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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

What do we know of sex work? What are the prejudices and clichés that surround it? Who are these women, these men, these transgender people who offer a sexual service for money and that society refuses to consider with the same respect, the same rights, and the same protection as other workers?

By zeroing in on prostitution the Collectif La Brute takes on a taboo. Using documentary theatre, the artistic team wants to get a grasp of a fluid reality. It dismisses the fantasies and beliefs that surround it, including its own, and only gives credence to the witnesses it meets. Sex workers, vice squad officers, clients, and members of the sex workers associations, the Collectif La Brute has listened to many people describe their daily lives. The result is a poignant, painstakingly documented show.

Sonia Verstappen, retired Brussels prostitute, anthropologist and a militant member of Utsopi (Union des Travailleuse.r.s du Sexe Organisées Pour l’Indépendance), brings straight talk to, and shines a light on, the stage work.


Premiere in November 2019

Contact details:

La Brute ASBL

Availability on demand


La Brute :
Jérôme De Falloise
Raven Ruëll
Anne-Sophie Sterck

Text & Performance
Jérôme De Falloise
Raven Ruëll
Anne-Sophie Sterck
Martin Panel
Ninuccia Berthet
Julie Peyrat
Gabriel Bideau
Marion Gabelle
Ninon Borsei
Martin Rouet

Sound design and operator
Wim Lots

Lighting design, stage manager and lighting
Nicolas Marty

Sound operator
Julien Courroye

Costumes and set design
Marie Szersnovicz

Assistant director
Coline Fouquet

Management, production and touring
Catherine Hance
Aurélie Curti
Laetitia Noldé

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Wirikuta ASBL

La Brute ASBL, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine,La Coop ASBL, Shelter Prod

With the help of, ING & tax- shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge

With support from

Sets construction and costumes
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

© Gloria Scorier