On 11 November, one hundred years after the end of the First World War, Ons Erfdeel vzw will present a multilingual and multimedia performance on this world conflict in Brussels. The evocation 'Memory, Let All Slip' with poetry, prose, image fragments and music, made during 1914-1918 or after, describes the impact of the Great War that began the twentieth century and that still casts its shadow today. You can go for free to this performance.
In 1914 the young men of the European nations marched to war in a state of euphoria – a war that no-one and everyone had wanted. Disillusionment and despair soon followed in the mud of the trenches. And yet that bitter cup of duty and fatalism was drained to the very last drop.
When the smoke cleared, and the guns fell quiet, Europe had lost its illusions; Dada crept out from the trenches; and the construction of war graves, monuments and memories was begun.
Now that we see the very last eyewitnesses disappear, we want to come to terms with this Great War before it becomes a definitive part of past history. We can no longer talk to those who fought in the trenches of the First World War, but we can still speak their languages.
Unique about this performance, which can be followed on screens in three languages (Dutch/French/English), is that all languages of the conflict resound: English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch.
With this multilingualism Ons Erfdeel vzw emphasizes that the Great War was an international war. The polyphony and the multitude of perspectives deconstruct the national memories.
Seven young actors perform the texts. They represent the seven languages, seven soldiers, seven nations or armies. There are two masters of ceremonies who tell the story of the war in Dutch and French. What preceded the war? What followed? There is also a young doom-lover, a cross between a rat-catcher, a jester and Puck from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night, who appears and disappears.
MEMORY LET ALL SLIP - TALES OF THE GREAT WAR
Sunday 11 November 2018 at 8 pm in Zaal M at Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels.
You can go to this performance for free by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept: Luc Devoldere (Ons Erfdeel vzw)
Directed by Luc Vandermaelen and Luc Devoldere
Video: Klaas Verpoest
With the cooperation of: Tunde Adefioye, Polina Akhmetzyanova, Isabelle Barth, Charlotte Van den Broeck, Edoardo Ripani, Elisabeth Salverda, Melike Tarhan, Luc Vandermaelen, Mélina Van Hoof, Anke Verschueren.
With texts by, among others, E.M. Remarque, L.F. Céline, Marguerite Yourcenar, W.H. Auden, Ernst Jünger, Wilfred Owen, Hugo Claus, Ivor Gurney, Vladimir Mayakovski, Giuseppe Ungaretti, W.B. Yeats, Tristan Tzara, Herman De Coninck, M.C. Kuntay, Benno Barnard, Siegfried Sassoon, Harold Pinter, Suheir Hammad.
An organisation of Ons Erfdeel vzw in partnership with the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles and with Bozar. With the support of the Flemish Representation in Paris and the King Baudouin Foundation.