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Joachim Robbrecht — Bambi
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Bambi

Bambi is the second play in the collection What’s in a fairytale?! , a series of plays in which popular and iconic tales are being revisited : How have these stories, their settings and their characters influenced our look upon the world? Breaking open the narrative structure and resampling the tropes of these tales they serve as vehicles to dramatize current social and political issues.   

'You can't talk like Rambo and act like Bambi' (John Glenn) 

In 1923 the Austrian author Felix Salten published his novel Bambi, A life in the Woods. But it was not until Disney made a movie out of the story in 1942 that the little roe deer has become a widely known symbol of innocence, of victimhood as well as excessive sentimentality towards nature.  Since 1942, terms such as 'Bambi syndrome', 'Bambi complex' and 'Bambi factor' have entered everyday speech.
In this dramatization of the story, Bambi is struggling to emancipate himself from the many representations and meanings that he is being endowed with. While in the middle of making a more realistic representation of his life in the woods (Style cinéma vérité), he is being chased by two male hunters, who consider themselves victims of overblown ecological awareness and excessive feminist emancipation. They in their turn are being hunted by two feminist hunter-hunters that are solidarizing with the animals. The play's narrative unfolds around discussions on victimhood, perpetratorship, revolutionary animals and the power and dangers of representation...   

 

text Joachim Robbrecht
direction Sarah Moeremans 
cast Kharim Amier, Benny Claessens, Joep van der Geest, Tommie Kinneging, Mirjam Stolwijk, Maureen Teeuwen en Louis van der Waal
scenography Dorothee Curio
light design Jan Steinfatt
costume design Daphne de Winkel
costume atelier Femke van Neerven
dramaturgy Madelon Kooijman, Barbara van Lindt en Lisa Skwirblies
assistant director Gavin - Viano Fabri

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02 Mar 2019 – Zutphen NL
Hanzehof
05 Mar 2019 – Leiden NL
Leidse Schouwburg
07 Mar 2019 – Nijmegen NL
Stadsschouwburg
08 Mar 2019 – Nijmegen NL
Stadsschouwburg
09 Mar 2019 – Nijmegen NL
Stadsschouwburg
14 Mar 2019 – Haarlem NL
Stadsschouwburg
16 Mar 2019 – Tilburg NL
Schouwburg
21 Mar 2019 – Arnhem NL
Stadstheater
22 Mar 2019 – Rotterdam NL
Rotterdamse Schouwburg
26 Mar 2019 – The Hague NL
Koninklijke Schouwburg
29 Mar 2019 – Leeuwarden NL
De Harmonie
01 Apr 2019 – Amsterdam NL
ITA / Stadsschouwburg
02 Apr 2019 – Amsterdam NL
ITA / Stadsschouwburg
04 Apr 2019 – Ghent BE
NT Gent
05 Apr 2019 – Utrecht NL
Stadsschouwburg
09 Apr 2019 – Groningen NL
Stadsschouwburg De Oosterpoort
10 Apr 2019 – Zwolle NL
Theater Odeon
13 Apr 2019 –
Chassé Theater
16 Apr 2019 – Drachten NL
De Lawei
18 Apr 2019 – Hengelo NL
Rabotheater
19 Apr 2019 – Arnhem NL
Stadstheater
20 Apr 2019 – Arnhem NL
Stadstheater