Théâtre National

Strach — A Fear Song

Patrick Masset, Théâtre d’un jour

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.

©Laure Villain



Place des Martyrs






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