Johan Simons director – Pierre Bokma actor – Benny Claessens actor – Elsie de Brauw actress – Sandra Hüller actress – Risto Kübar actor – Kamel Daoud text – Vasco Boenisch text adaptation, dramaturgy – Tobias Staab text adaptation, dramaturgy – Mauricio Kagel music – György Ligeti music – Reinbert de Leeuw conductor – Asko/Schönberg-Ensemble orchestra – Matthias Velle dramaturgy – Luc Goedertier set design – Marc Swaenen set design – Aernout Mik video artist – An De Mol costumes – Dennis Diels lighting design

The Strangers, a new music theatre production, is based on two cult novels : L’Étranger, the existential classic by Albert Camus, and Meursault, contre-enquête, the Goncourt Prize winning work of the Algerian author Kamel Daoud, written in response to Camus’ novel. The stage direction of Johan Simons presents a political narrative,  transporting the audience from the occupied Algeria of 1942 - via the cultural conflicts of the present day - to a future vision of an Islamic Europe. Featuring the renowned Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw, this new work of musical theatre both praises and questions our cultural values. The critically acclaimed video artist Aernout Mik has created a new work as part of this production.


There will not be an introduction 

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  • Reinbert de Leeuw presented with an Honorary Degree

    On 4 October 2016, KU Leuven presented the conductor and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, major figure of 21st century music, with an honorary degree. This distinction has been awarded just before the conductor’s arrival at BOZAR, where he will lead the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble during the musical Die Fremden.

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