In hefty plays including The Goldberg Chronicles (2014) and The Winter's Tale (2016), the company took a fresh, bold approach in exploring the interplay between drama, visual art, choreography, costumes, performance and music.
1095 takes us back to the eleventh century. Benny, a young Benedictine monk, flees the Abbey of Ghent and travels through Europe in exile. In the southern French town of Clermont in that same year, 1095, Pope Urban II gives a notorious sermon in which he exhorts the populace to rid the holy city of Jerusalem of the enemies of every Christian: Muslims. Here, the summons to the Crusades is launched.
1095 is a story about the mystery surrounding the spirit of an age, about moderation and extremism. It is a physical production that focuses on brute control. Lisaboa Houbrechts aims to reduce human interactions to their essence, and to make pure, raw emotions tangible. The result is an unsettling journey from Flanders to the Loire Valley region then via Barcelona to the destroyed caliphate of Cordoba. 1095 is not a realistic play. It examines the relation to reality. It is about alienation and the appropriation of history. Is there such thing as a historical performance? What are the machinations of a body that has survived throughout the centuries?
(b. 1992) obtained her Master’s in Drama at the School of Arts Ghent | KASK Ghent in 2016. She writes and directs. Together with Victor Lauwers, Romy Louise Lauwers and Oscar van der Put, she founded the theatre company Kuiperskaai, the artistic base of operations for a whole range of projects. Characteristic features of her productions are a large cast, vibrant interaction between visuals and literary scripts, and an intelligent cross-fertilisation of disciplines, including performance, music, choreography, literature and visual art. Her productions are often baroque and brazen, but also playful and disarming. Recently she made a big splash with her sparkling adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale (The Winter’s Tale, 2016). The press described The Goldberg Chronicles (2014) as ‘an immense clash of energies…the language is the colour, the acting is the image, the music is the paint’.
He lives in Brussels. In 2012 he co-founded Kuiperskaai. His work as a writer is closely bound up with the company’s stage work and exhibitions. 1095 is his first script for the stage.
is an artists’ collective of performers, musicians, visual artists and writers. Their theatre work directed by Lisaboa Houbrechts is best known for its adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale, which toured Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Kuiperskaai is now surrounded by a regular network of partners. Their productions are made in cooperation with CAMPO, Monty kultuurfaktorij, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Needcompany and Toneelhuis. Kuiperskaai’s forte is linking visual art with theatre and literature.
Kuiperskaai was founded by Lisaboa Houbrechts (1992), Romy Louise Lauwers (1994), Victor Lauwers (1991) and Oscar van der Put (1989) in 2012. The four members moved into a large open space on Kuiperskaai in Ghent, where they created and presented their first works. Kuiperskaai has since relocated to Molenbeek where they continue their work from The Mill.
Author: Victor Lauwers
Director: Lisaboa Houbrechts
With: Seppe Decubber, Lobke Leirens, Romy Louise Lauwers, Victor Lauwers, Maxime Rouquart
Assistant director: Pauwel Hertmans
Scenography: Oscar van der Put
Costumes: Sietske Van Aerde
Music: Maxime Rouquart
Cello recording: Simon Lenski
Lights: Ken Hioco
Technicians: Pauwel Hertmans, Oscar van der Put
Coproduction: Kultuurfaktorij Monty, Toneelhuis
Thanks to: Needcompany, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
With the support of: the Flemish Community / Społeczności Flamandzkiej