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Gardenia - 10 ans après

Frank Van Laecke (Belgium), Alain Platel (Belgium), Steven Prengels (Belgium), NTGent (Belgium) & Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium)

Minimum age 16+
100 minutes

June 25th 2010 – the curtain opens at the city theatre NTGent and Gardenia has its premiere. Inspired by the penetrating film Yo soy así (by Sonia Herman Dolz) in which the closure of a travesty cabaret in Barcelona is the steppingstone to peep into the private lives of a memorable group of old artists, directors Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel and composer Steven Prengels signed in for a project that was unique in every respect.

Gardenia, a co-production of les ballets C de la B and NTGent, descends into the turbulent lives of nine remarkable people. Gardenia is no fiction. It is an exceptional testimony, a most intimate narrative about hope and cherished or lost illusions. Seven older personages that walk the twilight zone between being a man and being a woman seemingly effortlessly. In contrast and harmony with a 'young guy' and a 'real woman'. Each of them on a quest. Each of them with an intriguing story.

The world embraced the production and for two years Gardenia played more than 200 performances with stops in a.o Avignon, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Antwerp, London, Amsterdam, Belgrado, Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Quebec and Montréal, Adelaide, Taipei and a Russian tour. In 2012 Gardenia was nominated for the prestigious British Olivier Award. Afterwards the life of the cast was brilliantly portrayed in the documentary Before the last curtain falls, which in its turn was showered with prizes at international film festivals.

Ten years later the cast gathers again. Yet not completely. Andrea left us for good. And with her Tina Turner disappeared. Eight of them go on. Eight individuals who are so special that you want to get to know them. That you want to embrace them.  

“It's a privilege to spend time with this brave and unusual cast of performers” (Luke Jennings, The Guardian about Gardenia)

Aftertalk 26.11 at 22:00 (FR) 

Programmation outside the walls of La rose des vents in Tourcoing

Directors Frank Van Laecke, Alain Platel / Music Steven Prengels / Based on a concept of Vanessa Van Durme / Created and performed by Vanessa Van Durme, Griet Debacker, Andrea De Laet (†), Richard ‘Tootsie’ Dierick, Danilo Povolo, Gerrit Becker, Hendrik Lebon, Dirk Van Vaerenbergh, Rudy Suwyns / Set design Paul Gallis / Costume design Marie ‘costume’ Lauwers, Dorine Demuynck, Lutje Tamsin / Light Kurt Lefevre (design), Jan Mergaert, Bennert Van Cottem / Sound Sam Serruys (design), Brecht Beuselinck, Jo Thielemans / Stage manager Wim Piqueur, Luc Laroy / Costumes realized by atelier NTGent led by An De Mol / Coiffures Claudine Grinwis Plaat Stultjes, Dian Vandecruys / Set realized by decoratelier NTGent / Photography Luk Monsaert / Production manager Valerie Desmet / Tour manager Katrien Van Gysegem / Set transport Maurice Van de Velde / Trainee Jesse Vandamme / Production NTGent & les ballets C de la B / Coproduction Le Volcan Scène nationale du Havre Original coproducers (2010) NTGent, La rose des vents (Villeneuve d’Ascq), TorinoDanza, Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Tanz im August (Berlin), Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Brighton festival, Centro Cultural Vila Flor Guimarães, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Festival d’Avignon / With thanks to Yan Tax, Kryolan / Supported by the Flemish authorities, City of Ghent, Belgian Tax Shelter.