Why is the question “Where are you from?” less harmless than it seems? What defensive reflex hides behind this ordinary question? What are the differences and similarities between yesterday’s migrations and today’s? What commonalities do the ancient and the current migrants share? Are those migrations comparable? Does having been an immigrant oneself inoculate one against tribalism?To delve deeply into these questions which bring into focus all the issues of the debate on identity and origins, Hervé Guerrisi and Grégory Carnoli, actors and grandchildren of migrants pull together stories and testimonials to run them through the strainer of science. The result is an innovative type of theatre, between documentary theatre, scathing, biting lecture, and place for defiance. It’s an invitation to travel through family histories and those of the migratory flows… to find our common ancestor, that cell that we all descend from since all living species come from it: L.U.C.A.(Last Universal Common Ancestor).
Welcome to the world of 1 920's jazz, cocktails and excess in this extraordinary production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal tale of lust and liquor.
“No animal has been as defamed as the human being.” In short, this is the thesis that Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg developed in his 2001 essay De Mensheid Zij Geprezen(Praise Humanity).Picking up Grunberg’s thesis, Josse De Pauw takes the stand and makes himself the defense lawyer for this so very maligned human: in collaboration with pianist Kris Defoort whose score and improvisations accompany him from beginning to end, he imagines a great speech for the defense during which he summons artists and thinkers – from Stanley Kubrick to Balzac, including Bertolt Brecht and Francis Bacon among others – all accused of always having underlined the worst excesses of humanity. He is aided in his mission of rehabilitation by the American soprano Claron McFadden.Josse De Pauw is once again offering us one of his poetic and musical compositions as only he has the knack. A brilliant and funny mise en abyme in which Arnon Grunberg himself personifies this human, imperfect and alone, who knocks himself out trying to escape his condition.