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Th 17 Jun 2010
20.30
premiere
Antwerp
Monty

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Fr 18 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

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Sa 19 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

+32 3 2389181
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We 23 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

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Th 24 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

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Fr 25 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

+32 3 2389181
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Sa 26 Jun 2010
20.30
Antwerp
Monty

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Tu 14 Sep 2010
20.00
Ghent
Vooruit / in Minard

+32 9 2672828
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We 15 Sep 2010
20.00
Ghent
Vooruit / in Minard

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Th 16 Sep 2010
20.00
Ghent
Vooruit / in Minard

+32 9 2672828
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Fr 17 Sep 2010
20.00
Ghent
Vooruit / in Minard

+32 9 2672828
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Sa 18 Sep 2010
20.00
Ghent
Vooruit / in Minard

+32 9 2672828
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Th 23 Sep 2010
20.15
Turnhout
de Warande

0032 14 41 69 91
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Fr 24 Sep 2010
20.15
Mechelen
CC Mechelen / Stadsschouwburg

+32 15 294000
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Sa 25 Sep 2010
20.15
Mechelen
CC Mechelen / Stadsschouwburg

+32 15 294000
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Th 30 Sep 2010
20.15
Maasmechelen
Cultuurcentrum Maasmechelen

+32 89 769797
website
Fr 1 Oct 2010
20.30
Brussels
Kaaitheater

+32 2 2015959
website
Sa 2 Oct 2010
20.30
Brussels
Kaaitheater

+32 2 2015959
website
Su 3 Oct 2010
15.00
Matinee Kadee
Brussels
Kaaitheater

+32 2 2015959
website
Mo 4 Oct 2010
14.00
Brussels
Bronks / in Kaaitheater

+32 2 2199921
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We 6 Oct 2010
20.30
Tielt
CC Gildhof / in Malpertuis

+32 51 402935
website
Fr 8 Oct 2010
20.30
Haarlem
Toneelschuur

+31 23 5173910
website
Sa 9 Oct 2010
20.30
Haarlem
Toneelschuur

+31 23 5173910
website
Mo 11 Oct 2010
20.30
Amsterdam
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

+31 20 6266866
website
Tu 12 Oct 2010
20.30
Amsterdam
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

+31 20 6266866
website
We 13 Oct 2010
20.30
Amsterdam
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

+31 20 6266866
website
Th 14 Oct 2010
20.30
Amsterdam
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

+31 20 6266866
website
Sa 16 Oct 2010
20.30
Groningen
Grand Theatre

+31 50 3140550
website
Mo 18 Oct 2010
20.00
Louvain
30 CC / Schouwburg / ism STUK

+32 16 203020
website
We 20 Oct 2010
20.00
Sint-Niklaas
Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas / Schouwburg

+32 3 7783366
website
Fr 22 Oct 2010
20.30
Breda
Chassé Theater

+31 76 5303132
website
Sa 23 Oct 2010
20.00
Waregem
Cultuurcentrum De Schakel

+32 56 621340
website
Tu 26 Oct 2010
20.00
Sint- Andries (Bruges)
Maz

+32 50 44 30 60
website
Mo 20 Dec 2010
20.30
last performance
Antwerp
Monty

+32 3 2389181
website
Su 26 Feb 2012
20.00
Antwerp
Het Toneelhuis / Antwerpse Kleppers Festival

+32 3 2248844
website
Mo 27 Feb 2012
20.00
Antwerp
Het Toneelhuis / Antwerpse Kleppers Festival

+32 3 2248844
website
Ryumin: On people's right to wish to be deceived! You often speak of ‘life’. What is this: ‘life’? Whenever you talk about it I see in my mind's eye a massive and amorphous monster that ceaselessly demands sacrifices, human sacrifices! Day after day it gobbles up a man, not leaving a single scrap, and avidly drinks his blood. Why? I don't see any sense to it, but I know that the longer a man lives, the more he sees himself surrounded by filth, vulgarity, coarseness and smut and the more he craves beauty, clarity, purity (from ‘Summerfolk’ by M. Gorky)

In ‘Summerfolk’ a group of Russian friends spends the summer in a country dacha. They talk about the children’s education, about love, marriage, literature and life … They drink tea, brag and have fun, enjoying the sun and the water. Yet something is brewing. This group of notoriously enlightened members of the bourgeoisie, the Russian intelligentsia, is on edge. In the expectation that their lives are about to change completely, they cling to each other like grim death and fanatically defend their own precarious position.

Maxim Gorky wrote ‘Summerfolk’ or ‘Datchniki’ in 1905. The story dramatizes the lives of the Russian aristocracy and artists and their position vis-à-vis the social changes taking place at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Shalimov: I can feel it! I walk down the street and I see people with an entirely distinctive physiognomy and I feel: they will not read me, it does not appeal to them. They are strangers to me, they do not like me. They do not need me. I am old to them, and my ideas are old, too. I do not understand who they are! Who they like! Who they need! (from ‘Summerfolk’ by M. Gorky)

Shalimov: Please! You are just like everybody else! Everyone has this stupid and presumptuous conception of a writer's life. Of how he should eat, speak, write. Why? Why should I meet higher requirements for you? Why should I play a different part? I am a perfectly normal man who works for a living. Not with my hands, but with my imagination. You live as you like. But I, because I am a writer, should live according to your wishes, to satisfy your dreams. Pardon me, Varvara Mikhaliovna, but I'll give you back this flower. I feel I do not deserve this distinction. (from ‘Summerfolk’ by M. Gorky)

tg STAN speelt "Zomergasten"

 
 
text 'Summerfolk' by Maxim Gorky
by and with Marjon Brandsma, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver, Tine Embrechts, Bert Haelvoet, Minke Kruyver and Frank Vercruyssen

costumes Ann D'Huys
lighting design Clive Mitchell
technique Clive Mitchell and Tim Wouters
many thanks to Dood Paard, Peter Gorissen, Jeroen Perceval, Bob Snijers, Henk Van de Caveye and Gommer Van Rousselt

production Dutch version tg STAN

premiere Dutch version June 17th 2010, Monty, Antwerp

production French version Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Théâtre de Nîmes, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre de la Bastille and Festival d'Automne (Paris)
première French version October 2nd 2012, Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse (FR)