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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Ali & Hèdi Thabet

22 > 26.03.2022
Theatre – Dance

On the left, on the Mediterranean terrace, seven musicians and a mezzo-soprano; on the stage, seven dancers; in the background, the large mirror shows extracts from Jean-Daniel Pollet’s film L’Ordre, which takes as its subject the last European leprosy colony on the island of Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete, at the crossroads of East and West.

Against a background of melodies by Vivaldi, medieval polyphonic chants and rebetiko – a music of spiraling oriental blues touched by gypsy accents – Ali and Hèdi Thabet build an intense performance, in which artistic forms mingle. With the words of Raimondakis, one of the people with leprosy and one of the island’s true characters, they associate a free interpretation of the myth of Narcissus, symbol of beauty, but also of love and exile. While questioning notions of normality, rejection and attraction, the two brothers create a dialogue between music, movement and the poetry of René Char. A total art that draws from the well of Greece, in the cradle of Europe, to explore the situation of the artist examining themselves as well as the condition of actor and spectator.


  • - 20:00
  • - 19:30
  • - 20:00
  • - 20:00
  • - 20:00



Grande Salle




Ali et Hèdi Thabet

Hèdi Thabet

Music direction 
Ali Thabet 

Scenography & costumes 
Florence Samain 

Ana Samoilovich 

Sound & video 
Aurélien Cros 

Natalia Vallebona
Béatrice Debrabant
Viktoria Antonova 
Julia Färber 
Ben Fury 
Artémis Stavridi 
Hèdi Thabet 

Mehdi Ayachi 

Lyric singer
Catherine Bourgeois

Vocals, kanun
Mourad Brahim

Michalis Dimas 

Stefanos Filos 

Clarinet, ney, laouto, vocals
Ilias Markantonis

Vocals, guitar
Ioannis Niarchios

Baglama vocals
Foteini Papadopoulou

Production manager 
Etat d’esprit productions 

Théâtre National de Wallonie-Bruxelles, les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Maison de la culture Amiens, ThéâtredelaCité - CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Maison des arts de Créteil, la Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Théâtres en Dracénie - Draguignan, Etat d’esprit productions. 

With the support of 
Adami, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, la Chaire Mahmoud Darwich/Bozar, la Villette-Paris

© Andrea Messana
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