KVS, Brussels

Posted on March 30, 2013



Once again I attended a highly well produced and provocative theatre presentation at the KVS in Brussels. KVS is the national theatre for the Flemish community and it regularly presents all the “big names” of the scene. I have enjoyed Ultima Vez, Peeping Tom, TG Stan and works by a large number of prominent directors and independent companies here. Revisiting productions from the rich history of the house has brought several recent hits back to life and enabled me to do some catching up on artists and works that have a high reputation in Belgium. I really enjoyed The Life and Works of Leopold II, a text by Hugo Claus, directed by Raven Ruëll and performed by a stunning cast of virtuosic comic actors. This satirical approach to Belgian colonial history sat somewhere between vaudeville, videohits and dark, political commentary and was packed out even in a matinee at the end of the run. KVS is a very impressive institution, with wide-ranging outreach projects, such as Tok Tock Knock and extensive work in the Congo and the Middle East and I will always keep a weather eye on its program, even from afar.