Boulevard seeks collaborations with theatre makers and festivals both at home and abroad. The result can be a one-night stand, but most often the commitment is long-term. One that gives birth to a beautiful creature called Coproduction.
VERBODEN GEBIED: VROUW IN NIEMANDSLAND | JOHAN SIMONS, ELSIE DE BRAUW, ERWIN MORTIER
A mesmerising ode to women
Proud as new parents, Theaterfestival Boulevard presents the gripping monologue Verboden Gebied: Vrouw in Niemandsland in the intimidate setting of Theater De Speeldoos in Vught. For four festival nights, Elsie de Brauw holds a polyphonic soliloquy about women during the Great War. Her performance proves the actress is in a league of her own. The text, which was written by the Flemish author Erwin Mortier, gets under the skin. Johan Simons’ direction has led to a piercing play that hasn’t gone unnoticed:
De Volkskrant [****]: “It is equally disturbing and brilliant, this two-part play on women, war and the way the theatre should deal with these.”
Theaterkrant [****]: “An impressive, poignantly rendered gamut of voices offering a carrousel of new perspectives.”
NRC [****]: A chilling monologue.”
A happy incidental circumstance of many of our co-productions is the opportunity to let them tour. It means many more people can enjoy them. The same goes for Verboden Gebied: Vrouw in Niemandsland. In autumn 2018 the show came to a few lucky theatres in Belgium and the Netherlands, a modest tour as part of the centennial of the end of World War I. A reprise for season 2019, which Boulevard will book and support, has already been agreed upon.
A first glance at (co)productions in 2020
Danse Mutante by Mélanie Demers/MayDay
My shadow used to have a density by Francesca Lazzeri
Coproductions in 2019