Théâtre National


Vladimir Steyaert


In all times, men and women have stood against the current conformity, disrupting the social, religious or political beliefs of their eras. The price to pay for such audacity is often painful: arrest, torture or death are the result for these lives going against the tide.

Vladimir Steyaert shines a light on lives buried or disfigured by history. This project had as its genesis the discovery of Alan Turing’s life. Brilliant British scientist, Turing deciphered the Nazi codes at the height of the Second World War. Why was his legacy buried when his work was so instrumental in the Allied victory? Because he was a homosexual, an intolerable fact in the puritanism of the after war period.

Other figures join Turing. Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar, died at the hands of the Inquisition in the 16th century; he supported Copernicus’ theories which led him to being burned at the stake. Camille Claudel paid dearly for her status as a women artist. She died in 1943 in an insane asylum in the Vaucluse, and her art, unrecognized in her lifetime finally saw the light of day during the eighties. Chelsea Manning, an American military analyst, was incarcerated for treason. Her crime: having made public classified Department of Defense documents detailing war crimes committed by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. So many lives that resonate now as humanity tries to reinvent itself.

©Laetitia Paillé



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Surrounding the show

Introduction 08.10.2019 – 20:00 (15')

Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" 09.10.2019


Concept, writing and directing
Vladimir Steyaert

Set design
Rudy Sabounghi

Maïanne Barthès
Christophe Brault
Vincent Hennebicq
François Sauveur

Yann Loric

Video design
Ludovic Desclin

Camille Sanchez

Sound design
Jean-Christophe Murat

Painting and decoration
Aurélie Borremans

Dramaturgical research
Charles-Eric Petit

Staging and directing intern
Clémentine Vincent


Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Compagnie Vladimir Steyaert

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Central- La Louvière

With the support of
la Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, Opéra National de Bordeaux

Sets construction and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

With the support of, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge