Théâtre - 100’ - fr, surtitles en

In all times, men and women have stood against the current conformity, disrupting the social, religious or political beliefs of their eras. The price to pay for such audacity is often painful: arrest, torture or death are the result for these lives going against the tide.

Vladimir Steyaert shines a light on lives buried or disfigured by history. This project had as its genesis the discovery of Alan Turing’s life. Brilliant British scientist, Turing deciphered the Nazi codes at the height of the Second World War. Why was his legacy buried when his work was so instrumental in the Allied victory? Because he was a homosexual, an intolerable fact in the puritanism of the after war period.

Other figures join Turing. Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar, died at the hands of the Inquisition in the 16th century; he supported Copernicus’ theories which led him to being burned at the stake. Camille Claudel paid dearly for her status as a women artist. She died in 1943 in an insane asylum in the Vaucluse, and her art, unrecognized in her lifetime finally saw the light of day during the eighties. Chelsea Manning, an American military analyst, was incarcerated for treason. Her crime: having made public classified Department of Defense documents detailing war crimes committed by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. So many lives that resonate now as humanity tries to reinvent itself.


  • Writing and directing
    Vladimir Steyaert

    Maïanne Barthès
    Christophe Brault
    Vincent Hennebicq
    François Sauveur

    Costumes and set design
    Rudy Sabounghi

    Yann Loric

    Video design
    Ludovic Desclin

    Video assistant
    Camille Sanchez

    Sound design
    Jean-Christophe Murat

    Dramaturgical research
    Charles-Eric Petit

    Technical manager
    Cédric Otte

  • Painted canvas realization
    Eugénie Obolensky

    Sets construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Staging and directing intern
    Clémentine Vincent
    Gilles Escoyez
    Paul Canfori

    Costumes and set design intern
    Anne-Claire Cordier

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Compagnie Vladimir Steyaert

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Central - La Louvière

    With the support of
    la Chartreuse de Villeneuve- lez-Avignon, Opéra National de Bordeaux,, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

    Sets construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles