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At the juncture of stand-up, the absurd and existential drama, Cédric Eeckhout obsessively singles out the similarities that unite his fate with that of the entire continent, politically and economically; he joins the great historical currents with the footnotes. According to him, the important dates in his life correspond oddly with important episodes in the history of United Europe. Even his initials play the game: CE!

On one hand we have his story, a forty year old actor looking for eternal love, marked from a young age by the separation of his Walloon mother and his Flemish father. And on the other hand, the European Union whose foundations could crack, threatened by the rise of nationalism.

During his monologue he dwells on Europe’s fragmentation and questions the ambivalent effects of Neoliberalism… He touches on his origins: he is the result of a union between someone from the north and someone from the south of Belgium, which after 18 years resulted in a divorce. Will the European Union suffer a better fate? Presenting himself as a 21st century knight errant clad in protective armor, he is accompanied in his quest by his mom and his cat named Jesus.

Together they went to the Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary, but also Flanders and Wallonia, sharing his reflections on family and Europe. They interviewed key people in the future of Europe, intellectuals, politicians, artists and also regular citizens and even members of his own family.


08.05.2021 – 16:00 – Salle Jacques Huisman
EUROPE ? Redéfinir la promesse européenne
En collaboration avec l’Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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  • Language

    en, surtitles fr, nl

  • Venue

    Salle Jacques Huisman

  • Surrounding the show

    07.05.2021 - Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show

  • 08.05.2021 - Discussion "Europe ?" and soirée "Europe Hits"

  • Kids

    09.05.2021 - Dimanche enfants admis

  • Duration


  • See also...

    The Quest

    Dimanche enfants admis



  • Writing and directing
    Cédric Eeckhout

    With the partnership of
    Douglas Grauwels

    Nils Haarmann

    Costumes and set design
    Laurence Hermant

    Light design
    Emily Brassier

    Cédric Eeckhout
    Douglas Grauwels
    , except on 25.09, with Andrea Romano
    Jo Libertiaux

    Assistant director
    Eulalie Roux

    Consultant English language editor
    Daisy Phillips

    Translation, transcription, surtitling
    Isabelle Grynberg
    Tineke de Meyer
    Lola Chuniaud

    Pulse Translations :
    Christopher Smith
    Francis Smith
    Valérie De Heyn
    Valentine De Luca

    Video editing
    Dimitri Petrovic

    Stage Manager
    Romaine Gueudré

    Video direction & light operator
    Ludovic Desclin

    Sound operator
    Pawel Wnuczinsky

  • Stage director & surtitles
    Pierre Ottinger


    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Riksteatern, Les Théâtres de la ville du Luxembourg, Mars – Mons Arts de la Scène, L’ANCRE – Théâtre Royal, Grand Théâtre / Noorderzon, Trafó Budapest, Centro Dramático Nacional (INAEM), La Coop asbl et Shelter Prod.

    With the support of, ING et du Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

    Une étape de travail a été créée lors du Festival XS 2017 au Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Thanks to
    R.Lang, A.Romano, F. Denis, A De Vestele, M. Godichaux, FIND Festival 2017, NEST - CDN Thionville Lorraine, Le Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, La Comédie de Reims, La Criée – Théâtre National de Marseille, Le Lieu Unique, Maison de l’Histoire Européenne.

    We thank the teams of theaters who welcomed us during the various residences in Europe between April 2019 and February 2020 as well as the 85 people who agreed to be interviewed for this project.

    Costumes and set design
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show
  • Saturday
    Rencontre "Europe ? Redéfinir la promesse Européenne" et Soirée "Europe Hits"
  • Sunday
    Dimanche enfants admis

See also...