theatre - puppets


[Due to technical problems, there will be no english subtitles on saturday 10.03]

Everyone always thinks that Frankenstein was the monster spawned by the outlandish imagination of Mary Shelley, but this is not the case.
Victor Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist who, alone in his laboratory, collected assorted fragments of skeletons and corpses in order to assemble them, bring them back to life and thereby create a new manmade, composite creature.

German director, Jan Christoph Gockel, currently in residence at the Staatstheater Mainz, and Michael Pietsch, his long-standing stage collaborator, a puppet maker and puppeteer, have imagined the stage as a laboratory, in which a different type of giant monster is made from recycled objects, each of which has a life story shared with the people to whom it once

The first piece used by this strange and playful mechanic: the gold watch inherited from a centenarian grandmother; but what should it become: an eye? A gold tooth?

FRANKENSTEIN du 07 > 17.03.2018 au Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles Une Création de Jan Christoph Gockel - Peachesandrooster, d’après le roman "Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus" de Mary Shelley. Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles Production Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles Coproduction Théâtre de Namur, Tandem Arras Douai, Le Manège Maubeuge, Shelter Prod Avec le soutien de & ING & tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique



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  • Text and Direction
    Jan-Christoph Gockel

    «Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus» de Mary Shelley

    Set Design
    Julia Kurzweg

    Puppet Design and puppeteer
    Michael Pietsch

    Costume Design
    Emilie Jonet

    Sound Design & Live Musician
    Anton Berman

    Light Design
    Jean-Jacques Deneumoustier

    Cécile Michel

    Assistant Director
    Maxime Glaude

    Set Design Assistants
    Sarah Deppe, Julia Ippolito

    Dramaturgy Assistant
    Irina Reinke

    Translation and surtitles
    Werkhuis SPRL, Cécile Michel

    Léone François, Anton Berman, Alfredo Cañavate, Bruce Ellison, Thomas Halle, Gianni La Rocca, Michael Pietsch (en alternance avec Laurenz Leky)

    Lucas Hamblenne, Romain Gueudré, Pierre Ottinger

    Special thanks to
    Vincent Hennebicq

    Stage Manager
    Romain Gueudré

    Light Operator
    Emily Brassier
    Intern: Virgile Morel De Westgaver

  • Sound Operator
    Jeison Prado Rojas
    Intern: Pawel Wnuczynski

    Stage Hands & Construction
    Stéphanie Denoiseux, Lucas Hamblenne, Pierre Ottinger

    Development & Machinery
    Frédéric Opdebeeck, Didier Rodot

    Set Construction
    Dominique Pierre, Yves Philippaerts, Pierre Jardon

    Eugènie Obolinski, Bruno Verlaet

    Sarah Deppe, Noémie Vanheste

    Costume Creation
    Nicoles morris, Nathalie Willems
    Stagiaire : Pauline Aschoff    

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre de Namur, Tandem scène nationale, le Manège Maubeuge, Shelter Prod

    With the support of & ING & tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique, l’Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne et du Goethe-Institut Belgien.

    Special thanks to
    the people who shared their stories and gave their objects, thus contributing to the creation of the show.

    The show includes excerpts from
    - Frankenstein ou Le Prométhée moderne, préface de 1831 traduite de l’anglais par Patrick Drague, Collection folioplus classiques (n°145), 2008, © Editions Gallimard.
    - Ciment de Heiner Muller, traduction de l’allemand par Jean-Pierre Morel, Editions de Minuit, 1991.


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