After last year’s Frankenstein at the Théâtre National, Jan-Christoph Gockel is back with one of his earlier hits in which he also explores a phantasmagorical universe. Always working with his colleague Michael Pietsch who conceives and creates the incredible automatons for all of the spectacles, this time he immerses himself in the story of the Grimm brothers. Even if most children have been put to bed with one of their fairy tales, what do we really know about Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm?In Grimm, we find out that the brothers were always passionate about folkloric myths and legends and saw them as a way for children to tame their ancestral fears. Excellent observers of their era – Germany just before the revolutions of 1848 – they also complete a remarkable work on the German language. It is this story that Jan-Christoph Gockel tells, mixing true life, fantasy and magic, and extraordinary puppets.
In MEMENTO MORI!, documentary filmmaker and visual artist Els Dietvorst brings two solos together. The first is performed by Dirk Roofthooft, one of Flanders’ most iconic actors, the second is performed by the Brussels-based actress Aurelie Di Marino. You can expect a theatre evening about fragility and transience, but also about universal themes like individualization, globalization, the relationship between humanity and nature, and migration.
Since time immemorial, the idea of an island as a place of infinite possibilities has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists. In Crash Park, theatre-maker Philippe Quesne has written his own robinsonade. When the survivors of a plane crash emerge from the wreckage, they encounter the bizarre bestiary on a desert island. Epic scenes alternate with musical intermezzos, while this contemporary fable spotlights the greatness and the failings of the human race.