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La Colline - théâtre national

Years 17-18

from 2 to 26 May 2018 Grand Théâtre

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[Tracking]

by Alexandra Badea

directorAnne Théron

with 
Liza Blanchard,  Judith Henry,  Nathalie Richard et Maryvonne Schiltz
À la trace © Jean-Louis FernandezÀ la trace © Jean-Louis FernandezÀ la trace © Jean-Louis Fernandez

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from 3 to 19 May 2018 Petit Théâtre

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[In the woods]

by Claudine Galea

directorBenoît Bradel

with 
Raoul Fernandez, Émilie lncerti Formentini, Emmanuelle Lafon, Seb Martel, Séphora Pondi
Au Bois - crédit : Jean-Louis FernandezAu Bois - crédit : Jean-Louis FernandezAu Bois - crédit : Jean-Louis Fernandez

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from 31 May to 14 June 2018 Grand Théâtre

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[I am a country]

by Vincent Macaigne

with 
Sharif Andoura, Candice Bouchet, Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Rodolphe Poulain, Hedi Zada , et Madeleine Andoura, Nina Béros et Lila Poulet en alternance

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from 31 May to 14 June 2018 Grand Théâtre

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[Here is what I am never going to tell you]

by Vincent Macaigne

with 
Sharif Andoura, Candice Bouchet, Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Rodolphe Poulain et Hedi Zada

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from 19 September to 14 October 2018 Petit Théâtre

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[Points of no return]

by Alexandra Badea

with 
Amine Adjina, Madalina Constantin, Kader Lassina Touré, Thierry Raynaud, Sophie Verbeeck
Points de non-retour © Velica Panduru

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from 9 November to 1 December 2018 Petit Théâtre

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[In the depth of winter I discovered there was in me an invicible summer ]

by Anaïs Allais

with 
Anaïs Allais, Méziane Ouyessad, François Praud
Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert un invincible été

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Past performances

from 20 September to 19 October 2017 Petit Théâtre

from 27 September to 7 October 2017 Grand Théâtre

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[Stadium]

by Mohamed El Khatib

directorMohamed El Khatib et Fred Hocké

with 
une soixantaine de supporteurs du Racing Club de Lens

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from 11 to 22 October 2017 Grand Théâtre

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[The Blind Poet]

by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

with 
Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Benoît Gob, Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers

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from 8 November to 2 December 2017 Petit Théâtre

from 17 November to 17 December 2017 Grand Théâtre

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[All Birds]

by Wajdi Mouawad

with 
Jalal Altawil, Jérémie Galiana, Victor de Oliveira, Leora Rivlin, Judith Rosmair, Darya Sheizaf, Rafael Tabor, Raphael Weinstock, Souheila Yacoub
Tous des oiseaux © Simon Gosselin

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from 6 to 29 December 2017 Petit Théâtre

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by Sébastien Barrier

directorNicolas Lafourest

with 
Sébastien Barrier, Nicolas Lafourest
Gus © Caroline Ablain

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from 17 January to 11 February 2018 Petit Théâtre

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[The House]

by Julien Gaillard

directorSimon Delétang

with 
Rémi Fortin, Julien Gaillard, Frédéric Leidgens
La Maison © Simon Gosselin

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from 19 to 28 January 2018 Grand Théâtre

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[Shadow (Eurydice speaks)]

by Elfriede Jelinek

directorKatie Mitchell

with 
Jule Böwe, Cathlen Gawlich, Renato Schuch, Maik Solbach
Schatten © Gianmarco Bresadola

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from 6 to 18 February 2018 Grand Théâtre

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by Doug Wright

directorJean-Pierre Cloutier, Robert Lepage

with 
Pierre‑Yves Cardinal, Érika Gagnon, Pierre‑Olivier Grondin, Pierre Lebeau, Robert Lepage, Mary‑Lee Picknell
Quills © Stephane Bourgeois

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from 6 March to 1 April 2018 Petit Théâtre

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[Dinner Downtown]

by Christine Angot

directorRichard Brunel

with 
Emmanuelle Bercot, Valérie de Dietrich, Noémie Develay‑Ressiguier ou Julie Pilod, Jean‑Pierre Malo et Djibril Pavadé
Dîner en ville © Jean-Louis Fernandez

