The La Brute collective is examining a taboo: prostitution. Via documentary theatre, it raises questions about the sexual service marketplace, and further, the place sex holds in society.

The product of investigations and stage writing led by seven ESACT graduates, the show covers different aspects of prostitution. On one hand the female slave trade (Nigerian and Albanian networks…) and street prostitution are at the center of the field work which took place in the very neighborhood of the Théâtre National. On the other hand, the words of women who have “chosen” this trade and who are fighting for the recognition of their rights will also be highlighted on stage.

The roads that lead to prostitution often cross those of drug addiction, financial debts, online meeting sites which lead to student prostitution, a taste for money earned and spent outside the system, etc. Paying For It researches these practices which are multiplying.

Carefully documented are the artistic team’s many exchanges with prostitutes, members of the Vice Squad, clients, and associations for the defense of sex workers, and with sex worker spokesperson Sonia Verstappen who has been associated with the project since its inception.

In trying to uncover the secrets of an opaque world, Paying For It wishes to eliminate the stigma that crushes these women. And far from justifying prostitution, the show reminds us that to try to eliminate it will just make it worse.

Info

  • Language

    FR (no surtitle)

  • Venue

    Studio

  • Duration

    1:40

  • Surrounding the show

    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" 13.11.2019 with Marie L. Barret & Sonia Verstappen

  • Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" 20.11.2019 with Maxime Maes & Sonia Verstappen

Cast

  • Direction
    La Brute :
    Jérôme De Falloise
    Raven Ruëll
    Anne-Sophie Sterck
    Wim Lots
    Nicolas Marty

    Actors
    Jérôme De Falloise
    Raven Ruëll
    Anne-Sophie Sterck
    Martin Panel
    Ninuccia Berthet
    Julie Peyrat
    Gabriel Bideau
    Marion Gabelle
    Ninon Borsei
    Martin Rouet

    Dramaturgy
    Sonia Verstappen

    Sound design and live music
    Wim Lots

    Lighting design Stage Manager and lighting
    Nicolas Marty 

    Sound design
    Julien Courroye

    Assistant director
    Coline Fouquet

    Set and costume design
    Marie Szersnovicz

    Management, production and touring
    Catherine Hance
    Aurélie Curti

  • Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Production
    Wirikuta ASBL

    Co-production
    La Brute ASBL, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, La Coop ASBL / Shelter Prod

    With the help of 
    taxshelter.be, ING & tax-shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge

    With the support of 
    la COCOF

    Sets construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Thanks
    Sonia Verstappen, Marie Devroux, Marie Alié, Manuel Chemla, Marie Bruckman, Robin Lescot, UTSOPI, Quentin Deltour, Julie Bechet, Marie-Christine, Lola et Pascal, Espace P de Liège, Jean-Luc Drion et Josiane, Maxime Maes, Julie Arcelin, Katia Jones, Janis, Karine Minnen, Alexandra Paparelli, Pierrick De Luca, Marie L. Barret, Jean-Michel Chaumont, Roxana Burlacu, Thierry Schaffauser, Marianne Chargois, le STRASS, Fabian Drianne, Delphine, Espace P Bruxelles, Irène Kaufer, Gail Pheterson, Pascale Maquestiau, Hans Vandecandelaere, Guy De Troyer, Franz-Manuel Vandelook, Jimmy, Didier, Renaud Maes, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia, Yvan, José, Ingrid, Gaëtan Absil, Alex Avenière, Alice Jo, Priscilla Adade-Helledy and everyone we may have forgotten

Calendar

  • Tuesday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Wednesday
    19:30
    Studio
  • Thursday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Friday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Saturday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Tuesday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Wednesday
    19:30
    Studio
  • Thursday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Friday
    20:30
    Studio
  • Saturday
    20:30
    Studio

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