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M, a reflection

Kris Verdonck / A two dogs company


A man and his reflection. A solo, a dialogue. Who is the real one and who is the double ? Visual artist and theatre maker Kris Verdonck uses the texts of the German author Heiner Müller as a starting-point for his new production. It spirals around the intriguing theme of the other, the doppelgänger, the enemy. Man needs an enemy, Verdonck argues, because the opponent –who is everything that we are not- defines to a large extent what we actually are.

Verdonck elaborates the theme of the double / opponent on different levels that collide and resonate. Heiner Müller’s work is the perfect instrument to do this. In his texts he analysed the revolutions of the 20th century very sharply. Nobody succeeded better in connecting the twofoldness and the inner conflict both in the individual and the political area.

Kris Verdonck was trained in the visual arts, architecture and theatre. This shows in his creations. He likes exploring the boundaries between various disciplines. Johan Leysen is an actor of international renown. He shoulders the solo / dialogue.

Concept and direction: Kris Verdonck / Dramaturgy: Marianne Van Kerkhoven (Kaaitheater) / Actor: Johan Leysen / Text: Heiner Müller / Dialogues: Heiner Müller and Alexander Kluge / Technical coordination and light design: Jan Van Gijsel / Camera and editing: Vincent Pinckaers / Sound design: Stef van Alsenoy / Post production video: Loup Brenta / Costume: An Breugelmans / Internship: Kristof Van Baarle / Translations: Marcel Otten, Patricia de Martelaere / Surtitling French: Martine Bom / Production: A Two Dogs Company, Hendrik De Smedt / Coproduction: Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf DE, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin DE, Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam NL, Vooruit, Ghent BE / With the support of: the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission / Thanks to: de Warande, Niels Neven, Culture Crew, Fisheye, SIGMA, BERLIN, Geert Sruyve

Duration: 90 min

Location: Kortrijk - Schouwburg