Nobel prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek wrote Die Schutzbefohlenen in 2013 as a reaction to the ever more harrowing refugee problem in Europe. Two years before the refugee crisis broke out in earnest, she wrote this play, which she continues to fill out and update with commentaries on her personal website. For Jelinek, the refugee is the perfect figure for examining the situation that Europe is in today and discussing standards and values, the place of religion, and the responsibility of politics.
Guy Cassiers sets to work on Jelinek’s indictment with four actors and with dance students from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp in a choreography by Maud Le Pladec.
Frederik Jassogne (Hangaar) created the videodesign for this piece.
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