Lara Staal / NTGent
Sat 1 Apr ’23 20:30
Dissident is a mix of live performance and documentary film material in which parents, teachers, youth workers and pedagogues are featured.
Sat 1 Apr ’23

Five young people with a reputation at school for being ‘troublemakers’ educate the audience.

What does it mean to constantly be the exception? And what do the current rules and expectations in secondary education tell us about the prevailing ideas of successful citizenship? In what way is today's education determined by work pressure, performance pressure and bureaucracy? In what way does unconscious racism still determine who gets second chances and who doesn't? What does it take to really learn? And can a teacher be more than a conduit of knowledge?

  • Language: Dutch with English titles
  • Duration: 100 min.


cast Eliaz Bello Medrano, Seppe Jacobs, Isaac Van Weyenberg, Haroun Couvreur, Serdi Faki Alici concept & direction Lara Staal dramaturgy Eline Banken performance, coaching & music Serdi Faki Alici scenography Grischa Runge video design Pascal Poissonnier direction assistant Katelijne Laevens production- and tourmanager Els Jacxsens, Klaas Lievens tour assistant & surtitles Eline Banken technical production management Raf Willems technical support Sander Michiels, Laurent Ysebaert public outreach Dirk Crommelinck, Saartje Cauwenbergh, Laurens Aneca internship direction assistant Juno Kapur with support of The Belgian Tax Shelter



In the press 

"Dissidents are attacking the education system" Theaterkrant 

About the maker 

For Dissident, Dutch theatre and programme maker Lara Staal, together with Ghent musician, beatboxer and performer Serdi Faki Alici, went in search of young people who refuse to adapt to the expectations of current education and challenge power relations. Their view holds up a mirror to us. What can we learn from that which does not suit us? 

Dissident is a mix of live acting and documentary film material in which parents, teachers, youth workers and pedagogues are also involved. In 12 lessons, the young actors expose what they consider to be the most pressing problems of education and formulate a counterproposal.

An indictment of the mould that current education forms, in which those who are 'different' and fall by the wayside now have their say.