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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

J’ai une épée

Léa Drouet

18 > 21.05.2023

How are children considered and approached by the institutions responsible for protecting and educating them? What frameworks surround children, and how can we redefine these frameworks, adjusting them to fit the worlds that children invent for themselves in order to survive?

Director and performer Léa Drouet moves from one story to another within a stage setting of shimmering, multipurpose fabrics, covering hybrid shapes representing sometimes a landscape, then a hut, a school or a town.

Various incidents involving children or young people, and especially their treatment by the media, the police and the law, are combined with stories of monsters and bravery, inspired by those which Léa and her daughter tell each other in shared moments.

Rather than “looking at the children”, Drouet is seeking to “look at how we look at children”. She probes the mechanisms of education and the tension between ‘upbringing’, ‘punishment’ and ‘repression’ inherent to our society and the ‘dutiful citizens’ it produces. After Violences – shown at Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2021 – Léa Drouet is moving deeper into her investigations of childhood, the imaging which stifles it, and conversely, the imaging which gives it room to move and breathe.

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre de Liège, Mars-Mons, Le Maillon-Strasbourg, Le Printemps des Comédiens
Corealisation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

18.05.2023 · 20:00 – introduction · fr, nl, en


  • - 20:30

    Introduction · 20:00 · fr, nl, en

  • - 20:30

    Discussion after the show

  • - 18:00

    Interpreted in Sign Language · LSBF

  • - 15:00

    Afternoon performance / Discussion after the show with Sylvain George



fr, surtitling en, nl






Direction and performer
Léa Drouet

Camille Louis – « Le poème d'Hamza »  a été recueilli par Sylvain George et est extrait de son film Nuit Obscure - Au revoir ici, n'importe où 

Léa Drouet
Camille Louis
« Le poème d'Hamza »  a été recueilli par Sylvain George et est extrait de son film Nuit Obscure - Au revoir ici, n'importe où 

Set design
Élodie Dauguet

Music composition

Nicolas Olivier

Eugénie Poste

Stage Manager
François Bodeux

Stage management
Stéphanie Denoiseux 

Sound operator
Jeison Pardo Rojas

Direction assistant
Marion Menan

Production and distribution development
France Morin
Anna Six
AMA Brussels

A performance by
Léa Drouet / Vaisseau asbl

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Vaisseau asbl

Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Printemps des Comédiens – Montpellier, Théâtre de Liège, Mars-Mons – Arts de la scène, Centre Culturel André Malraux – Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, NEXT Arts Festival, Le Phénix – Scène Nationale de Valenciennes, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod

With help from
La Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles, Service Général de la Création Artistique – Direction du Théâtre

With support from
Kunstencentrum Buda, La Bellone - House of Performing Arts, ING et du Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

François Bonnet, Boube, Mamie Jo, Billie Diane, Lamia Mellal, Hélène Ferraris, Sylvain George, l'école secondaire plurielle Maritime-Molenbeek, Antoine Pohu, Emmanuelle Nizou, Nicolas Mouzet Tagawa, Claire Rappin, Bertrand Ogilvie, Simon Loiseau,  Jeanne Brouaye

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