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La Mémoire des arbres

The secret to keep an entire city at bay. Not a ghost town because life animates this mysterious city. However silence envelops not just its schools, its parks, its hospitals, but even its name. And it spreads to its fields, its river and to its children’s laughter.

In the heart of this place not found on any map, thousands of people are forced to maintain this enormous secret. And those who present even a shadow of treason pay for it with their lives. Others, manipulated, are convinced they are protecting the country by supporting the lie. Together they preserve a vast industrial state and keep quiet about an unheard of environmental catastrophe.

One could think this story is straight out of science fiction. But it isn’t. This secret city and its abuses are part of our world. Even if humankind tries to muzzle the truth, the memory of the trees remain, those of the consciousness that rises and denounces this heavy decades-old creed.

Travelling is an integral part of Fabrice Murgia’s art. The Ghost Road cycle has taken him to singular places where, camera on his shoulder, he has recorded faces, testimony and encounters. La Mémoire des arbres is part of this process. The show’s team has walked these hostile lands and with Josse De Pauw as story teller/historian, it offers us the unmentionable in music and poetry.

Cast

Concept, writing and directing
Fabrice Murgia

With
Josse De Pauw
Children

Compostion, installations and live music
Dominique Pauwels

Translation and travel assistant 
Tatiana Mukhamediarova

With the collaboration of
Tatiana Stepanchenko

Translation and direction assistant 
Olya Tsoraeva

Dramaturgy assistant
Nadezda Kutepova
Cécile Michel

Set and light design
Giacinto Caponio
Fabrice Murgia

Video design
Giacinto Caponio

Decorator
Anne Marcq

Props
Noémie Vanheste

Research
Virginie Demilier

Interface programmer
Quentin Meurisse

Choir (recording)
Chœurs d’Enfants et de Jeunes de la Monnaie Bruxelles

Choir direction (recording)
Aldo Platteau

Musicale execution (recording)
SPECTRA

Sound technics
Brecht Beuselinck

Light technics
Virgile Morel
Jannes Dierynck

Stage management
Wim Piqueur

Stage director (Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles)
Christophe Blacha
Dimitri Wauters

Video technics
Mohammed Sassi

Stage Manager (Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles)
Romain Gueudré

Video editing
Dimitri Petrovic

Sets and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Thanks
Gilani Dambaev, Garifulla Habibulin, Gulshara Ismagilova, Gosman Kabirov, Fatima Kobzhasarova, Lubov Lebzina, Natalia Manzurova, Sergueï Kuprienko, Esther Denis, Moussa Benchaoui, Victor Hidalgo, Wout Clarysse, LOGOS, Dada Studios

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Production
Cie Artara & LOD muziektheater

Co-production
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, KVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, Le Théâtre l’Aire Libre à Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande

With the support of
Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge

Tax shelter partner
Flanders Tax Shelter