POLITIK IM FREIEN THEATER: PARADISE NOW (1968 – 2018) - English
in English with German and English surtitles
It’s been exactly fifty years since the protests of Protected content place. The Brussels-based choreographer Michiel Vandevelde asks what remains of that era’s euphoric mood, what successes can be chalked up, and where we need to admit defeat. Together with thirteen young people from the well-known Belgian theatre group fABULEUS, he takes “Paradise Now” by The Living Theatre as the starting point for his investigation.
“Paradise Now”, first performed in Avignon in Protected content , represents the spirit of ’68 arguably more than any other performance, and the belief that society can be conquered by the “Trojan horse” of art. Perhaps as a logical consequence, the group broke up after this production because of diverging political beliefs and ways of life.
„Paradise Now Protected content Protected content is Michiel Vandevelde’s analysis of the historical model, which spans the years from earlier times to our present day: a time lapse of iconic pictures that have burned into our collective memory within the last 50 years is being invoked. What undermined the dreams from that time? Are those old demands still relevant or do they have to be reformulated? What prospects are there for us today?
Michiel Vandevelde is convinced that the struggles and political positions of Protected content still valid nowadays, and that hope is the only missing element, i.e. our ability to visualise the future, or our “ futurability” as Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi calls it. So, according to its subheading “An Appointment with Time”, the show aims to take stock of the present.
The jury was impressed by the way in which young people describe their lives, their desperation and their hopes for the future in an honest, straightforward way, free of stereotypes. The reason “Paradise Now Protected content Protected content was chosen to kick off the festival is for its fundamental approach to the viability of political action – and thus political theatre – today.
(I checked and there are still some tickets available, will buy a ticket at the box office)
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