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“SUMMERHALL’S BIG IN BELGIUM STRAND A LW AY S P R O D U C E S S O M E ­S E R I O U S LY G O O D S H O W S . ” LYN GARDNER THE GUARDIAN

JULIE CAFMEYER

TIBALDUS

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(LIES)

ONTROEREND GOED

WORKING METHOD ENKIDU KHALED

ON ICE SUZANNE GROTENHUIS

ARM M I R E I L L E & M AT H I E U

box office 0131 560 1581

IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA

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SUMMERHALL Fringe Venue 26 summerhall.co.uk

BOMBASTIC DECLARATION OF LOVE


Big in Belgium was created by CURATOR David Bauwens . EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Richard Jordan with Tammy Dale . PRODUCTION Elaine Innes . PRODUCTION ON SITE (EDINBURGH) Jo Mackie . FOR UPPER CHURCH Michael Earley & Peter Searle . TECHNICIANS Jon Barron . PRESS Martin Shippen . DESIGN Nick Mattan . FINANCES Wim Smet . TRANSPORT Tom Daniels . THANKS TO Simon Stokes, Hans Rabaey & Theater aan Zee, Upper Church/ Rose Bruford College, Summerhall, all artists and companies involved . COPRODUCTION Big in Belgium (BE), Richard Jordan Productions (UK), Theatre Royal Plymouth (UK) Theatre aan Zee (BE) . IN ASSOCIATION WITH Summerhall (UK) and RBC/Upper Church (UK) . SUPPORTED BY the Flemish Government

SUMMERHALL BOX OFFICE: 0131 560 1581


A new wave of Flemish theatre The 2017 programme of Big in Belgium is all about performing with no 4th wall, no barrier between audience and performer. It’s about performances that range from ‘acknowledging that the audience is there’ to direct engagement with that audience, making them to some degree complicit in what the show will become on that particular day. Mireille & Mathieu invite all ages to take a look at their flea-market offerings, while bringing all forms of incomplete toys and broken puppets to life. Arm unfolds in the best traditions of Flemish absurdity and very un-Disney-like visual entertainment. In On Ice, a young woman will literally be on ice, while trying to explain how she gradually regained a grip on her life and loved ones. Suzanne Grotenhuis performs her story with a beautiful directness and has written one of the strongest pieces of new writing coming from Flanders this year. Without a doubt it will be fascinating to see Julie Cafmeyer reverse that approach and with Bombastic Declaration of Love; instead of focusing on the writing, actually debate the current state of her love life with the audience. It’s here where we probably will encounter the most intimate approach towards the spectators this year. Enkidu Khaled’s Working Method could also be a show that succeeds in doing that. While using a dramaturgical technique drawn from his acting lessons in Baghdad, he will make his audience do the math on the art-and-what-is-itgood-for equation. More numbers are to be taken into account, when joining Ontroerend Goed in playing a game as a banker, and becoming one of the 1%. Will any of you, while joining in the company’s brand new show £¥€$, be more responsible and less immoral than banks are today? Finally, we’d like to introduce Tibaldus, who are bringing their new show Ivona, Princess of Burgundia. They reintroduce the fourth wall but bend it in a circle and completely lock themselves in. The audience is able to inspect how they themselves are spectating and amidst of all that curiosity, there is theatre as pure and as crafty as you will have ever seen.


BOMBASTIC DECLARATION OF LOVE JULIE CAFMEYER Photos of ex-boyfriends, emails, texts, audio ­recordings and poetry. Struggling with her love life, Julie ­Cafmeyer experiences orgasms, despair, ­rejection and heaven. In an intimate setting, and with you the audience, she strives to create a genuine ­connection. A show that’s both vulnerable yet utterly fearless, ­giving us an ­insight into the heartaches that we all share. ­Fascinated by human dynamics, Julie pushes the boundaries of the private atmosphere and utilizes the spectator as an intimate participant in her work.

4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 AUGUST VENUE Anatomy Lecture Theatre 10:30 1 hour (16+)

PREVIEW Het Parool (NL) “The greatest power comes from the intimate stories she seems to get from her audience. Cafmeyer uses her captivating personality and gains her audience’s attention with a smile.”

4th (£8)

SHOWS £10 - concessions £8

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY JULIE CAFMEYER DRAMATURY POL EGGERMONT PICTURE INE VAN COILLIE COPRODUCTION TONEELSCHUUR PRODUCTIES (BE) DE BRAKKE GROND (BE), BIG IN BELGIUM (BE), RICHARD JORDAN ­PRODUCTIONS (UK), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK) IN ASSOCIATION WITH SUMMERHALL (UK)


BOMBASTIC DECLARATION OF LOVE JULIE CAFMEYER


IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA TIBALDUS Tibaldus, made up of Timeau De Keyser, Hans M ­ ortelmans and Simon De Winne, is one of ­Belgium’s most exciting and innovative young companies. Their work is fierce, surprising and thrilling. They now team up with five ­ other actors and dancers to create a bold and ­ radical ­contemporary ­reworking of Witold G ­ ombrowicz’s (known as the ­Shakespeare of Poland) ground-breaking ­masterpiece.

