Everyone knows about the ruses of Reinaert De Vos, the cunning trickster, but who has heard of those of Anansi, the mythical spider from Ghanaian folk tales? Anansi is a selfish rascal who has no problem fooling his wife Akuba or one of his many children. As long it benefits himself. “Food comes before morality” seems to be his motto. Though things may turn out very differently from what he had imagined.
Jeroen Theunissen (known from his novels "De omwegen" and "Jouw huid" and Compagnie Cecilia) has adapted Anansi tales into a story full of humour, reflection and insight into our social functioning. In the best African tradition of storytelling.
Beeldsmederij DE MAAN has been focusing on artists with a migration background for some time now. They constantly surprise us with new myths and stories. The young visual artist Gorges Ocloo (star player in 'Wat is de Wat' of hetpaleis and composer/musician with Ghanaian background from the youth performance 'Futur Simple' by DE MAAN) directs born storyteller Ineke Nijssen, assisted by Paul Contryn, who brings magical animal figures to life, and Owen Weston, who accompanies the narrative with live music.
Director: Gorges Ocloo | Writers: Jeroen Theunissen, Gorges Ocloo | Figures: Paul Contryn | Actors: Ineke Nijssen, Paul Contryn | Music: Owen Weston, Ineke Nijssen, Gorges Ocloo | Light designer and technician: Stéphane Vloebergh | Artistic advice: Stef De Paepe