Spectacular theatre satire of hypercapitalism: ‘What would you do with a million dollars?’

JR

FC Bergman

Shrewd and amoral, he brutally stormed onto the New York stock market in the mid-1970s. He is called JR Vansandt and is almost eleven years old. The American writer William Gaddis presents him in his experimental novel JR (1975). The Belgian actors’ collective FC Bergman has taken this satire on hypercapitalism as the starting point for their new, large scale performance on location. They are building their towering world in the former market hall on the Jan van Galenstraat. JR's kaleidoscopic world is reconstructed with live video, music and a large ensemble of actors. See how JR Vansandt and his battalion of lawyers and spin doctors wreak havoc on the American stock market. See how innocent people overreach themselves in the race for happiness.

Credits

text
William Gaddis
adaptation
Bart Van den Eynde, Erwin Jans, FC Bergman
direction
Stef Aerts, Joé Agemans, Thomas Verstraeten, Marie Vinck
cast
a.o. Marie Vinck, Thomas Verstraeten, Joé Agemans, Bart Hollanders, Stijn Van Opstal, Geert Van Rampelberg, Oscar van Rompay, Frank Focketyn, Michael De Cock, Rashif El Kaoui, Junior Mthombeni, Ella-June Henrard
sound design
Senjan Jansen
costume design
Judith Van Herck
production
Toneelhuis / FC Bergman
coproduction
Olympique Dramatique, NTGent, KVS