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“I'm not in his head, nowhere in his old body, and yet I'm there, for him I'm there, with him, hence all the confusion. That should have been enough for him, to have found me absent, but it's not, he wants me there, with a form and a world, like him, in spite of him, me who am everything, like him who is nothing.”

(Samuel Beckett, Texts for Nothing # 4)

In Raphaël, two bodies meet. One is active, the other seemingly dead. Together, they dance a forced duet. A shaky dance in which one tries to manipulates the other into an ideal sparring partner, a dummy, or a dead thing. Along the way they explore the elusive boundaries between intimacy and perversity. Raphaël is both a quest for subtle nuances in what appears to be a clear divide and a portrait of the mutual longing that binds us.

Created by: Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens
Performed by: Raphaël Billet, Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturgic advice: Dries Douibi
Artistic advice: Tuur van Baelen, Jan Steen
Choreographic advice: Femke Gyselinck, Lili M. Rampre, Anneleen Keppens, Esse Vanderbruggen
Light design: Bert Van Dijck
Staging: Rinus Samyn
Costumes: Anne Vereecke
Photos: Stine Sampers
Graphic design: Ferre S. Marnef

Coproductions: kc nOna (Mechelen, BE), PERPLX vzw (Marke, BE), Theater aan zee (Oostende, BE), Les Subsistances (Lyon, FR), La Brèche Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie (Cherbourg, FR), Malpertuis (Tielt, BE)

Residencies: STUK (Leuven, BE), kc nOna (Mechelen, BE), Campo (Gent, BE), Pianofabriek (Brussels, BE), Theater Malpertuis (Tielt, BE), De Grote Post (Oostende, BE), Circuscentrum (Gent, BE), La Brèche Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie (Cherbourg, FR), Subsistances (Lyon, FR)

With the support of: Province of West-Vlaanderen, the Flemish Government and the City of Roeselare
Thanks to: KASK School of Arts (Ghent, BE) and tg Stan

Production: NOT STANDING vzw - Beversesteenweg 78, 8800 Roeselare (BE)

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