Léa Drouet / Vaisseau / Belgium


July 1620.00
July 1722.00

The sand knows perfectly how to cover traces and efface signs of violence. But it also bears imprints. Léa Drouet has chosen this resistant, solid yet fragile material to shape moving landscapes: from the fields crossed by Jews in the 1940s to the skyscrapers and buildings of modern cities, where migration policies are played out. Weaving together words, sounds and scenography, she tries to take us beyond headlines, beyond violent images that, though shocking, prevent us from feeling and reacting. Violences is an attempt at resisting passivity, a way of taking back the experience of violence as something that does not just happen to others but as something passing through each of us. Alone on stage, Léa Drouet goes from being a witness to being a performer and a narrator, telling the story of the journey of her grandmother Mado who escaped the Vél d’Hiv’ Roundup, the largest mass arrest that happened in France during World War II. From this episode, her perspective widens to the present: in May 2018, a van travels toward England with a small group of people. Mawda, a two-year-old Kurdish girl, is among them, in her mother’s arms. She will never reach her destination: a Belgian police officer will shoot her dead during the pursuit. Despite the police’s attempts to cover up the affair, the memory remains. We might, perhaps, distinguish the foundations of a world capable of handling conflict differently in the fragility of those grains of sand.

Léa Drouet is a theatre director. She has lived and worked in Brussels since 2010. Her work takes different shapes, pivoting between installation, theatre and performance. In 2014, she founded VAISSEAU, a production house experimenting with new approaches and formats. She has close ties to Brussels’ musical scene, but she also collaborates with a variety of musicians and she is surrounded by artists practising and crossing multiple disciplines. Her artistic research investigates how to address humanity’s problems through the senses, sound, body and matter. Her works include Mais au lieu du péril croit aussi ce qui sauve, Squiggle, Boundary Games, Hostilités pour l’Objet des mots. In 2020, she became the artistic coordinator of Atelier 210 in Brussels.

  • Teatro Il Lavatoio
    via Ruggeri, 16

Duration: 60 minutes.
Language: French with Italian and English subtitles.

Ideazione, testo e performance Léa Drouet / drammaturgia Camille Louis / scenografia Élodie Dauguet / musica Èlg / luci Léonard Cornevin / assistente Laurie Bellanca / foto Élodie Dauguet / produzione e distribuzione France Morin Arts Management Agency / una produzione Vaisseau / co-produzione Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Coop asbl / con il supporto di Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Actoral – Festival & Bureau d’accompagnement d’artistes, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre / Danse, SACD, Shelterprod, Taxshelter.be, ING and Tax-Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge / residenze Kunstencentrum Buda, Charleroi danse Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, [e]utopia, La Bellone House of Performing Arts, Montevideo / traduzione italiana a cura di Maria Stella Tataranni.

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