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AURELIE DI MARINO If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them


AURELIE DI MARINO If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them

SA 10.03.2018 20:00 premiere
SU 11.03.2018 17:00

Five actors attempt to translate the view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms.

Aurelie Di Marino invites Ahilan Ratnamohan, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Nona Buhrs, Farbod Fathinejadfard and Kaat Arnaert to put ‘If there weren’t any blacks you should have to invent them’ on stage, a 1968 filmscript written by Johnny Speight. By staging this seemingly outdated movie, they question an important paradox of society today: the conscious complicity of the members of society to systemic violence which is openly ignored and displaced and which creates a lingering subconscious feeling of guilt at an individual level. 'If there weren't any blacks you'd have to invent them' plays with the paradox between the acknowledgement of the injustice of the dominant white male powerstructures and the fact that one uses those same powerstructures to consolidate their personal position. Everybody puts on his costume and plays his role. Is there still a human heart beating behind the costume?
rue du Fort 35, 1060 St Gilles

Based on the screenplay 'If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them’ by Johnny Speight
By and with: Aurelie Di Marino, Farbod Fathinejadfard, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Nona Buhrs, Kaat Arnaert
Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi
Technical support: Gregor Van Mulders, Delphine Dupont
Decor: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier & Tim Vanhentenryk
Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Coproduction: d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, Beursschouwburg, De Grote Post,  C-TAKT
Supported by Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Het Bos, Kunstencentrum BUDA
Thanks to: Btissame Bourrich, Merel Van de Gehuchte, Elsemieke Scholte, Karlien Vanhoonacker, Johan Dehollander, Delphine Coërs

Image: Wannes Cré