Theater

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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