Salon Proust

Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg / De Bottelarij

10/05 > 22:00
11/05 > 17:00
Fr & Nl

Three Proust productions - a theatrical immersion into the author's marathon work Remembrance of things past.

However before seeing the works on stage, you will be able to attend a Proustian salon recreated for you by the Festival. It's not the kind of society salon hosted by Proust's snobbish characters, but a multimedia listening room to journey into the pages of Remembrance of Things Past. In it the reading of Proustian snippets generates the creation of video images recalling things past and radically contemporary electronic music. Sitting on sofas supping champagne, it is an informal evening to whet your appetite concocted by Jeroen and Fleur Olyslaegers (Glamor is Undead), followed by an 'after-salon' with DJ Zebra.

Music:

Eavesdropper & Daiphlux (10/05), Sen Jan & Styrofoam (11/05)

Soundscape:

Cortechsvalley

Video:

Stefan Franck

After-salon:

DJ Zebra

Actors:

Kristien Deproost & Olivier Ythier (10/05), Grace Ellen Barkey & Brigitte Dedry (11/05)

Production:

Glamor is Undead & KunstenFESTIVALdesArts

Supported by:

KVS/de bottelarij

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Glamor Is Undead, KunstenFestivalDesArts & KVS/de bottelarij present:

Salon Proust

Two selections of texts from Proust’s oeuvre, a journey into A la recherche du temps perdu.

We could not imagine a more appropriate place for a Proust salon… Not the sort of salon where characters happily mingle, but a multimedia listening experience. Salon Proust does not nurture the ambition of greedily pouncing on Proust’s oeuvre, rather the preference is for a form of hors d’oeuvre, light and selective, intended for spectators and listeners who scarcely know this vast oeuvre. Some parts of the text are read in French, others in Dutch. On Saturday the spotlight is on the character of Albertine (love and suffering, separation and reunion, jealousy and euphoria), while on Sunday we see the appearance of the Baron de Charlus (and with him the rise and decline of a salon culture, the intrigues, secret lives, hypocrisy and sublime arrogance). The readings are followed by a short performance by Daiphlux and Styrofoam, that DJ Zebra relays with 20s and 30s music.

An audiovisual production where textual fragments, video images and electronic music link tracks of the past with radically contemporary sounds. Drinks and sofas are available during this informal evening.

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