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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Vladimir Steyaert

11 > 15.01.2022

In all times, men and women have stood against the current conformity, disrupting the social, religious or political beliefs of their eras. The price to pay for such audacity is often painful: arrest, torture or death are the result for these lives going against the tide.

Vladimir Steyaert shines a light on lives buried or disfigured by history. This project had as its genesis the discovery of Alan Turing’s life. Brilliant British scientist, Turing deciphered the Nazi codes at the height of the Second World War. Why was his legacy buried when his work was so instrumental in the Allied victory? Because he was a homosexual, an intolerable fact in the puritanism of the after war period.

Other figures join Turing. Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar, died at the hands of the Inquisition in the 16th century; he supported Copernicus’ theories which led him to being burned at the stake. Camille Claudel paid dearly for her status as a women artist. She died in 1943 in an insane asylum in the Vaucluse, and her art, unrecognized in her lifetime finally saw the light of day during the eighties. Chelsea Manning, an American military analyst, was incarcerated for treason. Her crime: having made public classified Department of Defense documents detailing war crimes committed by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. So many lives that resonate now as humanity tries to reinvent itself.


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    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show

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Grande Salle




Writing and directing
Vladimir Steyaert

Vanessa Compagnucci
Christophe Brault
Vincent Hennebicq
François Sauveur

Costumes and set design
Rudy Sabounghi

Yann Loric

Video design
Ludovic Desclin

Video assistant
Camille Sanchez

Sound design
Jean-Christophe Murat

Dramaturgical research
Charles-Eric Petit

Technical manager
Cédric Otte

Light operator TN
Corentin Christiaens

Sound operator TN
Pawel Wnuczynski

Video direction TN
Ludovic Desclin

Stage management TN
Pierre Ottinger
Christophe Blacha

Painted canvas realization
Eugénie Obolensky

Sets construction and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Staging and directing intern
Clémentine Vincent
Gilles Escoyez
Paul Canfori

Costumes and set design intern
Anne-Claire Cordier

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Compagnie Vladimir Steyaert

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Central - La Louvière

With the support of
la Chartreuse de Villeneuve- lez-Avignon, Opéra National de Bordeaux,, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

Sets construction and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

© Hubert Amiel
Le Rideau de saison, Maak & Transmettre · photos : Lucile Dizier, 2024