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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


Vladimir Steyaert

08 > 16.10.2019

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.


  • - 20:30

    Introduction - 20:00

  • - 19:30

    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show

  • - 20:30
  • - 20:30

    Workshop "Moi, lanceur d'alerte" - 11:00

  • - 20:30

    Workshop "Moi, lanceur d'alerte" - 11:00 / Concert Projet H.O.O.G - 23:00

  • - 15:00
  • - 20:30
  • - 19:30



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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 & costume design
Rudy Sabounghi

Maïanne Barthès
Christophe Brault
Vincent Hennebicq
François Sauveur

Yann Loric

Video design
Ludovic Desclin

Video assistant
Camille Sanchez

Sound design
Jean-Christophe Murat

Painting and plaster
Stéphanie Denoiseux 

Painted canvas
Eugénie Obolensky 

Set design and costumes intern
Anne-Claire Cordier

Dramaturgical research
Charles-Eric Petit

Stage Manager
Cédric Otte

Sound operator
Pawel Wnuczynski

Light operator
Corentin Christiaens

Stage operateur
Pierre Ottinger

Nathalie Willems

Lola Chuniaud

Directing trainee
Clémentine Vincent, Paul Canfori, Gilles Escoyez

Production and Diffusion
Olivia Bussy,
Jessica Régnier - Les 2 Bureaux

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 et du Jeune Théâtre National

Comédie Française, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra de Monte-Carlo et Isadora Steyaert pour la réalisation de la robe de La Valse

Sets and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

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

La Compagnie Vladimir Steyaert is supported by la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, le Conseil Départemental de la Loire et la Ville de Saint-Etienne 

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