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maa 19/02/2018 > vri 23/02/2018

In May 2018, half a century will have passed since the riots and strikes in France created one of the most iconic cultural landmarks of the XX century. But the student protests in Paris were only one face of a global network of self-organised grassroots movements and rebellions — the Black Panthers and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the USA, the student protests in Western Europe and the convulsions in the Eastern Bloc, including students’ rebellion in Belgrade, the Prague Spring and the political crisis in Poland, even the protests at the Red Square in Moscow. After the initial explosion of enthusiasm, most of these movements splintered into a range of positions on the political spectrum: from the neoliberal mainstream to left-wing extremism, from the middle class centrism to radical conservatism.

My Revolution Is Better Than Yours is inspired by the protests of ’68 as one of the first genuinely global phenomenons, its potential legacy, as well as perceptions of this turbulent period from half a century distance. Based on the wealth of archive materials and testimonies of the events’ participants from different countries, Sanja Mitrović’s new production considers the breadth of lived experience and historical amnesia, the effects of words and the meaning of actions, and the possibility of remembrance and commemoration. Unfolding through a constellation of characters, ideas, images and statements which relay the fragmented character of the era, My Revolution Is Better Than Yours lets the complexity of ’68 reverberate with the current situation. Are the revolutionary ideals confined to the dustbin of history and marketing slogans of global corporations, or do they still to talk to our experience today?

Concept / Direction: Sanja Mitrović Performers: Vladimir Aleksić, Jonathan Drillet, Maria Herranz, Olga Tsvetkova Dramaturgy and research: Jorge Palinhos, Karel Vanhaesebrouck Dramaturgy assistant: Marie Vandenbussche-Cont Assistant director: Siniša Mitrović, Audrey Gary English translation: Siniša Mitrović Stage design: Elodie Dauget Costume design: Alexandra Sebbag Lighting design: Giacomo Gorini Technique: Saul Mombaerts Production: Sanja Mitrović / Stand Up Tall Productions (BE) in cooperation with Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers (FR) Executive production: Caravan Production (BE)

Co-production: Centre Dramatique National Orléans (FR), Centre Dramatique National La Comédie de Reims (FR), La Rose des Vents, Scène Nationale Lille Métropole (FR) / NEXT Festival Funded by: Vlaamse Gemeenschap (BE) Supported by: Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (BE), Pianofabriek (BE)

Premiere 04 May 2018 Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers, Nanterre (FR)
05–06 May 2018 Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers, Nanterre (FR)
11–13 May 2018 Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers, Nanterre (FR)
23–24 October 2018 KVS Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels (BE)
25 October 2018 Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt (BE)
13–14 November 2018 Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans, Orléans (FR)
16–17 November 2018 NTGent Stadstheater, Gent (BE)
20–21 November 2018 NEXT Arts Festival, La Rose des Vents, Scène Nationale Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR)
02–11 February 2019 Comédie de Reims, Festival Reims Scènes d’Europe, Reims (FR)