GUDS LAM, everything we love, everything we fear
freely after Milo Rau’s “Lam Gods”, (NTGent 2018)
In GUDS LAM, locals are on stage as themselves when Cantabile 2 recreates the twelve panels of the world-renowned Ghent Altarpiece in St. Bavo Cathedral, Belgium. This huge work of art portrays archetypes of Western culture in 1432. But who are the Adam and Eve of our time, the Virgin Mary, the Crusaders and the Lamb of the Sacrifice? What version do they have of the themes in this painting about faith, power, love, death and salvation? On stage, a panorama of our present world arises, in a testimony to the importance of art and spirituality in a human’s life.
NOTE: The show features nude scenes, a video of slaughtering a lamb and footage from a birth.
The regional tv-station TV2 East came by the rehearsals 19 January
The printed programme (ind Danish) can be downloaded here
The performance is supported by the municipality of Vordingborg
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The Belgian altarpiece from 1432 is painted by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck and located in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent. The large work of art (3.5 x 4.6 m) depicts the creation and evolution of humanity in a Christian perspective with Adam and Eve as the first parents in history, who, along with two angelic choirs, flank the centre field with God the Father surrounded by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, and under them the crusaders, the righteous judges, pilgrims, and hermits; and in the very central image field ‘The adoration of the lamb’. This altarpiece inspired theatre director Milo Rau, director of the NTGent National Theatre, to do a contemporary staging with local citizens from Ghent, and his performance ‘Lam Gods’ premiered in 2018. This performance inspired Nullo Facchini, artistic director of Cantabile 2, to do a Danish local Vordingborg version: GUDS LAM, everything we love, everything we fear.