Theatre - 90' - fr, nl, ru, surtitrage fr, nl

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.


  • Concept, writing and directing
    Fabrice Murgia

    Josse De Pauw

    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

    Anne Marcq

    Noémie Vanheste

    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)

  • 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

    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

    Cie Artara & LOD muziektheater

    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