Like in his last creations, Arslan chooses to work with an empty space in which performers and audience co-exist together. In the vacuum of KVS BOX, Gilgamesh is brought to life night after night.
Run time 90 minutes
Dutch opening night Mon May 1
In this collection of heroic stories, Gilgamesh, the fifth king of Uruk, who is often accompanied by his friend Enkidu, experiences mythological adventures. He goes in search of eternal life or fights battles with supernatural creatures sent to Uruk by the gods. But he also faces existential questions concerning, among other things, his awareness of mortality.
The Gilgamesh epic is one of the oldest examples of literature in human history. The stories were passed down orally for centuries and later frequently written down in cuneiform script. The definitive version is thought to date from the twelfth century BC, but older fragments date back to the third millennium BC.
Together with Mesut Alp, archaeologist and expert on Mesopotamia, Mesut Arslan rewrites the epic and excavates a number of contemporary core themes from it. Arslan and Alp treat the encounter between Enkidu and Gilgamesh as one that pits nature against civilisation, Homo Sapiens against Neanderthals, and time against space.
text & concept Mesut Alp & Mesut Arslan
director Mesut Arslan
dramaturgy Ata Ünal
play Daphne Agten, Layla Önlen
scenography Stan Wannet
artistic advice Charlotte Bouckaert, Hüseyin Umaysiz
costumes concept & design Elif Korkmaz, Kultuurfabriek 'Art of Beauty'
translation text Öznur Cesur-|-
text editor Jeff De Maeyer
translation text Arabic Hussein Al Khalidi
outside eye Işil Derya Biçakçi
research Zeynep Avci
production manager Robin Appels, Valerie De Visscher
production KVS, Platform 0090
coproduction c-Takt, Het Laatste Bedrijf
thanks to Dommelhof/Neerpelt
with the support of The Flemish Community, Tax Shelter Measure Of The Belgian Federal Government, & Gallop Tax Shelter