Jan Steen directs two versions of what he calls "one of the most powerful drama texts of the last fifteen years." The text is a stirring and sizzling stream of consciousness that doesn't only express the pain and fear to live, but also sings about the love to live and about wanting to live for the sake of love. Sarah Kane wrote 4.48 Psychosis in 1999, a year before her own suicide. Two actors confront this poignant text apart from each other. The way they will meet, both from their 'otherness', the text will determine how 'different' the two versions will be. The public sees the two identical and yet very different parts in one night. The play is performed in English, in Kane's original version.
This performance is the last part of L'être et le jouant - Zijn in het spelen, the research of Jan Steen which is supported by the Research Fund of University College Ghent. Herein Jan Steen argues that the presence of a specific actor all determines the specific nature of a performance.
In parallel with the show there will be an exhibition at the Zwarte Zaal of the KASK with images by photographer Kurt Van der Elst and filmmaker Peter Dumoulin who followed the entire project. The exhibition runs from 19 September till 5 October.
Performance dates: 5, 6, 19, 20 september, 20:00
- Walpoortstraat 15, 9000 Gent, from € 12.5 euro, reservations through ntgent.be