In 2019 SKaGeN announced its new, large-scale ensemble piece: Flemish classic, The Paemel Family. The whole company was to appear onstage together, with invited guest actors to make up a total cast of 13 performers. In 2020 a virus threatened that plan. But the virus didn’t take into account SKaGeN’s creative spirit. Actor and theatre-maker Valentijn Dhaenens takes on the challenge and plays all thirteen parts. At the same time. Valentijn travelled the world with SKaGeN for twelve years, in the highly successful monologues BigMouth, SmallWar and Unsung. In SmallWar, he used screens to multiply himself so that he could talk to his seven alter egos. Now, in The Paemel Family, Dhaenens will take this a step further. In each of the play’s four acts he performs one character live. The other characters, also played by him, will appear digitally. But to be clear: The Paemel Family won’t be a monologue. It is a test of creative ingenuity in Corona times. This version of the Flemish classic is about more than bravura. In this staging, Dhaenens shows us our battles with our past, engaging in intense dialogue with his heritage, also the heritage of Flanders, and bringing out a strand of alone-togetherness that is deeply familiar, not just in these times. Discover this gem of Flemish theatre writing and discover Flanders today. Come and look at what still needs to be worked on, integrated and assimilated – where class or community still need to learn each other’s language. Where families are still ripped apart – old and young, rich and poor – and face each other down, knives drawn, over country and belief. Where economic migration is still essential. This is a world in which the dominance of the 1% still leads to burning struggle. Discover The Paemel Family in a changing world – in 1903 and today.