Vake Poes; of hoe God verdween

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Vake Poes; of hoe God verdween

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Vake Poes; of hoe God verdween

Lisaboa Houbrechts


Director Lisaboa Houbrechts creates musical theatre about the childhood of several generations, using Bach's St John Passion as a guideline.

Vake Poes; of hoe God verdween is the first part of a fictional family epic that spans three generations. Written and staged by Lisaboa Houbrechts. She investigates how the small and the big, the intimate and the political and the present and the past are intertwined. The central character is a twelve-year-old girl, the Kleindochter Aller Kleindochters (Granddaughter of all Granddaughters), who stands at the end of history and delves into the hidden traumas of the past. In Vake Poes; of hoe God verdween, text and music are intensely interwoven with each other. We get to know Granddaughter's paternal grandfather. We relive his traumatic childhood and the loss of his faith, in a performance in which players, singers and musicians of all ages come together and in which fragments from J.S. Bach's St. John Passion play a dramatically surprising role.

ca. 1 hour and 45 minutes

This performance covers the topic of sexual abuse, among other things. Do you have questions about this afterwards? Then call 1712 and talk about it in confidence.

Production: laGeste (les ballets C de la B + kabinet k)

Coproduction: Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (BE), Toneelhuis (BE), Le Phénix Scène nationale de Valenciennes (FR), MC 93 (FR), Opéra de Lille (FR), Holland Festival (NL)

Thanks to De School van Gaasbeek

With the support of the City of Ghent, the Flemish Government, the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government through Flanders Tax Shelter

The creators

  • Lisaboa Houbrechts

    Text, and directing

  • Johann Sebastian Bach


  • Pedro Beriso

    Musical direction and arrangements

  • Philippe Thuriot


  • Bert & Stijn Cools

    Music score

  • Filip Peeters

    Scenography and puppets

  • Oumar Dicko

    Costume design

  • Fabiana Piccioli

    Lighting design


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