Isabella's room
© Eveline Vanassche

Directed and written by Jan Lauwers

Except The Liar’s Monologue, written by Anneke Bonnema

With Viviane De Muynck, Anneke Bonnema, Hans Petter Dahl, Yonier Camilo Mejia (replaces Julien Faure), Benoît Gob, Misha Downey/Ludde Hagberg, Sung-Im Her (replaces Tijen Lawton), Yumiko Funaya/Sarah Lutz (replaces Louise Peterhoff), Maarten Seghers, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers

Music Hans Petter Dahl, Maarten Seghers

Costumes Lemm&Barkey

Coproducers Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville ( Paris), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), La Rose des Vents (Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d'Ascq), Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York) and welt in basel theaterfestival. With the cooperation of Kaaitheater (Brussels) and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region. With the support of the Flemish authorities.

Opening night
Cloître des Carmes, Festival d’Avignon
9 July 2004

+/- 2h

English/French, surtitled

Nine performers reveal together the secret of Isabella’s room with as central figure the monumental actress Viviane De Muynck.

Isabella’s room contains a secret. It is the location of a lie. It is the location of the lie that dominates Isabella’s existence. This lie is an image. An exotic image. The image of a desert prince. Isabella is the daughter of a desert prince who disappeared on an expedition. This is what her foster parents, Arthur and Anna, told her. They lived together in a lighthouse on an island, where Arthur was the lighthouse-keeper. Like an island, the lighthouse is a transitional area: somewhere between the sea and the land, between solid and fluid, between inside and outside. The lighthouse is built on the land, but it yearns for the sea. Isabella yearns for the desert, the desert prince, Africa.

This is how the life-story of the blind old Isabella begins. But it soon becomes clear that a terrible, unutterable truth lies hidden beneath the story of the desert prince. Anna and Arthur cannot live with their secrets and escape into drink. Anna dies and Arthur throws himself into the sea. Isabella’s quest for her father, the desert prince, does not lead her to Africa but to a room in Paris, filled with anthropological and ethnological objects.

Isabella tells the story of her life, but she does not tell it alone. All those who were important to her tell it with her; the many in her life who had died: Arthur and Anna, her lovers Alexander and Frank. And not only do they tell Isabella’s story together, they also sing it. This is not the first time in a piece by Jan Lauwers that live music is played and that the actors sing, but it has never happened in such an open and inviting way as here.
(Erwin Jans)

 

Awards

* The prize for the best foreign performance, category dance. (Syndicat professionnel de la critique de théâtre, de musique et de danse”, France, June 2005)

* Selected for the Theaterfestival 2005 (Brussels, Amsterdam)

* The prize for “le Masque de la production étrangère”. (Foreign performance - Académie québécoise du théâtre, December 2005, Canada)

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Directed and written by Jan Lauwers

Except The Liar’s Monologue, written by Anneke Bonnema

With Viviane De Muynck, Anneke Bonnema, Hans Petter Dahl, Yonier Camilo Mejia (replaces Julien Faure), Benoît Gob, Misha Downey/Ludde Hagberg, Sung-Im Her (replaces Tijen Lawton), Yumiko Funaya/Sarah Lutz (replaces Louise Peterhoff), Maarten Seghers, Elke Janssens, Jan Lauwers

Music Hans Petter Dahl, Maarten Seghers

Costumes Lemm&Barkey

Coproducers Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville ( Paris), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), La Rose des Vents (Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d'Ascq), Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York) and welt in basel theaterfestival. With the cooperation of Kaaitheater (Brussels) and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region. With the support of the Flemish authorities.

Opening night
Cloître des Carmes, Festival d’Avignon
9 July 2004

+/- 2h

English/French, surtitled

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July 2004
09 JulAvignon FRFestival d'Avignon Premiere
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13 JulAvignon FRFestival d'Avignon
15 JulAvignon FRFestival d'Avignon
August 2004
13 AugBasel CHwelt in basel
14 AugBasel CHwelt in basel
15 AugBasel CHwelt in basel
September 2004
22 SepBrussels BEKaaitheater
23 SepBrussels BEKaaitheater
24 SepBrussels BEKaaitheater
25 SepBrussels BEKaaitheater
October 2004
20 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
21 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
22 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
23 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
November 2004
16 NovColumbus, Ohio USWexner Center for the Arts
17 NovColumbus, Ohio USWexner Center for the Arts
18 NovColumbus, Ohio USWexner Center for the Arts
19 NovColumbus, Ohio USWexner Center for the Arts
December 2004
14 DecNew York City USBrooklyn Academy of Music
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18 DecNew York City USBrooklyn Academy of Music
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22 JanGhent BEKunstencentrum Vooruit
25 JanMulhouse FRLa Filature
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03 FebNice FRTNN - Théâtre National de Nice
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March 2005
11 MarHamburg DEDeutsches Schauspielhaus
18 MarAntwerp BEdeSingel
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29 MarVilleneuve d'Ascq FRLa Rose des Vents
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22 JunHamburg DEDeutsches Schauspielhaus
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21 MarAalst BECC De Werf - Aalst
April 2009
21 AprKraków PLKrakowskie Reminiscencje teatraline
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20 SepZagreb HRZagreb Theatre Festival
21 SepZagreb HRZagreb Theatre Festival
23 SepVienna ATBurgtheater
24 SepVienna ATBurgtheater
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01 OctSète FRScène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau
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24 OctSarajevo BAInternational Theater Festival MESS
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02 NovMoscow RUStanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
03 NovMoscow RUStanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
11 NovMadrid ESFestival de Otoño en Primavera
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16 MarGrenoble FRMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
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19 MarRiga LVThe New Theatre Institute of Latvia
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