« A place where everything separating artists from spectators seems to have disappeared » The way we build images and the reasons we tell stories have continually changed since time immemorial. This new century is redefining our relationship with time and space, the here and now. It seems as though everyone today has the tools to bear witness to the world on a grand scale, to create a piece of fiction, make information known and share it. The challenge is to reinvent ourselves in paradoxical times when communication and emotion not only represent tools of mass enslavement, but also favour the birth of an alternative. These days, everyone is on air and able to broadcast their stories. So we have both an individual and a collective responsiblity for the information and emotions we share. As I see it, it is precisely this multiform creativity that will generate other possibilities. At the heart of danger, the seething threat of the here and now, there is the theatre and its two thousand six hundred years of solid, loyal service to the non-market sector. And for two thousand six hundred years, artists have been reinventing the show and its language on a daily basis. The challenge for a world in motion is not to cast aside the classics, but to redefine them, alter the way in which they are viewed and shared, refusing to see things in black and white. It is not reactionary to respect two thousand six hundred years of work, to draw inspiration from the great masters, to protect jobs that are dying out and won’t be revived for a long time. Experience gives rise to new forms, and the artists in the 2017-18 season don’t have to ponder over the reinvention of their stage language: it’s a done deal. This selection of Belgian and international works pays tribute to the people who fill this theatre, to the artistry, nights of hard work, indignation and obsessions of all the story makers. It showcases the demands of form and the relevance of words, the urgent need to tell stories and the fundamental desire to show where we stand in today’s world.
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