Doctor: 'I saw you Woyzeck! Pissing in the streets, against the wall. Like a dog!'
Woyzeck: 'But, doctor, when nature calls!'
A classic! Based on a article in a 19th century newspaper. A very thin story indeed of a simple soldier, humiliated and abused bij the people around hin. And who, in the end, kills his adulterous wife. Why do we choose a play like that? Because Theater Stap always interprets a play rigourously idiosyncratically. Because the disabled actors certainly enhance this particular subject. Because here the unrefined and the poetical meet.
When we make abstraction of the enormous banality of the facts in 'Woyzeck', we fall into an abyss. Wat is striking in Büchner's fragmentary original is the constant presence of music. Far from demystifying 'Woyzeck' into a rather banal case-study, director Marc Bryssinck aims at making this abstract musical language audible.
Thus we hear a melancholic captain, playing the bluesharp, a vulgar sergeant, getting excited over his drum, Marie, torn down bij extatic go-go girls and a techno-cover of 'I love a man in uniform'.
And Woyzeck, surrounded by instruments as old as the world, weaving a mystical aura around the deceptively simple soldier.
Wat are they thinking! Are those actors now going to make music as well?!
Certainly, Theater Stap takes part in the wave of recent musical theatrical performances.
Flirting with what's fashionable?
No, Büchner himself puts us on these musical rails. And Stap has never been afraid of a new challenge. This is going to be a particular difficult and exciting one.
"Woyzeck" played for the first time in March 2001. We played 14 times in Flanders and the last time in Den Haag.
Author : Büchner
Director : Marc Bryssinck
Lighting : Harry Cole
Costumes : Anne Marthe Zomer
Scenography : Johan Daenen
Photography : Koen Broos
Luc Loots: Woyzeck
Kathleen Frison: Marie
Jan Goris: Tamboer-majoor
Gert Wellens: dokter/tamboer
Els van Gils: Andres
Nadine Van Miert: Medium/waterpercussie
Nancy Schellekens (percussie)
Cathérine Springuel (keyboard - verpleegster)
Rik van Raak (krachtpatser)
Kristien Van Roy (slangemens)
Martine Derey (bruiteur)
Agnes Fleerackers (dame met de hond)
Ann Dockx (equilibrist)
Kris Hufkens (tamboer - dokter grijzenbaard)
Erna Roef (slangemens)
Marc Wagemans (tamboer - harmonica)
Heidi Hendricks (buurvrouw - percussie)