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from 14 March to 12 April 2018 Grand Théâtre

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[Victoires]

by Wajdi Mouawad

with 
Emmanuel Besnault, Maxence Bod, Mohamed Bouadla, Sarah Brannens, Théodora Breux, Hayet Darwich, Lucie Digout, Jade Fortineau, Julie Julien, Maxime Le Gac‑Olanié, Hatice Özer, Lisa Perrio, Simon Rembado, Charles Segard‑Noirclère, Paul Toucang, Étienne Lou, Mounia Zahzam, Yuriy Zavalnyouk, et , Inès Combier, Aimée Mouawad, Céleste Segard (en alternance)
Notre innocence de Wajdi Mouawad / crédit Simon Gosselin

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[The Blind Poet]

by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany

with 
Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Benoît Gob, Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers

from 11 to 22 October 2017
From Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm and on Sunday at 4pm

This testimony of the terrible sufferings endured by ancestors of blended cultures provides a way of rethinking exchange between peoples.

The blind poet is a play by Jan Lauwers, in close cooperation with the composer Maarten Seghers, which premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in spring 2015. Jan Lauwers starts out from the performers’ family trees and is writing a new story based on their various nationalities, cultures and languages. He goes back a thousand years to ponder the notion of identity in today’s multicultural Europe. Lauwers quotes the work of Abu al ‘ala al Ma’arri, a blind Arab poet who spanned the 10th and 11th centuries, and Wallada bint al Mustakfi, an Andalusian poet from the 11th century. Their work describes a time in which women held positions of power and atheism was commonplace, when Paris was just a small provincial town and Charlemagne was a famous illiterate. History is written by the victors. By men. How much has the history we know actually been determined by lies, chance encounters and events along the way? About strong women who throw stones and end up at the stake. About a crusader in armour that’s too small.

When the mind is uncertain,
It is overwhelmed by the world,
A weak man kissed by a whore.
When the mind has become self-assured,
Then the world is a respectable lady,
Who rejects her lovers’ caresses.
- Abu al ‘ala al Ma’arri (c. 950)


“The poem above is written by the blind Syrian poet Abu al ‘ala al Ma’arri. The idea of ‘The Blind Poet’ arose when I was visiting the great mosque in Cordoba. In the middle of this unique building with its three hundred columns, the Catholic church knocked down a number of columns and stuck in a cathedral. This cathedral looks small and pretty ridiculous in the middle of the sophisticated ‘Moorish’ architecture. I stood there looking in astonishment at all this historical bungling.

Cordoba was the capital of that world. Between 300,000 and 1 million people lived there. Women held positions of power and translated Plato, and atheism was common. It had several libraries and more than 600,000 books and much more besides. By comparison, the largest city in the Christian world was Paris, with about 30,000 inhabitants. The largest Christian library had 60,000 books and Charlemagne was illiterate.

What does this actually mean? Why does history always lie and deceive us? History is written by the victors. By men. By the few who tell the masses what to do.

In 11th-century Cordoba women were men’s equals. Islamic women at least. The Christian women found them too bold, too dangerous.

This Cordoba story is only one of the many examples of how history comes back to us. ‘The Blind Poet’ journeys through history via the family tree of all Needcompany’s members. In this way we found that everyone had a link or similarity to everyone else. One of my forefathers was an armourer at the time of Godfrey of Bouillon and went on a crusade with him. They travelled through Germany, where Grace Ellen Barkey’s ancestor received them as a mayor.

With God I aim for honour and glory, and proudly go my own way
To my lover I offer my cheeks, and my lips I give to whoever wants them.
- Wallada bint al Mustakfi (Cordoba, 1000 AD)

How much has the history we know actually been determined by lies, chance encounters and events along the way?

About strong women who throw stones and end up at the stake.

About a crusader in armour that’s too small. ”
-Jan Lauwers

Casting

by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany
with Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anna Sophia Bonnema, Hans Petter Melø Dahl, Benoît Gob, Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers

Production

Needcompany
coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, FIBA – Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
with the support Flemish autorities

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