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Rambuku

is an ‘almost monologue’ for a woman and two men

and it will be made and performed by
Kayije Kagame 
Matthias de Koning
and Damiaan De Schrijver

 

Possibly a married couple.

Possibly very different from each other.

Maybe she has lots of words and he few or none.
Maybe there’s a rift on the horizon or a reconciliation.    
Maybe there’s hope.

Maybe Rambuku is
a solution,
a place,
a person,
an end.

 

I must be the one I was
(quite short pause)
I can’t
(breaks off, quite short pause)
I must be
(quite short pause)
The one I am
and the one I shall be
(quite short pause)
and I am beautiful
I’ve dressed up
today I’m beautiful
for today

Is a big day
a day for decisions
today is Rambuku’s day.

 

The first play STAN ever performed by the Norwegian writer Jon Fosse was ‘wat/nu’ (what now, 2016). ‘Slaap kindje slaap’ (Sleep my baby sleep) preceded Marius von Mayenburg’s ‘Stuk Plastiek’ (A Piece of Plastic).

A couple of years later, in 2018, ‘Ik ben de wind’ (I Am The Wind, 2007)  was premièred under the title ‘Eg er vinden, Ik ben de wind’ in a  co-production between Maatschappij Discordia and tg STAN.
In the spring of 2021 we are planning a new play by Jon Fosse: ‘Rambuku’ (2006).

Why Fosse?

Because he created a language of his own, a language that seems to consist of few words, of simple words, short sentences, oft repeated sentences and words, without punctuation, where short, very short, long and very long pauses are defined in that way, a language that is rhythmical, musical, poetic and philosophical, a language between that of Thomas Bernhard and Samuel Beckett, a language that makes the absent visible, that tries to encompass grief, isolation, loneliness, fear, love, family relationships, indeed the whole of life in one great hushed and haunting simplicity.

Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame
Rambuku_tg STAN, Maatschappij Discordia en Kayije Kagame

France Culture, Tous en scène, Aurélie Charon. TG Stan, l'amitié réinvente chaque projet. 11/12/2021

Sceneweb, Vincent Bouquet. Rambuku, îlot de résistance. 08/12/2021

La Parafe. « Rambuku » de Jon Fosse au Théâtre de la Bastille – scène de la vie conjugale : quelqu’un va venir. 10/12/2021

 

"Jon Fosse’s text is both incomprehensible and highly readable. It consists of short, ordinary sentences like “Why don’t you answer?”. “Answer!” So it is all down to the performance. And the Flemish collective tg STAN (S(top) T(hinking) A(bout) N(ames)), a stalwart of the Festival d'Automne and the Théâtre de la Bastille, has often served as an effective remedy in a bad patch! Like now!

"It is wonderfully idiosyncratic, slightly surreal, special and unique.."

Toute La Culture, Amelie Blaustein Niddam. Les Stan nous emmènent à Rambuku au Théâtre de la Bastille. 08/12/2021

 

"In Rambuku we are once again happily confused, once again pleasantly surprised by the skilful way they manage a style of writing that is as unmanageable, complex, repetitive and punctuated with silences as that of Jon Fosse, and at the clarity and lucidity they bring to it so naturally and simply."

"In short, it is a strange and paradoxical hybrid form which acknowledges the theatricality by removing it, so as to extract the uncompromising theatrical power from Jon Fosse’s text. And it has to be said: this works brilliantly. [...] We await the next production with great interest, impatience even. They don’t appear to be done with Jon Fosse yet. And neither are we."

Un Fauteuil Pour l'Orchestre - Le site de critiques théâtrales parisien, Denis Sanglard. Rambuku, texte de Jon Fosse, de et avec Kayije Kagame, Damiaan De Schrijver, Matthias De Koning, au Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne à Paris. 08/12/2021

 

"The enigmatic Rambuku by the Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse comes into its own in this imaginative staging by Kayije Kagame, Damiaan De Schrijver and Matthias de Koning."

"Jon Fosse says that he “doesn’t write because of a particular subject, but according to a piece of music”. He adds that for him “writing is a journey into the unknown”. And this imaginative and sensitive play invites us to go on one such journey, in which the three actors reveal a hidden dimension with sensibility and a touch of subtle humour."

Transfuge, Hugues Le Tanneur. Traduit du silence. 28/12/2021

 

"She [Kayije Kagame] lights up the evening with her gentle presence, her simple, caressing speech, her impulsive toing and froing between the two huge actors around her."

Blogs.Mediapart. En haut le tg STAN, en bas Nicolas Bouchaud, deux habitués occupent la Bastille. 03/01/2022

 

"Once again Tg Stan has found a way of leaving the mystery of the text intact and yet making it grippingly tangible."

Pzazz.theater, Pieter T'Jonck. Ongevraagd geluk. 20/12/2021

text Jon Fosse
by and with Kayije Kagame, Damiaan De Schrijver and Matthias de Koning
costumes Elisabeth Michiels
technique Tim Wouters and Steven Brys 
production STAN and Maatschappij Discordia
coproduction Théâtre Garonne and Théâtre La Mouche
premiere 6th of December 2021, Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris, FR