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BAM the Deer House Program Notes

BAM the Deer House Program Notes

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The Deer House
Jan Lauwers & Needcompany
BAM 2010 Next Wave Festival is part o 
Diverse Voices at BAM
sponsored by Time Warner Inc.Leadership support or the Next Wave Festival provided by The Ford Foundation.Generous support or 
The Deer House
 provided by the Consulate General o Belgium in New York.Major support or theater at BAM provided by The Shubert Foundation, Inc. and The SHS Foundation.
BAM Harvey TheaterOct 5, 7—9, 2010 at 7:30pmText, direction, and set design by
 Jan Lauwers
Music by
Hans Petter Dahl
and
Maarten Seghers
(except “Song or the Deer House” written by Jan Lauwers)With
Viviane De Muynck
,
Grace Ellen Barkey
,
Hans Petter Dahl
,
 Anneke Bonnema
,
Misha Downey
,
Maarten Seghers
,
Julien Faure
,
 Yumiko Funaya
,
Benoît Gob
,
Inge Van Bruystegem
,
Eléonore Valère
 (replacing Tijen Lawton)Choreography by
The Company
Costume design by
Lot Lemm
Lighting by
Ken Hioco
,
Koen Raes
Sound design by
Dré Schneider
Production manager
Luc Galle
Assistant to the director and surtitles
Elke Janssens
A production with the Salzburger Festspiele. Coproduced by SchauspielhausZurich, PACT Zollverein (Essen) with the collaboration o deSingel (Antwerp),Kaaitheater (Brussels). With the support o the Flemish authorities.Approximaterunning time:two hours, nointermission
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Alan H. Fishman, Chairman o the BoardWilliam I. Campbell, Vice Chairman o the BoardAdam E. Max, Vice Chairman o the BoardKaren Brooks Hopkins, PresidentJoseph V. Melillo, Executive Producerpresents
2010 Next Wave Festival
 
The Deer House
ADDITIONAL CREDITSTechnicians
Luc Galle
,
Ken Hioco
Assistant technicians
Elke Van Der Kelen
,
Lise Lendais
Costume assistant
Lieve Meeussen
,
Lise Lendais
Ears
Denise Castermans
Set construction
De Muur
,
Needcompany
Advice on deer
Dirk Claesen
(Zephyr)English translation
Gregory Ball
French translation
Olivier Taymans
English language coach
Louise Chamberlain
,
Helen McNamara
French language coach
Anny Czupper
Dramaturgical introduction
Erwin Jans
Photography
Maarten Vanden Abeele
   P   h  o   t  o  :   M  a  a  r   t  e  n   V  a  n   d  e  n   A   b  e  e   l  e
 
Notes
The Salzburger Festpiele invited Jan Lauwers tomake a new production,
The Deer House
, orsummer 2008. Together with
Isabella’s room
(2004) and
The Lobster Shop
(2006) this newproduction makes up a trilogy on humannature:
Sad Face | Happy Face
. The trilogy asa whole was perormed or the rst time at theSalzburger Festspiele.ON
THE DEER HOUSE
Art is actually all about man and human natureand all good art is a sel-portrait o the observer.“One sees what one has learnt.” In good theaterthings happen which cannot happen in video,lm or art. As a medium, theater has the mostdirect link with “human nature” since it is per-ormed by people and or people. It is essential toseek out this human nature so that theater canredene itsel in order to survive. This means it isnecessary to tell new stories.Each o the three parts o 
Sad Face | HappyFace
deals with a dierent way o telling a story.The rst part,
Isabella’s room
is a refection onthe past and is the most linear piece I have everwritten. I needed this linearity because theoccasion or this piece o writing was highlypersonal: the death o my ather.The second part,
The Lobster Shop
, is aboutthe uture and its structure is that o a dreamor nightmare, whichever you wish. In a dream,time, space and place are interchangeable, andin art the beginning is not necessarily the begin-ning and an end is by no means sel-evident.The third part,
The Deer House
, is the present.One can conceive o the present in two ways(here we touch on the essence o theatre): thepresent o the world around us, by which I meanthe world in its broad political and historicalsignicance, and the present o the world weperceive when we look at someone who is doingsomething and knows he is being watched. Themedium o theater and the reality o the actorsat the moment it occurs. Good theater alwaysexamines the reality o the medium itsel.I was prompted to write
The Deer House
by thesometimes tragic peripheral events that takeplace within the close circle o Needcompany.While we were on tour somewhere in France,one o our dancers, Tijen Lawton, received thenews that her brother, the journalist Kerem Law-ton, had been shot dead in Kosovo. His tragicdeath provided the starting point or a play abouta group o theatermakers who are increasinglyaced with the harsh reality o the world theytravel around in. Everything is politics, but artisn’t everything. Art always gets caught betweenthe pages o history: it is utile and has no infu-ence on any events at all, which is where themysterious necessity or it lies.
 Jan Lauwers
 
Photo: Maarten Vanden Abeele

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