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Two families have removed themselves from the modern world to live in peace with nature. After a few years spent in an environment as hostile as it is wonderful, mistrust and resentment boil over. Suddenly the division of the territory is deemed unfair, and fortune seems to be angry one of the two families. One day, a barrier is put up between the two clans. War is declared. A few metres from the battlefield, children witness this world in the process of disappearing. Under the watchful eye of a production team, the tragedy is told.

Anne-Cécile Vandalem is developing the last part of her trilogy, completing the works Tristesses (Sadnesses) (2016) and Arctique (Arctic) (2018). The main topic of this research is temporal failure – how the future can no longer resonate with the promise of a better world. She approaches this theme through children, who will be the adults of this future in question. During her reflection, she discovered Clément Cogitore’s work Braguino ou la Communauté impossible (Braguino or the Impossible Community). The work, consisting of a documentary film and an exhibition, follows an exiled community in Eastern Siberia. We discover Sacha Braguine, patriarch of a family, who bears witness to life in the heart of nature. The birth of children, the gentle hostility of this wild environment and its learning. Then the arrival of the Killines (the other family) and the first conflicts that emerge.

Kingdom is an epic fable loosely inspired by the work of Clément Cogitore. It questions the issues it raises through theatrical fiction: the desire to extract oneself from the world, the dialectical relationship to nature and its resources, and a schema as old as humanity itself that never ceases to reproduce itself: the impossibility of living in peace.

Cast

Last part of the trilogy Tristesses, Arctique, Kingdom, published by Actes Sud-Papiers.
Freely inspired by Braguino by Clément Cogitore

Writing and directing
Anne-Cécile Vandalem

Stage design
Ruimtevaarders

Composition
Vincent Cahay
Pierre Kissling

Direction of photography and camera
Federico D’Ambrosio

Dramaturgy
Sarah Seignobosc

Lighting design
Amélie Géhin

Video design
Frédéric Nicaise

Sound design
Antoine Bourgain

Costumes design
Laurence Hermant

Make-up design
Sophie Carlier

Assistant directors
Pauline Ringeade
Mahlia Theismann

Technical direction
Damien Arrii

Props
Philippe Vasseur

Children’s coaches
Lara Ceulemans
Julia Huet Alberola

Camera operator
Leonor Malamatenios

Animal trainer
Victorine Reinewald

Children’s caretakers
Anne Lahousse
Fabien Castan

Script consultant
Bruno Tracq

Lighting control
Hadrien Jeangette

Stage management
Baptiste Wattier

Costumes
Carine Duarte

Children’s casting director
Kadija Leclere

Production trainees
Elsa Rauchs
Alexis Mullard

Costume trainee
Tatiana Strobbe

Camera trainee
Mounir Benchara

Trainee assistant technical director
Antoine Fiori

Subtitles
Erik Borgman (Werkhuis)

Translations
Claire Tarring

Press Relations
Dorothée Duplan
Camille Pierrepont
Fiona Defolny, assisted by Louise Dubreil

Administration
Lila Pérès

Production
Daria Bubalo

Tour management
Jill De Muelenaere

Head of production, administration & sales
Audrey Brooking
Eva Wilsens

Cast
Philippe Grand’Henry (Philippe)
Laurent Caron (Laurent)
Zoé Kovacs (Zoé)
Épona Guillaume (Épona)
Arnaud Botman (Vania)

Film Production team
Federico D’Ambrosio
Leonor Malamatenios

The children
Juliette Goossens - Ida Mühleck (Anja)
Lea Swaeles - Léonie Chaidron (Nastasja)
Daryna Melnyk - Eulalie Poucet (Daryna)
Isaac Mathot - Noa Staes (Michka)

The dogs
Ice
Oméga

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Co-production
Théâtre de Liège [BE] | Festival d’Avignon [FR] | Théâtre National de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles [BE] | Odéon - Théâtre de l’Europe [FR] | Le Volcan – scène nationale du Havre [FR] | Théâtre du Nord – CDN [FR] | Théâtre de Lorient – CDN [FR] | Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg [LU] | Théâtre de Namur [BE] | Le Quai - CDN d’Angers [FR] | Les Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon [FR] | Maison de la culture de Tournai – maison de création [BE] | La Coop asbl & Shelter Prod [BE]

Sets construction
Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège, Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Costumes design
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

With the support of
Taxshelter.be, ING, tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - service théâtre, Loterie nationale

Remerciements
L’usine, Compagnie Point Zéro, Projection Room

Texte publié chez Actes Sud-Papiers

Anne-Cécile Vandalem et l’équipe de Das Fräulein (Kompanie) tiennent à remercier pour leurs contributions
Marie Charrieau, Fabrice Adde, Jean-Baptiste Szezot, Yoann Blanc, Alexandre Michel , Sophie Jaskulski, Cathy Grosjean, Brigitte Dedry, Anne Marie Loop, Euridike De Beul,  Isis Guillaume, Séléné Guillaume, Juliette Challet , Adèle Rulens,  Matteo, Arsène Claus Depré, Lionel Naessens, Isidore Poniris, Lionel Heymans, Maxim Daish, Léonard Blart, Méroé Guillaume, Aliénor Guillaume, Eurydice Guillaume, Céline Gaudier, Sarah Vanhee, Dominique Roodthooft, Patrick Corillon, Sébastien Monfé, Charlotte Siokos, Kevin Sage, Eva Choudhna, Cyril Aribaud, Grégory Pierrot, Michel Van Slijpe, Françoise Vandalem, Stéphane Olivier, Benoit Hennaut, Jean-Christophe Brianchon, Casting Tails, Ministar, Katodix/Bloody Mary’s, Marie Augustin, les équipes du Théâtre de Liège et du Théâtre National de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.

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