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[meeuw]

Toneelhuis, Olympique Dramatique, theater arsenaal

“What we need are new artistic forms. And if we don’t get new forms, then we would be better off with nothing at all. ” – Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev, in Chekhov’s The Seagull
Olympique Dramatique’s production [meeuw] is the first time that a repertory play has been translated and performed in its entirety in Flemish Sign Language by a mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors. 

The starting point is De Meeuw (The Seagull) by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest and tenderest plays in the world repertoire: a classic from 1896 about young people wanting to explore new ideas and an older generation that feels threatened by this. A narrative about the longing for the past and the longing for a free life, told from the perspective of three different generations. Love and desire as the devastating driving force during a family reunion. A comedy in four acts, as the Russian playwright himself called it. 

 [meeuw] above all aims at being an encounter with the Flemish deaf community, a collaboration of artists with different backgrounds: professional actors and amateur performers whose mother tongue is Flemish Sign Language. A theatrical encounter between artists from the same community, living close together and yet separated by a language barrier.

“I’ve gone past your house so many times, but I couldn’t bring myself to come in. Come, let’s sit down.” – Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya 

after

  • De Meeuw van Tsjechov

director

  • Stijn Van Opstal

adaptation

  • Stijn Van Opstal
  • Scarlet Tummers
  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Francis Geeraert

translation into Flemish Sign Language

  • Diane Boonen
  • Sam Verstraete
  • Hilde Verhelst
  • e.a.

performance

  • Yousra Boukantar
  • Sofie Decleir
  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Lobke Leirens
  • Lut Reysen
  • Willy Thomas
  • Serge Vlerick
  • e.a.

dramaturgy

  • Scarlet Tummers

set

  • Damiaan De Schrijver
  • Stijn Van Opstal

light design

  • Frank Hardy

costume design

  • Monique Van Hassel

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • Olympique Dramatique

coproduction

  • theater arsenaal

with the support of

  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische federale overheid via LOOK@LEO
  • Nationale Loterij
  • Silence Radio
  • KU Leuven (Toegepaste Taalkunde)
  • Literatuur Vlaanderen

All data

  1. Thursday 23 May 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  2. Tuesday 13 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  3. Wednesday 14 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  4. Friday 16 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 21 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  6. Thursday 22 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  7. Friday 23 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  8. Wednesday 28 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  9. Thursday 29 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  10. Friday 30 August 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  11. Wednesday 4 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  12. Thursday 5 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  13. Friday 6 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  14. Wednesday 11 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  15. Thursday 12 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  16. Friday 13 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  17. Wednesday 18 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  18. Thursday 19 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  19. Friday 20 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  20. Wednesday 25 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  21. Thursday 26 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  22. Friday 27 September 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  23. Wednesday 2 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  24. Thursday 3 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  25. Friday 4 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  26. Wednesday 9 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  27. Thursday 10 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  28. Friday 11 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  29. Monday 14 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  30. Tuesday 15 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  31. Wednesday 16 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  32. Thursday 17 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  33. Friday 18 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  34. Monday 21 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  35. Tuesday 22 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  36. Wednesday 23 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  37. Thursday 24 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  38. Friday 25 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  39. Monday 28 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  40. Tuesday 29 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  41. Wednesday 30 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  42. Thursday 31 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  43. Thursday 31 October 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  44. Friday 1 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  45. Friday 1 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  46. Monday 4 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  47. Tuesday 5 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  48. Wednesday 6 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  49. Thursday 7 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  50. Friday 8 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  51. Saturday 9 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  52. Monday 11 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  53. Tuesday 12 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  54. Wednesday 13 November 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  55. Thursday 14 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  56. Saturday 16 November 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  57. Saturday 16 November 2024 — 22h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen