The Channel / Crossing Borders

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. On the English side, on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, a woman bids life goodbye.

The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by a recently recovered Shakespeare-text, in which the sheriff of London tries to calm a mob of citizens who want to lynch a group of migrants. The scene shows scary resemblances to the current refugee crisis. Migration is a phenomenon of all times, and so is our primary reaction to it. Each organism repels what is foreign to it: the strangers have to go.

Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. The soprano is also the intermediary between past and present, audience and play. Via other spoken Shakespeare fragments she sets the story in a different perspective, turning the personal stories into a sharp reflection of society, both in the 16th century and today – because the similarities are, alas, striking. 

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Produced by Antwerp Queer Arts Festival in coproduction with Muziektheater Transparant, Het Geluid Maastricht and Opera Days Rotterdam.

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Theater aan Zee (Oostende)
+32 59 33 90 00
www.theateraanzee.be
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3/8/2017
4/8/2017
5/8/2017
20:30
20:30
20:30
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival (Antwerp)
www.queerarts.be
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11/8/2017
20:00
Theater aan het Vrijthof (Maastricht)
+31 43 350 55 20
www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl
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1/10/2017
15:30
NTGent (Gent)
+32 9 225 12 02
www.ntgent.be
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6/2/2018
7/2/2018
20:00
20:00
Xaveriuscollege Antwerpen (Borgerhout)
03 235 88 32
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26/2/2018
27/2/2018
13:30
13:30
CC Ter Dilft Bornem (Bornem)
+32 3 890 69 30
www.terdilft.be
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27/4/2018
20:30

Composition: Annelies Van ParysText: Gaea SchoetersDirection: Gable RoelofsenRomy RoelofsenScenography: Anneleen De CausmaeckerLighting Design: Peter QuastersActors: Katelijne VerbekeAdams MensahVocalist: Naomi BeeldensLute: Maarten Vandenbemden