June 03, 2012

Theater, the Belgian way

Getting stuck in traffic, especially on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, as was the case yesterday, is something I really do not like.  Lately though, I have learned to deal with it in my own special way: to make the experience  more bearable I just shoot away with my little camera. 
The above pictures can be seen as an example of what ambiguity means in our national capital.
The signs indicating the highway to the cities are in two languages, French and Dutch. If you are headed for a city in the southern part of Belgium, Wallonia or the part where French is spoken, the sign will indicate the name of the city in French first (Mons), hometown of the actual prime minister, and in Dutch last (Bergen). The other way around when you are heading for Ghent in the Dutch speaking part, Flanders. (Gent- Gand). 
The same ambiguity in and around the buildings. The Kaaitheater was originally more of a Flemish institution when it reopened in 1993 after the Flemish Minister of Culture leased the building. Around this beautiful art deco / modernistic building are advertisements for French cultural temples: the Théâtre du Parc on the blue poster in picture one and the Théâtre National advertised on the yellow poll poster in picture 2.