Begin the Beguine
© Maarten Vanden Abeele

Text
John Cassavetes

Directed by
Jan Lauwers

With
Gonzalo Cunill, Juan Navarro, Romy Louise Lauwers and Inge Van Bruystegem

Production Humain trop humain – CDN Montpellier
Recreation of a production by Burgtheater (Vienna) & Needcompany, March 2014.

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

+/- 2h

performance in Spanish, French and English, subtitled

Begin the Beguine was the last play the legendary filmmaker John Cassavetes wrote – for Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara – before his death. This bleak and glimmering allegory named after the Cole Porter-evergreen about love and death, Eros and Thanatos, never got further than the preparatory stage. It was never performed.

The present production of Begin the Beguine is the result of an exceptional cooperative project by Faces Distribution Corporation and Needcompany. The German publisher S. Fischer Verlag asked Jan Lauwers to take on the task of staging this masterpiece for the first time since it was written more than 25 years ago. The first version was produced in collaboration with the Burgtheater in Vienna in 2014. hTh – CDN Montpellier invited Jan Lauwers to make a second version with Spanish actors from hTh. Gonzalo Cunill and Juan Navarro will be entering into confrontation with Needcompany members Romy Louise Lauwers and Inge Van Bruystegem.

An apartment at the end of a street by the sea. With a seaview, despite the covered windows. They have just settled in, possibly forever, or just for the weekend: Gito Spaiano and Morris Wine. With their last breath of life, both men are stuck in some way or another. Stuck in their friendship as well as in life. They want to enjoy themselves to the fullest for the final cut. As such, they order women - prostitutes - in the dim light of their bedroom. They wait and philosophise. Gito wants sex, Morris pines for emotion and elusive love. However: "If the dark is nothing but the absence of light, love is at least a crack of the door."

John Cassavetes is one of the most interesting artists I know. His humane approach to art has always had a profound influence on me. In the 'images' he created he was not only deeply human, but also entirely individual. Cassavetes has been one of the rare, genuine mentors in my life." – Jan Lauwers

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Text
John Cassavetes

Directed by
Jan Lauwers

With
Gonzalo Cunill, Juan Navarro, Romy Louise Lauwers and Inge Van Bruystegem

Production Humain trop humain – CDN Montpellier
Recreation of a production by Burgtheater (Vienna) & Needcompany, March 2014.

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

+/- 2h

performance in Spanish, French and English, subtitled

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March 2014
01 MarWienBurgtheater Premiere
09 MarWienBurgtheater
10 MarWienBurgtheater
29 MarWienBurgtheater
April 2014
01 AprWienBurgtheater
03 AprWienBurgtheater
24 AprWienBurgtheater
May 2014
03 MayWienBurgtheater
13 MayWienBurgtheater
June 2014
06 JunWienBurgtheater
12 JunWienBurgtheater
16 JunWienBurgtheater
September 2014
14 SepWienBurgtheater
19 SepWienBurgtheater
October 2014
13 OctWienBurgtheater
21 OctWienBurgtheater
November 2014
04 NovWienBurgtheater
19 NovWienBurgtheater
December 2014
10 DecWienBurgtheater
19 DecWienBurgtheater
February 2015
18 FebWienBurgtheater
April 2015
09 AprWienBurgtheater
January 2017
24 JanMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier Try-Out
26 JanMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier Premiere
27 JanMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
28 JanMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
31 JanMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
February 2017
01 FebMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
02 FebMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
03 FebMontpellierHumain trop humain - CDN Montpellier
May 2017
16 MayAlès Cedex Le Cratère
January 2018
23 JanBarcelonaTeatre Lliure
24 JanBarcelonaTeatre Lliure
25 JanBarcelonaTeatre Lliure
January 2019
18 JanBilbaoTeatro Arriaga
19 JanAvilés, AsturiasCentro Niemeyer
29 JanBrusselKaaitheater
30 JanBrusselKaaitheater
February 2019
01 FebAntwerpenToneelhuis
02 FebAntwerpenToneelhuis
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