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 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon Premiere
10 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon
11 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon
12 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon
13 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon
15 JulAvignonFestival d'Avignon
August 2004
13 AugBaselwelt in basel
14 AugBaselwelt in basel
15 AugBaselwelt in basel
September 2004
22 SepBrusselKaaitheater
23 SepBrusselKaaitheater
24 SepBrusselKaaitheater
25 SepBrusselKaaitheater
October 2004
20 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
21 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
22 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
23 OctToulouseThéâtre Garonne
November 2004
16 NovOhioWexner Center for the Arts
17 NovOhioWexner Center for the Arts
18 NovOhioWexner Center for the Arts
19 NovOhioWexner Center for the Arts
December 2004
14 DecBrooklyn, NY.Brooklyn Academy of Music
16 DecBrooklyn, NY.Brooklyn Academy of Music
17 DecBrooklyn, NY.Brooklyn Academy of Music
18 DecBrooklyn, NY.Brooklyn Academy of Music
January 2005
19 JanBruggeCC Brugge
21 JanGentKunstencentrum Vooruit
22 JanGentKunstencentrum Vooruit
25 JanMulhouse CedexLa Filature
26 JanMulhouse CedexLa Filature
February 2005
02 FebNiceTNN - Théâtre National de Nice
03 FebNiceTNN - Théâtre National de Nice
08 FebParisThéâtre de la Ville
09 FebParisThéâtre de la Ville
10 FebParisThéâtre de la Ville
11 FebParisThéâtre de la Ville
12 FebParisThéâtre de la Ville
15 FebRotterdamRotterdamse Schouwburg
19 FebTorinoTorinodanza
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25 FebBrusselLes Halles de Schaerbeek asbl
26 FebBrusselLes Halles de Schaerbeek asbl
March 2005
11 MarHamburgDeutsches Schauspielhaus
18 MarAntwerpendeSingel
19 MarAntwerpendeSingel
29 MarVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
30 MarVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
April 2005
01 AprVilleneuve d'AscqLa Rose des Vents
12 AprEvry cedexThéâtre de l'Agora
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31 MayMontréalFestival de Théâtre des Amériques
June 2005
01 JunMontréalFestival de Théâtre des Amériques
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22 JunHamburgDeutsches Schauspielhaus
July 2005
06 JulMarseille Festival de Marseille
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27 JulWienImPulsTanz
28 JulWienImPulsTanz
August 2005
30 AugBrusselKaaitheater
31 AugBrusselKaaitheater
September 2005
08 SepAmsterdamStadsschouwburg Amsterdam
14 SepGroningenStadsschouwburg Groningen
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19 SepStockholmKulturhuset
22 SepStockholmKulturhuset
24 SepStockholmKulturhuset
October 2005
18 OctBarcelonaTeatre Lliure
19 OctBarcelonaTeatre Lliure
22 OctRouenFestival Automne en Normandie
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27 OctNamurThéâtre de Namur
28 OctNamurThéâtre de Namur
29 OctNamurThéâtre de Namur
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08 NovAnnemasse cedexChâteau Rouge
10 NovChamberyEspace Malraux
12 NovValenceLa Comédie de Valence
18 NovSevillaTeatro Central Premiere
19 NovSevillaTeatro Central
21 NovMálagaTeatro Cánovas
22 NovMálagaTeatro Cánovas
24 NovGranadaTeatro Alhambra
25 NovGranadaTeatro Alhambra
December 2005
06 DecRennes cxThéâtre National de Bretagne
07 DecRennes cxThéâtre National de Bretagne
08 DecRennes cxThéâtre National de Bretagne
09 DecRennes cxThéâtre National de Bretagne
13 DecNantes cedex 1Le Lieu Unique
14 DecNantes cedex 1Le Lieu Unique
15 DecNantes cedex 1Le Lieu Unique
16 DecNantes cedex 1Le Lieu Unique
20 DecLeuvenStadsschouwburg Leuven
January 2006
17 JanMartiguesThéâtre des Salins
25 JanGrenobleMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
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28 JanGrenobleMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
February 2006
01 FebLimoges cedex 1Théâtre de l'Union
02 FebLimoges cedex 1Théâtre de l'Union
22 FebCrawleyPerth International Arts Festival
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25 FebCrawleyPerth International Arts Festival
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28 FebCrawleyPerth International Arts Festival
April 2006
27 AprBudapestTrafo - House of Contemporary Arts
28 AprBudapestTrafo - House of Contemporary Arts
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03 MayParisThéâtre de la Ville
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17 JunZürichZurcher Festspiele
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25 JunWienImPulsTanz
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09 JunANGERS ced. 02Le Quai - CDN
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18 JunAthensAthens and Epidaurus Festival
August 2007
31 AugWeimarKunstfest Weimar GmbH
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02 SepHannoverTANZTheater INTERNATIONAL
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13 NovBucharestRomanian National Theater Festival
14 NovBucharestRomanian National Theater Festival
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06 DecReims CedexLe Manège de Reims
07 DecReims CedexLe Manège de Reims
March 2008
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23 MarBogotáFestival Iberoamericano de Teatro Bogotá
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07 FebPoitiersThéâtre - Scène Nationale de Poitiers
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21 MarAalstCC De Werf - Aalst
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21 AprKrakowKrakowskie Reminiscencje teatraline
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20 SepZagrebZagreb Theatre Festival
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23 SepWienBurgtheater
24 SepWienBurgtheater
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01 OctSèteScène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau
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24 OctSarajevo/ZenicaInternational Theater Festival MESS
November 2009
02 NovMoscowStanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
03 NovMoscowStanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
11 NovMadridFestival de Otoño en Primavera
12 NovMadridFestival de Otoño en Primavera
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16 MarGrenobleMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
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27 MayMetzMetz en Scènes
28 MayMetzMetz en Scènes
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15 SepBelgradeBITEF - Belgrade International Theatre Festival
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28 SepWienBurgtheater
29 SepWienBurgtheater
30 SepWienBurgtheater
November 2010
26 NovRéunionEspace Culturel de Champ Fleuri
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11 MayClermont-FerrandLa Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, scène nationale
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25 JunMontpellierLe Printemps des Comédiens
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06 JulMonsMars
07 JulMonsMars
October 2011
11 OctVeneziaFondazione La Biennale di Venezia
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13 DecBloisLa Halle aux Grains, scène nationale de Blois
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January 2012
21 JanUdineCSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG
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03 FebIbos cedex / TarbesLe Parvis scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées
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19 MarMaastrichtTheater aan het Vrijthof
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16 SepBeijingNational Center for the Performing Arts
17 SepBeijingNational Center for the Performing Arts
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26 SepGuangzhouGuangzhou Drama Art Center
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13 FebChâlons-en-ChampagneLa Comète
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19 MarRigaThe New Theatre Institute of Latvia
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29 AprEssenPACT Zollverein
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