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
Josse De Pauw
Compostion, installations and live music
Translation and travel assistant
With the collaboration of
Translation and direction assistant
Set and light design
Chœurs d’Enfants et de Jeunes de la Monnaie Bruxelles
Choir direction (recording)
Musicale execution (recording)
Stage director (Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles)
Stage Manager (Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles)
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