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Billy's Violence / Billy's Joy (Double bill)


Teatre Lliure Montjuïc - Sala Fabià Puigserver   30/06

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One show, which premièred at the Grec in 2021, explored the passions and more violent side of Shakespeare’s plays, while a more recent second show examined his comedies. Now they are both being performed together.

Many of the pieces that Shakespeare wrote are extraordinarily brutal. The Belgian director Jan Lauwers, one of the prominent names in European theatre today, has already staged many Shakespeare plays. This makes him a good guide on the journey through the darkest corners of Shakespeare’s work that his son, the poet Victor Afung Lauwers, proposes in Billy’s Violence. Is Shakespeare a kind of late-16th and early-17th-century Tarantino? We will find our answer from the members of Needcompany, the multidisciplinary, multicultural and innovative theatre company set up in 1986, along with their local accomplices Nao Albet, Gonzalo Cunill and Juan Navarro. 

They are in the cast of Billy’s Joy, a comedy inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream but set in a place where nothing is what it seems. The text is very relevant today, parodying or reflecting Shakespearean characters that speak directly to younger audiences, Gen-Zers or Millennials, who are trying to carve out their own space in a Boomer world.

Billy’s Violence will also be performed separately on 28 June and Billy’s Joy on 29 June

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Billy’s Violence
A Needcompany production. Co-produced by the Grec 2021 Festival de Barcelona, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatro Español, Naves del Español en Matadero, Teatro Central (Seville) and Les Salins - Scène Nationale de Martigues and Cultuurcentrum Bruges. Financed thanks to the Tax Shelter BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance NV/SA. With the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government and the government of Flanders. Suitable for people over the age of 16. Text: Victor Lauwers. Music: Maarten Seghers. Direction, set design and costumes: Jan Lauwers. Performed by: Nao Albet, Grace Ellen Barkey, Gonzalo Cunill, Martha Gardner, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen. Dramaturgy: Elke Janssens, Ewin Jans. Lighting: Ken Hioco. Technical and production team: Marjolein Demey, Ken Hioco, Tijs Michiels. Assistant costume and prop designer: Nina López Le Galliard

Billy’s Joy 
A Needcompany production.Co-produced by: Impulstanz (Vienna), Perpodium (Antwerp), Le Quartz (Brest), The Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk), Teatro Central (Seville), Teatro Espanol and Naves del Español en Matadero (Madrid), Cc Brugge (Bruges). With the support of the Flemish government and the Belgian federal government’s Tax Shelter via Cronos Invest. Text: Victor Afung Lauwers. Music: Maarten Seghers. Created by: Jan Lauwers, Grace Ellen Barkey, Emily Hehl, Nao Albet, Gonzalo Cunill, Romy Louise Lauwers, Juan Navarro, Maarten Seghers, Meron Verbelen, Martha Gardner, Elke Janssens. Music: Maarten Seghers. Production: Koen De Saeger, Raphael Noel, Jérémy Michel, Ditten Lerooij, Sharlotta Seeligmüller, Leander Schönweger. Needcompany office: Pieter D’hooghe, Rune Floryn, Vibe Stalpaert. Photographs by: Wonge Bergmann

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Dates and schedules Sunday 30/6 - 18:00 H

Space Teatre Lliure Montjuïc

Duration 210 min

Language Show in English, Spanish and Dutch, with Catalan surtitles

Price 30 €

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