Cliënt E. Busken
Mon 14 Feb ’2220:00 - 21:30Philipszaal
Tue 15 Feb ’2220:00 - 21:30Philipszaal
The script for Cliënt E. Busken, a monologue performed by Gijs Scholten van Aschat, is based on the latest novel by Jeroen Brouwers for which he won the Libris Literature Prize 2021.
Against his will, E. Busken stays in the closed ward of an institution for the very elderly. He feels treated like a toddler and refuses to speak. He surrenders to a flood of memories and observations of his inmates and the nursing staff. Is he raving mad, or is he – as he claims – still in his right mind? Does he reminisce about real memories, or does he fantasize about a richly filled life?
Ivo van Hove: 'Sometimes projects are too good to be delayed. When Gijs came up with this very personal novel by one of the grand masters of the contemporary novel, I didn't hesitate for a moment. We must do this and as soon as possible. We get a glimpse of what it is like to be old in our time. Gijs then edited the novel. And it became even more beautiful when Maria was prepared to make her debut as a director with this performance'.
Maria Kraakman (director debut at ITA): 'It is a fate that awaits many of us: we grow old, we deteriorate, we become isolated and at the mercy of strangers, and we wait for the end… Thank God we have Jeroen Brouwers! He creates a festive and razor-sharp language monument that keeps even death at bay, comforts us and makes us laugh, and shows that we are truly free in our thoughts. I am very happy that we can give shape to this mental universe of Cliënt E. Busken.'
Gijs Scholten van Aschat: 'When I read this book, I immediately saw a performance in it. The main character E. Busken can no longer do anything, everything has been taken from him, he has only his thoughts, which he shares with us. He is in the last phase of his life, where reality, dream and memory can no longer be distinguished from each other. We get caught up in this edifice of language. Because Jeroen Brouwers, to quote E. Busken 'has an almost religious sense of language with a variety of words like a flower garden', I longed for music when editing the book. To escape the language for a while. But also to get closer to him through the music from the youth of the protagonist. In this performance, I hope to combine my two great loves in my profession. Language and Music. For the head and the heart.'
Cast Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Jip van den Dool Based on the book by Jeroen Brouwers Directed by Maria Kraakman Adaptation Gijs Scholten van Aschat Scenography Bart Van Merode Costumes Rebekka Wörmann Music Jip van den Dool