Théâtre National

Guerre et térébenthine

War and Turpentine

Stefan Hertmans, Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

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After the success of La chambre d’Isabella (2004), Jan Lauwers took on a sizeable challenge: adapt a known, renowned and multi-prizewinning novel written by a friend. Stefan Hertmans’ novel was based on old notebooks that his grandfather Urbain Martien entrusted him with at his death. The notebooks contained his writings on different episodes of his life, a poverty-stricken childhood in the Ghent of the late nineteenth century, the atrocities of the first world war, his love for a woman who died too soon, as well as his reflections on his life as a painter. An outlet and a way of sublimating suffering.

Jan Lauwers takes hold of this epic and offers the key role, that of narrator, to the highly talented Viviane De Muynck. Composer Rombout Willems has written a score for piano, cello and violin which is choreographic and pictorial and evokes with poignancy the realism of the beginning of the century and the violence of war. All of this now a world that no longer exists.

Image
© Maarten Vanden Abeele

Info

Language

FR — Surtitles NL & EN

Duration

120’

Venue

Grande salle

Sound level

category 2

Cast

Adaptation, direction, scenography
Jan Lauwers

Music
Rombout Willems

With 
Viviane De Muynck, Urbain Joseph Emile Martien / Benoît Gob
, Grace Ellen Barkey
, Maria Emelia Ghys / Sarah Lutz
, Maria Emelia Martien / Romy Louise Lauwers, Elik Niv
, Maarten Seghers, Yonier Camilo Mejia
, Claire Chevallier
, Simon Lenski
, George van Dam

Paintings and drawings
Benoît Gob

Costumes
Lot Lemm

Dramaturgy, subtitles
Elke Janssens

Light design 
Ken Hioco

Sound
Ditten Lerooij, Dries D’Hondt

Set and light
Saul Mombaerts, Tijs Michiels

Production
Marjolein Demey

Intern P.U.L.S. 
Bosse Provoost

Costumes assistant 
Lieve Meeussen

Fencing coach
Jacques Cappelle

Intern 
Josephine Dapaah

Set construction
Toneelhuis

Set dressing 
Simon Callens


Logistical support
Irmgard Mertens

Dramaturgical introduction 
Erwin Jans

Press
Liesbet Waegemans for Panache

Photography
Maarten Vanden Abeele

From the novel by 
« Guerre et Térébenthine », Stefan Hertmans, Gallimard
French translation
« Guerre et térébenthine », Isabelle Rosselin, © Editions Gallimard

Surtitles based on the english translation 
« War and Turpentine », David McKay

Tax Shelter financing
Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius, Isabelle Molhant, Valérie Daems, Christel Simons

Production 
Needcompany

Co-production 
Toneelhuis (Antwerpen), Festival de Marseille, Provincie West-Vlaanderen

With the support of 
Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, de Vlaamse overheid