15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 AUGUST VENUE Upper Church - 15:45 95 mins (16+)

PREVIEW 15th (£8)

SHOWS £10 - concessions £8

Etcetera (Belgium) “The combination of both Gombrowicz and Tibaldus is a match made in heaven – both for the actors and the spectators. A perfect ­m arriage between Gombrowicz’s absurdity and Tibaldus’ passion for performing.”

DIRECTED BY TIMEAU DE KEYSER CREATED AND PERFORMED BY SIMON DE WINNE, HANS MORTELMANS, EVA BINON, LIESELOTTE DE KEYZER, BENJAMIN COOLS, FERRE MARNEF EN DAVID VAN DIJCKE COPRODUCTION TIBALDUS (BE), BIG IN BELGIUM (BE), RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS (UK), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK), TONEELHUIS (BE) IN ASSOCIATION WITH RBC/UPPER-CHURCH (UK)


IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA TIBALDUS


£¥€$ (LIES) ONTROEREND GOED You can read ‘lies’ in the title, or ‘eyes’, or Pound, Yen, Euro and Dollar. Whether falsities or c­ urrencies, it’s about money. Ontroerend Goed ­invites you to get under the skin of the well-to-do, the 1%, the super rich, the ones who pull the strings, the ­faces we never get to see. For one night, you can take their chairs. You call the shots. You’re in the centre of our ­economic system. You shape the course. And who knows, you might make the world a better place, more fair, more responsible, because you’ll do things differently, for sure. P.S. If you come, please take some money. Cash, because we don’t trust the pixels on your screen that tell us how much money you supposedly possess. Whether ­falsities or currencies, it’s about money.

De Morgen (BE) [ êêêêê ] “...smart, fast and incredibly exciting theatre.” “A phenomenally ­p owerful show about the financial sector.” “In a playful way, £¥€$ ­r aises deadly serious questions – this is high-class theatre.” WHATSONSTAGE.COM [ êêêê ] “As interactive theatrical experiences go, Ontroerend Goed’s £¥€$ has got to be one of the best.”

4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 AUGUST VENUE Upper Church - 18:30 & 20:30 95 min (16+)

PREVIEW 4th (£10)

SHOWS £14 - concessions £12

DIRECTOR ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT SCRIPT JOERI SMET, ANGELO TIJSSENS, KAROLIE DE BLESER, ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT & CAST TEXT JOERI SMET CAST JOERI SMET, ANGELO TIJSSENS, KAROLIEN DE BLESER, SAMIR VEEN, HANNAH BOER, AURÉLIE ­LANNOY, JOERI HEEGSTRA, BRITT BAKKER, CHARLOTTE DE BRUYNE, BASTIAAN VANDENDRIESSCHE, ROBIN KEYAERT, MAX WIND, SJEF VAN SCHIE & AARON J GORDON TECHNICAL SUPPORT BABETTE PONCELET COSTUMES ASTRID PEETERS MUSIC JOHANNES GENARD SCÉNOGRAPHY & DESIGN VORMEN & NICK MATTAN DRAMATURGY KOBA RYCKEWAERT, ZACH HATCH & JULIE BEHAEGEL (INTERN/STAGAIRE) PHOTO THOMAS DHANENS WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FLEMISH COMMUNITY, THE ­PROVINCE OF EAST-FLANDERS AND THE CITY OF GHENT COPRODUCTION ONTROEREND GOED (BE), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK) VOORUIT KUNSTENCENTRUM GHENT (BE), RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS (UK) IN ASSOCIATION WITH RBC/UPPER-CHURCH (UK)


£¥€$ ONTROEREND GOED


WORKING METHOD ENKIDU KHALED Can art really save the world? Belgian-­Iraqi ­theatre-maker and performer ­ Enkidu K ­haled’s award-winning show is a unique form of ­creative ­interaction. His audience is ­complicit in a­nalysing and simplifying the complex process of ­making theatre through a­ rtistic expression and ­reflection. In a four-step plan, K ­ haled guides us from our first associations through to a performance, ­showing how adults as well as children can use his ­method to translate their own ideas into a scene.

4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 AUGUST VENUE Upper Church - 15:45 90 min (14+)

PREVIEW 4th (£8)

SHOWS £10 - concessions £8

Arturo Desimone (BE), Alartemag.be “Enkidu’s ability to combine the experiences of atrocity and war with magical exhilaration is a poetic and necessary artistic response.” from the Jury Report of Theatre by the Sea 2016 “… a unique view on the possible shape of audience interaction ”

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY ENKIDU KHALED PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE ON SITE SARAH ROMBOUTS SUPPORTED BY PLATFORM 0090 (BE), DE BRAKKE GROND (BE) CO-PRODUCTION ENKIDU KHALED, BIG IN BELGIUM (BE), RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS (UK), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK), DEBUREN (BE/NL) IN ASSOCIATION WITH RBC/ UPPER-CHURCH (UK)


WORKING METHOD ENKIDU KHALED


ON ICE SUZANNE GROTENHUIS The young performer Suzanne Grotenhuis won a ­prize for her previous theatre show at a Belgian theatre ­festival. The money was meant to produce a new show. But she decided to spend the entire prize money on buying an actual ice skating rink. Why she did that and why this ice skating rink somehow seems to be the solution for a broken heart, will be revealed in her funny, absurd and moving show On Ice.

