Opening night: 13/11/2022
Next performances: 13/11
The Black-Yellow-Red-Trilogy/The Marathon.


The Black-Yellow-Red-Trilogy consists of three plays about the dark pages of the epic centre of Europe: Belgium. The first instalment, Black , is dedicated to the exploitation of Congo by King Leopold II. Yellow is about the Second World War and the collaboration with the Nazis, whilst Red focuses on the 2016 terrorist attacks. The titles of the particular parts are a reference to the three-colour Belgian flag. The whole tale is a moving and, at times, surreal story about a paradoxical country, which is the political heart of today’s Europe. A nation-less, internally divided state, where only a small share of the population identify themselves as Belgians.

“In the context of Perceval’s work and the Flemish Wave as a whole, The Black-Yellow-Red-Trilogy is unique”, says programmer Dorota Semenowicz of the Malta Festival. It is a clearly defined story about Belgium, the country which Luk Perceval had left and to which he returned … The trilogy is not, however, an overtly political theatre. Nor is it intended to point the finger at anyone. It is a story about the great aspirations of a small country, about people in the melting point of history, about macro politics and everyday life.”

Peter Seynaeve
Bert Luppes
Maria Shulga
Oscar Van Rompay
Valéry Warnotte
Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar
Farid Bouzenad
Lisah Adeaga
Roberto Jean
Chris Thys
Lien Wildemeersch
Philip Kelz
Yolanda Mpélé
Aminata Demba
Frank Focketyn
Sam Gysel

Director Luk Perceval
Dramaturgy Steven Heene
Music Sam Gysel
Director’s assistant Liesbeth Standaert
Stage design Annette Kurz
Stage design assistant Sammy Vandenheuvel
Costume design Ilse Vandenbussche
Lightning design Mark Van Denesse
Spacing Ted Stoffer

A co-production of NTGent, The Landestheater Niederösterreich and Le Manège Maubeuge.

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