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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Fabrice Murgia / Cie. Artara - An Pierlé Quartet

25.09 > 12.10.2018
Theatre – Musical show

“I win my freedom by cutting back on my sleep.”
This quotation of Sylvia Plath aptly summarizes the thoughts and the inner conflict of this American poet of the fifties and sixties. The icon of a poetic rather than a committed feminism, Sylvia Plath will struggle her whole life between her wish to fit into the American Dream (perfect spouse and mother) and her irrepressible need to write. A profound contradiction that led to her demise.

This complex life is recorded in a personal diary in which we discover her life as a young woman and her first suicide attempt at the age of twenty. From this diary she will create a novel, The Bell Jar, in 1963. Reality will quickly overtake fiction since, that same year Sylvia Plath will take her own life, as if the staging of her depression caused her to commit this ultimate act.

To reflect on this feminine voice which is often reminiscent of that of Virginia Woolf, Fabrice Murgia has conceived a pop opera for one female voice and fifteen women, with music by Belgian author/composer An Pierlé accompanied by her quartet. On stage, a film set reveals both a film shoot and the wings behind the scenes; a spectacle on the border of theatre and cinema.

Vers la page du spectacle actuel


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    Introduction - 19:45

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    discussion 'Builders of Stories' after show

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FR, EN, NL — Surtitles FR, NL


Grande salle

Surrounding the show

introduction 02.10.2018 - 19:45 (15')

Surrounding the show

discussion 'Builders of Stories' after show 10.10.2018

Sound level

category 2




Fabrice Murgia

An Pierlé Quartet
An Pierlé: voice and piano
Koen Gisen: bass clarinet, saxophone, guitar and percussion
Hendrik Lasure: keyboards and computers
Casper Van de Velde: percussion

Valérie Bauchau, Clara Bonnet, Solène Cizeron, Vanessa Compagnucci, Vinora Epp, Léone François, Magali Pinglaut, Ariane Rousseau, Scarlet Tummers

Direction photo
Juliette Van Dormael

Assistant camera
Takeiki Flon

Assistant director
Justine Lequette

Assistant director intern
Shana Lellouch

Assistant tour
Maxime Glaude

Video and lighting creation and Artara technical direction
Giacinto Caponio

Assistant for video creation and video technical management
Dimitri Petrovic

Marie-Hélène Balau

Set design
Rudy Sabounghi

Assistant set design
Julien Soulier

Aurélie Borremans

Assistant decoration
Valérie Perin

Interns decoration
Léa Pelletier & Sophie Hazebrouck

Set construction & costums
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Research and dramaturgy assistance
Cécile Michel

Technical management
Hugues Girard

Lighting director
Emily Brassier

Sound design
Bob Hermans

Stage management
Lucas Hamblenne, Joachim Hesse, Aurélie Perret

Juliette Van Dormael / on tour Aurelie Leporcq

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Cie. Artara


Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, le Théâtre de Namur, Central – La Louvière, MARS – Mons Arts de la Scène, la Fondation Mons2025 – 2018-2019 biennial, Printemps des Comédiens - Montpellier, La Comédie de Saint-Etienne – Centre Dramatique National, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Scène, Le Carreau – Scène Nationale de Forbach et de l’Est mosellan, Théâtres en Dracénie – Draguignan, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod

With the support of, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, DIESE # Rhône Alpes

Lionel Demilier, Monique Grignard, Léonor Rodriguez, Eve Scorneaux, Yvon Van Lancker and Alfredo Cañavate.


© Gloria Scorier