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Tu 15 Nov 2005
premiere
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

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We 16 Nov 2005 Paris
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Fr 18 Nov 2005 Paris
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Sa 19 Nov 2005 Paris
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Tu 22 Nov 2005 Paris
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We 23 Nov 2005 Paris
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Sa 26 Nov 2005 Paris
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Su 27 Nov 2005 Paris
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Tu 29 Nov 2005 Paris
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We 30 Nov 2005 Paris
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Th 8 Dec 2005 Paris
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Fr 9 Dec 2005 Paris
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Sa 10 Dec 2005 Paris
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Su 11 Dec 2005 Paris
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Tu 13 Dec 2005 Paris
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We 14 Dec 2005 Paris
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Th 15 Dec 2005 Paris
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We 11 Jan 2006 Brussels
KVS / Théâtre National

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Th 12 Jan 2006 Brussels
KVS / Théâtre National

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Fr 13 Jan 2006 Brussels
KVS / Théâtre National

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Sa 14 Jan 2006 Brussels
KVS / Théâtre National

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Tu 24 Oct 2006 Aix-en-Provence
Théâtre Antoine Vitez

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We 25 Oct 2006 Aix-en-Provence
Théâtre Antoine Vitez

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Sa 7 Jul 2007
Festival de Almada 2007
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website
Su 8 Jul 2007
Festival de Almada 2007
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website
Tu 10 Jul 2007
Festival de Almada 2007
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website
We 11 Jul 2007
Festival de Almada 2007
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website
Tu 28 Oct 2008 Madrid
Festival de Otoño a Primavera

website

We 29 Oct 2008 Madrid
Festival de Otoño a Primavera

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I think: perhaps there's a light inside people, perhaps a clarity; perhaps people aren't made of darkness, perhaps certainties are a breeze inside people, and perhaps people are the certainties they possess.
(José Luis Peixoto, Blank Gaze )

The first novel Nenhum Olhar ( Blank Gaze ) by the young Portuguese author José Luis Peixoto (born in 1974) was published in 2000. The following year he received the José Saramago Literary Award. The novel has been translated into several languages, and Peixoto is now considered a major young voice.

STAN asked Peixoto to write ANATHEMA , his first play, for Jolente De Keersmaeker and Tiago Rodrigues, a Portuguese actor STAN has already collaborated with on several times.

This time, his sources of inspiration weren't childhood tales. In this new text, the author speaks of terrorism, fear and violence, from the inside, as it were. How far can one go to defend an ideal? What means is one allowed to use for furthering a cause? How to respond to violence aimed at oneself? These and similar questions motivate the creators of this performance.

Moreover, tg STAN believes that theatre companies should not only perform stock pieces, but that it is of the utmost importance to link up with the creative process of contemporary authors, like they did here.

tg STAN speelt "Anathema"

Tackling terrorism on stage is a tall order. How do you begin to explore its causes, impulses and dilemmas without veering towards documentary or tourrit moralising? Well, you could do worse than take a worm’s-eye-view of fear and violence, seen from the inside in this troubling new play by José Luis Peixoto, the prizewinning Portuguese novelist. The paradox is that a work inspired by atrocities (Chechnya, Beslan) comes across as intimate, almost homely. Peixoto's approach is circling, allusive, tweaking our off-the-peg preconceptions. The actors start inside their own drama, with a rather heavy-handed nod to Romeo and Julia as other lovers shackled by inherited embedded hatred. Gradually they connect with the audience, emerge as hostage-takers in a clever game of shifting identities, juggle with private emotions versus commitment to a cause. The tone is conversational, diffident, poetic. There are some sententious lapses. Mostly, however, an exquisite uncertainty prevails. Emotions are stirred, shut down, reignited. Spectators are not only hostages but also the culpably indifferent. 
ANATHEMA , Financial Times, Claire Shine, 17/11/05 

It is one of those texts that grip you without being aware of it, sweeping you away for much longer than you'd ever had thought possible, to dump you in the end at the side of the road. A dialogue between a man and a woman weaving a web of love and fear, of special moments and loss. It is all performed in the typical tg STAN style, explicitly addressing the audience while hovering on the verge of an expression without pathos nor psychology. This type of theatre, which is often fascinating, meets its limits in ANATHEMA . It cuts slightly too close to the bone - perhaps because of the closeness between the author and his performers - but knows when to come to a close. And it leaves the audience eager to discover Peixoto's novels.
The war lovers , Le Monde, Brigitte Salino, 17/11/05

ANATHEMA , performed by Jolente De Keersmaeker and Tiago Rodrigues, is written for them by the young, prize-winning Portuguese author José Luís Peixoto, who until then had only written novels. You feel this; his script is dense and suggestive. But this makes it one of the most interesting dialogues about violence performed in recent times. Two people with a sombre experience of war are together on the stage. The man recalls how he saw his grandmother raped and murdered, the woman (his girlfriend?) remembers the time when the meaning of words was still simple. "When we just used to go to the theatre." By airing views about Chechnya, Peixoto brings a remote 'war' into the auditorium and makes it tangible.
Is this a reconstruction of traumatic memories? An attempt to break the theatrical illusion? The play leaves everything open, but the insinuation is strong: your safety can be blown to smithereens at any moment.
"It does you good to be cuddled once in a while" , De Morgen, Wouter Hillaert, 12/12/05

REVIEWS

ANATHEMA
Financial Times 17/11/05

The war lovers
Le Monde 17/11/05

It does you good to be cuddled once in a while
De Morgen 12/12/05

text José Luis Peixoto
a performance by Jolente De Keersmaeker, Tiago Rodrigues and Thomas Walgrave
with Jolente De Keersmaeker and Tiago Rodrigues

translation Carlos Batista
lighting design and video Thomas Walgrave
costumes An D'Huys
set design Jolente De Keersmaeker, Tiago Rodrigues and Thomas Walgrave

language advice Laurence d'Hondt
special thanks to Martine Bom and Sien Van den Hoof

production tg STAN
coproduction Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Festival d'Automne (Paris) and Culturgest (Lisbon)

premiere 14 November 2005, Théâtre de la Bastille/Festival d'Automne, Paris