Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

La Ville des zizis

Eline Schumacher

20 > 25.09.2022
Theater

With a strange emotion, half horror and half tenderness, Eline Schumacher decides to bring together the gang of her father’s six best friends at his fictional funeral.

At first afflicted by grief and the emptiness left by their alter ego, the six are quick to shift gears and to answer the call of life, over the half-buried memories and secrets revealed. In suits, then in football strips, fatigues or underwear, the acolytes of different ages and profiles get their shirts wet and strip them off, go wild, catapult each other, and kick their legs up, accompanied by an explosive play of coloured lights.

Partners in crime, often framed by Eline Schumacher, the actors Léonard Cornevin, Adrien Drumel, Thierry Hellin, Lucas Meister, Jean-Baptiste Polge, Michel Villée begin a hilarious epic. Shot through with cult references, from western to pop culture through the greatest war films, La Ville des zizis (“Willy Town”) offers a low-angle shot which fades through universes, each more cinematic than the last.

The friends play with clichés about men among themselves in a playground atmosphere. Fear of the void rubs shoulders with modesty to torpedo gender stereotypes. Their schoolboy humour – without vulgarity – probes masculinity, demonstrates its weaknesses and brings out emotion. Bursts of laughter! It resembles the great moments of existence.

Production Mars-Mons arts de la scène

Calendar

Information

Language

fr

Duration

75'

Venue

Grande salle

Cast

Direction
Eline Schumacher

With
Léonard Cornevin
Adrien Drumel
Thierry Hellin
Lucas Meister
Jean-Baptiste Polge
Michel Villée

Writing
Eline Schumacher

Artistic collaboration
Nicolas Mouzet-Tagaw

Assistant director
Bogdan Kikena

Choregraphy
Paola Dibella

Arrangement and vocal coaching
Ségolène Neyroud

Scenography
Juul Dekker

Dressmaker
Frédérick Denis

Set dressing
Sébastien Corbière

Decoration assistants
Nassim Bajou
Jean-Baptiste Robert

Light design
Octavie Piéron

Sound design
Noam Rzewski

RStage manager
David Alonso Morillo

Production
Mars-Mons arts de la scène, La Coop asbl, le Théâtre Les Tanneurs et la Maison de la Culture de Tournai

With the support from
la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Service du Théâtre, de Shelter-prod, Taxshelter.be, ING et du Tax-Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge Avec l’aide du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

My father has no friends in life, and I imagined with anguish that there would be no one at his funeral.

Eline Schumacher

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