Translation into Greek: Louiza Mitsakou
PARALLEL EVENTS

29 Nov 2012

Upper Stage

ADULTS

After-performance talk with tg STAN

28 Nov - 1 Dec 2012

11:00 5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
21 €

ADULTS

Three-day workshop by tgSTAN