Whoever reads, knows that a book can change us. What you read translates to the language of your own life. A book such as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina could well be the collection of all the lives that have changed been slightly or radically changed by it. Director Tiago Rodrigues: “We chose Anna Karenina, not to tell the story, but to show that reading a text can turn a whole life around and can incite you to radical ideas.”
Duration: 2h, no intermission
Language: Dutch, French and Portugese
Surtitles in Dutch and English
The way she dies is based on Anna Karenina, but is not an ordinary theatre adaptation of the book. The way she dies examines how the novel influences the lives of two couples living in Lisbon and Antwerp respectively, on two separate occasions.
The way she dies brings Belgian and Portuguese actors together in the first piece that Tiago Rodrigues, artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon, wrote for tg STAN.
“If it is true that, like Umberto Eco says, translators are those who devote themselves to the art of failure, aren’t actors the twin brothers of translators? Doesn’t theatre face the same dilemma of trying to find its own version of the death of Anna Karenina, translating it into the here and now of a stage? If George Steiner says that translators enlarge our maps, can’t we say that actors are the people who live on the borders (not in a city, but in train stations or airports of language, the corridors of meaning)? When we look at an actor on stage, aren’t we partaking in that unavoidable failure of getting words across a border? How does she die? How does she die? How does she die?” – TIAGO RODRIGUES
Tiago Rodrigues, de ster van Lissabon
Hij is nog maar net veertig, maar al een van de sterren van het Europese theater: Tiago Rodrigues, artistiek leider van het TeatroNational Dona Maria II in Lissabon. The Way She Dies, een tekst gebaseerd op Tolstojs Anna Karenina, presenteert hij samen met het Antwerpse collectief tg STAN. Op het podium staan twee STAN-leden (Jolente De Keersmaeker en Frank Vercruyssen) samen met twee Portugese acteurs.