4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 AUGUST VENUE Upper Church - 14:00 75min (16+)

Focus KNACK (BE) - Els Van Steenberghe “ON ICE is a brave and funny report of how to crawl back on your feet when life brought you to your knees, enlightened with beautiful one-liners.”

PREVIEW 4th (£8)

SHOWS £10 - concessions £8

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY SUZANNE GROTENHUIS DRAMATURGY AND PRODUCTION BY SELM WENSELAERS COACH WIM HELSEN TECHNICIAN, LIGHT DESIGN SANDER SALDEN CO-PRODUCTION SUZANNE GROTENHUIS (BE) DE NWE TIJD (BE), BIG IN BELGIUM (BE), RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS (UK), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK) IN ASSOCIATION WITH RBC/­UPPER-CHURCH (UK)


ON ICE SUZANNE GROTENHUIS


ARM MIREILLE & MATHIEU Mireille & Mathieu unpack their paraphernalia at a flea-market. Objects and toys they pick up turn out to be bursting with stories. Gentle, poetic, cruel or comical scenes follow in a happy delirium of absurd experiments. One of Belgium’s oldest and legendary absurdist companies makes its Edinburgh debut as part of Big in Belgium 2017.

4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 AUGUST VENUE Demonstration Room - 16:20 1 hour (U)

Manchester Evening News “It’s fantastically funny and unique. It’s best described as 60 minutes of mayhem and mystery.”

PREVIEW 4th (£8)

SHOWS £10 - concessions £8

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY ERIK BASSIER AND KATHLEEN WIJNEN CO-PRODUCTION MIREILLE & MATHIEU (BE), BIG IN BELGIUM (BE), RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS (UK), THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH (UK) IN ASSOCIATION WITH SUMMERHALL (UK)


ARM MIREILLE & MATHIEU


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ON ICE UPPER CHURCH 75MIN (16+) £ 10 / £ 8

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14:00 WORKING METHOD UPPER CHURCH 90 MIN (14+) £ 10 / £ 8

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15:45 £¥€$ (LIES) UPPER CHURCH 90MIN £ 14 / £ 12

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BOMBASTIC DECLARATION OF LOVE ANATOMY LECTURE THEATRE 60MIN (16+) £ 10 / £ 8

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10:30 IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA UPPER CHURCH 95MIN (16+) £ 10 / £ 8

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AUGUST


ALSO FROM FLANDERS

All the Fun CIE EA EO

IN ASSOCIATION WITH AURORA NOVA

A hypnotic, tongue-in-cheek antidote to the glittering circus world. You’re invited beyond the everyday 1, 2, 3 of juggling into an ever-changing space, where performers balance objects and throw bodies, rendering ­ failure just as visible as sweat. The cast of five’s natural movement is part ­playful game and part sabotage. Set to an original soundtrack, Ea Eo use the ­basic tools of the trade - balls and clubs – to deconstruct the rules of juggling and play with the audience’s expectations to delightful effect.

De Morgen (BE) [ êêêê ] “Mesmerising”

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VENUE Underbelly Circus Hub The Beauty - 16:00 (17:00) 1 hour (U)

PREVIEW 5th (£8)

SHOWS £12.50 (£11.50) weekend £14.50 (£13.50)

JORDAAN DE CUYPER, SANDER DE CUYPER, BRAM DOBBELAERE, ÉRIC LONGEQUEL, NETA OREN ARTISTIC

CONSULTING JOHAN SWARTVAGHER JUGGLING ADVICE JAY GILLIGAN LIGHT DESIGN DAVID CARNEY SOUND DESIGN

DAVID MAILLARD STAGING RINUS SAMYN SCENOGRAPHY BOIJEOT.HERESBACH.RENAULD PRODUCTION CAILLAT PHOTO CREDIT BEN HOPPER

MANAGER LAURE


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“SUMMERHALL’S BIG IN BELGIUM STRAND A LW AY S P R O D U C E S S O M E ­S E R I O U S LY G O O D S H O W S . ” LYN GARDNER THE GUARDIAN

JULIE CAFMEYER

TIBALDUS

£¥€$

(LIES)

ONTROEREND GOED

WORKING METHOD ENKIDU KHALED

ON ICE SUZANNE GROTENHUIS

ARM M I R E I L L E & M AT H I E U

box office 0131 560 1581

IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA

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SUMMERHALL Fringe Venue 26 summerhall.co.uk

BOMBASTIC DECLARATION OF LOVE

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