Peace, Love and Freedom
In the background of the negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles, three people meet at a hotel lobby in Paris. The Great War is over, the atmosphere is exuberant: the twenties are ready to roar.
Young, brilliant economist John Maynard Keynes, an openly bisexual man at a time when this is still punishable, is one of the negotiators. One night, he falls for the charms of Lydia Lopokova, a ballerina at the Ballets Russes.
She mistakes an African man in the hotel for a servant. That man turns out to be Charles D.B. King, ambassador to Liberia, the only free African country. King is therefore the only black negotiator at the conference. They have a conversation about freedom, something they all seem to be looking for.
text and direction Stijn Devillé play Michaël Pas, Prince K. Appiah and Clara Cleymans music Geert Waegeman dramaturgy Els Theunis, René Michaelsen and Jörg Vorhaben scenography Saskia Louwaard costumes Joëlle Meerbergen sound Stefan De Reese and Tom Buys technic Bernard Peeters, Viktor Thys and David Neumann production Ellen Haesevoets decor Bertil Brakemeier, Bregt Janssens and Wim De Jaegher co-production with Het nieuwstedelijk, Staatstheater Mainz and Theater im Bauturm Köln and Het Laatste Bedrijf photo Harris & Ewing, 1919