To take back the streets. To reinvest in the heart of the city so that it can freely beat. That is what Hopla ! Festival, La montagne magique, Les Riches-Claires, the Théâtre des Martyrs and the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles are proposing. Together they are pitching a big top in an outdoor public space to put on, for six performances, Patrick Masset’s Strach – a fear song.

Confronting one’s fear, looking at it directly in the eyes, even transcending it. Patrick Masset, accompanied by three acrobats, a lyric singer and a pianist invites us to do just that. His work on this primitive fear, deeply rooted in each of us, is the point of departure of a melding of music and circus.

All the fears that we endure, fear of loss, fear of death, fear of failure or of life itself, are examined in a production that plays on the symbolic and on challenging gravity. The female acrobat and the singer are carried and raised high while the singer sings some Leonard Cohen and Henry Purcell. It’s literally about “carrying the voice”, to make oneself heard.

Through these actions close to dance, Patrick Masset is looking for authenticity of body language without words or theatricality. He extracts a sincerity that provokes emotion in all the spectators. It’s an invitation to meet life with confidence, like a demanding political message delivered with intensity.


  • Venue

    Place des Martyrs

  • Duration


  • Kids


  • Tickets

    Full price: 15€ / Preferencial pricing: 11€ groups, unemployed, -25 ans, subscription Martyrs, Riches-Claires, Montagne Magique and Théâtre National.


  • In co-presentation with
    Hopla ! Festival, Le Théâtre des Martyrs, Les Riches-Claires, La montagne magique, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Writing and directing
    Patrick Masset

    Julie Calbete

    Circus artist
    Airelle Caen

    Circus artists
    Guillaume Sendron
    Denis Dulon

    Live musician and arranger
    Jean-Louis Cortes

    Lighting design
    Patrick Masset

    Sarah Duvert
    Bérénice Masset

    Masks design and construction
    Morgane Aimerie Robin
    Joachim Sontag

  • Sound operator
    Antoine Delagoutte

    Technical Direction
    Antoine Vilain

    Laure Villain

    With the support of
    Espace Catastrophe # Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque, Le Ciam / Centre International des Arts en Mouvement

    With the support of
    la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Service du Cirque, des Arts Forains et de la Rue), les Abattoirs de Bomel/Centre Culturel de Namur, le 140, la Zomerfabriek, l’Opéra On / Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-En-Provence

    Vinciane Despret
    Pascal Jacob

    for their dramaturgy advice and
    Johan Daenen
    for his scenography advice 


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