Project presentation

PROJECT PRESENTATION / Lara Ceulemans / 16/02 at 10pm, 17/02 à 7pm & 18/02 at 19.45 (Chapiteau Arsenic2)

►Durée : 30' /


Who hasn’t imagined ditching everything in their life and escaping overnight, far away, leaving nothing behind? Some people have done just that. In Japan, around 100,000 people disappear deliberately this way every year. The young director Lara Ceulemans has collaborated with the Belgian writer Thomas Depryck (winner of the international writer’s prize at Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2016) to investigate this strange social phenomenon and what it implies: departure, flight, revolt, the need for radical change, uprooting, identity.  Through all these topics, the play also tells the story of those who remain, who seek, who despite themselves have to live in absence. Disappearing is a right, but how to accept such a radical decision? The gaze of those who remain, facing those who decide to obliterate themselves. The form in which this is offered to the Festival Factory is a description of the project, from its initial conception to the writing, in which Lara Ceulemans, together with some actors, will read extracts from the text, try to explain her process as best she can and show some images taken from the short film made for the show, rehearsals for which will start in March 2017.

Creation at Mars, Mons arts de la scène: from 25 to 27 April 2017
At Théâtre National/Wallonie-Bruxelles: from 9 to 13 May 2017


Direction: Lara Ceulemans / Writing: Lara Ceulemans and Thomas Depryck / Assistant and Script: Amandine Vandenheede / Actors: Rita Belova, Adrien Drumel, Marouan Iddoub, David Scarpuzza, Marie-Charlotte Siokos / Video: Dimitri Petrovic and Maxime Jennes Music: Gabriel Govea Ramos (AsideB), Thomas Raa (AsideB) / Lighting creation: Renaud Ceulemans / Stage design: Renaud Ceulemans and Zoé Ceulemans / Costumes: Zoé Ceulemans / Production assistance: Sarah Sleiman /MoDul / Production: Théâtre National/Brussels, Manège. Mons / A Les Meutes asbl production, jointly with the Théâtre National and Mars - Mons Arts de la Scène, in collaboration with MoDul asbl, support from the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Service Théâtre / ©Todd Hido/ Edge Reps.