In the spring of 2019, STAN is presenting ten productions, including two new creations and a Belgian première. 

For the new production Hitchcock/Truffaut (working title), Damiaan De Schrijver, Bert Haelvoet and Matthias de Koning venture into the world of the cinema. Where do film and theatre meet? Where do they clash and where do they reinforce each other? A variety of source materials such as interviews given by Alfred Hitchcock to François Truffaut, Andy Warhol and others, provide the starting point for the production. After try-outs in Antwerp, the play will be premièred in Mechelen in June. 

Anne Teresa and Jolente De Keersmaeker are creating Somnia, a site-specific production performed near Gaasbeek Castle. A group of 44 dancers (final year students at P.A.R.T.S.) explore dance as a game with the natural surroundings. The story lines are taken from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the novel Somnium by Johannes Kepler. The show will be premièred at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in June.  

Infidèles will start its tour in January: first France, then Belgium in February for its Belgian première, followed by a stop in Geneva. In this coproduction with de Roovers, Ruth Becquart, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker and Frank Vercruyssen interweave passages from Ingmar Bergman’s autobiography The Magic Lantern with his script for the film Faithless to produce a stratified game between actor and character, staging and reality.   

Eg er vinden, Ik ben de wind, a coproduction with Maatschappij Discordia created at the end of 2018, will be staged in Utrecht and Haarlem in January. Damiaan De Schrijver and Matthias de Koning share the stage in this dialogue by the Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse, an existential piece that takes place on an imaginary boat.    

The way she dies will tour France, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal from February to May. This coproduction with the Portuguese Teatro Nacional D. Maria II written by Tiago Rodrigues in 2017, takes as its starting point Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and shows how literature can change lives. The collaboration between the Portuguese actors Isabel Abreu and Pedro Gil and their Belgian counterparts Jolente De Keersmaeker and Frank Vercruyssen resulted in a trilingual performance.   

La Cerisaie is the French-language version of Chekhov’s last play The Cherry Orchard. Created by STAN in 2015, it has remained on the repertoire in recent seasons. Starring Evgenia Brendes, Lukas De Wolf, Evelien Bosmans, Tessa Friedrich, Scarlet Tummers, Haider Al Tamimi et al, the play will be staged in various parts of France in January. 

Quartett by Heiner Müller, STAN’s coproduction from 1999 with Rosas, is returning after twenty years to the Kaaitheater in Brussels. While the world is on the point of collapse, a man (Frank Vercruyssen) and a woman (Cynthia Loemij) conduct a mordant dialogue and explore the area of tension between word and movement.     

In March Théâtre de Lorient is pairing Trahisons (Betrayal), Harold Pinter’s story about a three-cornered relationship, with Infidèles, thereby presenting a double dose of (self)deception and (un)faithfulness.

Created in 2017, the ‘polycoproduction’ atelier is a Dadaïst analysis of the process of artistic creativity. It can be seen at the Comédie de Genève in April.    

We round off the season with Poquelin II. After its premiere at Toneelhuis at the end of 2017, the show will be back there in June 2019.    

In the spring Frank Vercruyssen will also be teaching at the Academy of Theatre Oslo and at the La Manufacture in Lausanne.