a new Belgian play by

monologue virtuoso VALENTIJN DHAENENS
(BigMouth, SmallWar, Unsung:
winner Edinburgh Fringe First Award)

& emerging director ALEXIA LEYSEN
(winner Dioraphte Award
for promising theatre talent)

inspired by the worldwide literary phenomenon
(called the mascot of the contemporary soul)
In more than 3500 pages the Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgård writes about the battle of his life. He attempts to transcend the banality of his small existence in search for meaning, armed with only words.

When God is dead and heaven is empty, KNAUS searches for what is of value in this universe. We see a struggling soul in the world of today, who keeps searching to find an answer to the ultimate question: "Who am I?" The show zooms in mercilessly on our deep human need to be seen.

KNAUS is not a classical book adaptation. Valentijn Dhaenens & Alexia Leysen searched for the universal value in this inspiring material and subtly intertwined it with glimpses of their own struggles and desires. Together they created a new, thought-provoking character that comes to life in front of the audience, with a phenomanal scenography in the background. 

The critically acclaimed theatre text (in Dutch) has been published by De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek ︎


"A rarely disarming event."

“Dhaenens effortlessly takes the audience into the meandering thoughts of his character, precisely navigating between sharp pain and tragicomic helplessness.”

“An exceptionally beautiful scenography.”

“You recognize the voice of Knausgard, and at the same time that of Alexia Leysen. A particularly good interweaving. Finally again, something of authorship in the theatre”

“Grabs you by the throat.”