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Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Using fragments of well-known speeches, he shows that the tricks of the trade hardly changed. He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. The absolute truth doesn't exist. It is just a pretty lie for those who desire world power, or just the hand of their beloved. ‘Some of the speeches are painfully personal and some are painfully embarrassing. But all of them are extremely clarifying … BigMouth presents itself as an indispensable lesson in oratory’ (Knack Magazine). Ages 16+.
SKaGeN / Valentijn Dhaenens.
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Bigmouth20 Aug 2012
Enthralling roller-coaster through history and its (in)humanity by Valentijn Dhaenens
‘History not merely touches on language, but takes place in it.’ This quote from the German philosopher Adorno could summarise the underlying themes of SkaGeN’s Bigmouth. The show makes the (perhaps not obvious connection) between figures of great…
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