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Mesut Arslan directs Betrayal, Pinters classical play about a triangular relationship that goes against time and starts with the end of the adultery. People are not only betrayed by other people but by time and it is this aspect that Arslan wants to develop. Instead of Pinter’s linear narrative, time will be structured in a circular way, much like Villem Flusser suggested in his book ‘We Shall Survive In The Memory Of Others’. By bringing the scene’s together, the performance will aim to create a “memory in advance”.

Starting point is the installation of Lawrence Malstaf ‘ NEVEL’ that constantly recreates space and in this way reflects the game of time and memory.

Mesut Arslan

The director and theatre-maker Mesut Arslan grew up in the Turkish city of Izmir. At the age of twenty he flew to Belgium on his own. After a few years he concentrated on the theatre and set up his own company, the Anatolië Theater Groep (ATG), which was most successful among the Turkish community. He gradually developed a style of his own that evolved towards a visual idiom into which language was incorporated in an experimental way. In addition, he also set up Platform 0090, a workplace and hub for research into, and the creation and presentation of multidisciplinary art with references to the Midwest.

Since 2017 Mesut Arslan is an associated artist in KVS. For his first KVS creation, Mesut Arslan returned to his theatre hero Eric De Volder to tackle Nachtelijk Symposium. He also worked on the production Kamyon, together with Michael De Cock.


Text: Harold PinterDirector: Mesut ArslanScenography: Lawrence MalstafDramaturgy: Ata UnalActors: Dennis Deter, Lotte Heijtenis, Thomas ProkschLight scenography: Jan MaertensSoundscape: Charo CalvoCostume designer: Rike FischerTechnique: Turan TayarProduction: OnderHetVel, Platform 0090Coproduction: Toneelhuis, t,arsenaal mechelen, TAKT Dommelhof, wpZImmer, Istanbul Theatre Festival