De Living

    22/05  | 20:30
    23/05  | 20:30
    24/05  | 20:30
    25/05  | 15:00

€ 18 / € 15
1h20
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De Living is the first work by Ersan Mondtag to be shown at the festival. One of the most celebrated German directors of the young generation, the rising all-round artist Mondtag was voted director and set and costume designer of the year in the German Sprachraum. His latest creation, De Living, begins when a woman comes home to her living room and ends with her suicide. Or is it the other way around? Can the last hour of her life be narrated backwards? What does she do so close to her end? Can we understand her act, accept her decision? Is there any way to prevent her killing herself, or is this an inevitable act, a release even? The history of drama is full of characters who die or kill themselves. Anthony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet – even before the performance starts, the audience knows that they are ultimately going to die, and yet we still watch these shows with fascination. As though we enjoy this feeling of inevitability and fatalism. Or are we rather looking for a key that can shatter the feeling of impotence and bring us once more to our senses?


Direction: Ersan Mondtag
By and with: Doris and Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu (Les Mybalés) 

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Production: NTGent
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La Villette (Paris), HAU (Berlin), Boulevardfestival (Den Bosch)
With the support of: German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goethe Institut and Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government

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Ersan Mondtag was born in Berlin in 1987 and works between the fields of theatre and music, performance and installation. In 2012 he founded the KAPITÆL ZWEI KOLEKTIF in Munich. He conceived long-term performances, experimental party forms and interdisciplinary theatre works in the collective, most recently Party #4 - NSU in Mixed Munich Arts (MMA). For the exhibition space of the Pinakothek der Moderne he realized KONKORDIA with Olga Bach, a nine-day permanent performance. In the 2013-2014 season, Ersan Mondtag was a member of the REGIEstudio of Schauspiel Frankfurt, where he directed 2nd Symphony, Das Schloss and Orpheus#. In 2015, his play TYRANNIS was created at the Staatstheater Kassel, with which Ersan Mondtag was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2016. Further guest performances followed, among others again at the festival "radikal jung". The specialist magazine "Theater Heute" named Mondtag "Young Director of the Year 2016" and he was also honoured in the categories "Stage Designer and Costume Designer of the Year". Ersan Mondtag lives in Berlin. He has staged productions at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, the Berliner Ensemble, the Maxim Gorki Theater, the Theater Bern, the Schauspiel Köln and the Münchner Kammerspiele. For NTGent and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts Ersan Mondtag creates De Living, in 2019.

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