At the juncture of stand-up, the absurd and existential drama, Cédric Eeckhout obsessively singles out the similarities that unite his fate with that of the entire continent, politically and economically; he joins the great historical currents with the footnotes. According to him, the important dates in his life correspond oddly with important episodes in the history of United Europe. Even his initials play the game: CE!
On one hand we have his story, a forty year old actor looking for eternal love, marked from a young age by the separation of his Walloon mother and his Flemish father. And on the other hand, the European Union whose foundations could crack, threatened by the rise of nationalism.
During his monologue he dwells on Europe’s fragmentation and questions the ambivalent effects of Neoliberalism. He touches on his origins: he is the result of a union between someone from the north and someone from the south of Belgium, which after 18 years resulted in a divorce. Will the European Union suffer a better fate? Presenting himself as a 21st century knight errant clad in protective armor, he is accompanied in his quest by his mom and his cat named Jesus.
Together they went to the Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary, but also Flanders and Wallonia, sharing his reflections on family and Europe. They interviewed key people in the future of Europe, intellectuals, politicians, artists and also regular citizens and even members of his own family.
24.06.2022 > 25.06.2022
28.02.2023 > 01.03.2023
Writing and directing
With the partnership of
Costumes and set design
English language consulting editor
Translation, transcription, surtitles
Tineke de Meyer
Valérie De Heyn
Valentine De Luca
Video direction & light
Stage director & surtitles
Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Riksteatern, Les Théâtres de la ville du Luxembourg, Mars - Mons arts de la scène, L’Ancre - Théâtre Royal, Grand Théâtre / Noorderzon, Trafó Budapest, Centro Dramático Nacional (INAEM) La Coop asbl et Shelter Prod.
With the support of
Taxshelter.be, ING et du Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge
Une étape de travail a été créée lors du Festival XS 2017 au Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Special thanks to
R.Lang, A.Romano, F. Denis, A De Vestele, M. Godichaux, FIND Festival 2017, NEST - CDN Thionville Lorraine, Le Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, La Comédie de Reims, La Criée - Théâtre National de Marseille, Le Lieu Unique, Maison de l’Histoire Européenne.
Nous remercions les équipes des théâtres qui nous ont accueilli lors des différentes résidences en Europe entre avril 2019 et février 2020 ainsi que les 85 personnes qui ont accepté d’être interviewées pour ce projet.
Costumes and set design
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles