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Theatre play of Virginie Jortay


This is the story of an only child growing up in the 1960s, the wild years of women's emancipation and sexual liberation. Alongside her parents, she associates with a host of more or less eccentric characters: Mamy Pilule, Papy au visage tout brûlé, Marraine, the little neighbor, Sister Thérèse, Elvira Madigan, the dentist and the doctor, the telephone friend, the best friend, the Other, the architect, the collaborator, Karajan and Richter, the jeweler's son, the soul mate, the big neighbor, Woody (Allen), Bruno Cremer, Akerman (Chantal), the impotent... and Serge Reggiani.


Virginie Jortay's first novel, adapted for the stage, is divided into some thirty brief tableaux, as many flash sequences that follow one another like frantically turning the pages of a thrilling book. In a score for two narrators and a doll, the two actresses - Janine Godinas and Anne Sylvain - take up the different voices and interpret this child, in the successive stages that link her to a mother who is probably ill. In between: absence, silences and unspoken words. A cash writing style that takes us between past and present as if in a rally of stages, right up to the final revelation, underpinned from the start. The taboo of an inconceivable truth.




Virginie Jortay (text, stage direction)
Anne Sylvain (text adaptation, performance)
Janine Godinas (performance)
Valérie Jung (set & costume design)
Stéphanie Daniel (light)
Lise Bruyneel (video)
Paola Pisciottano (sound)
Myriam Saduis (dramaturgy)

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Groupe Kuru 

Théâtre de Liege, Central-Centre Culturel de La Louvière, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod



Ces enfants-là is a complete show in which set, music and lighting are of paramount importance. They are the co-creators of a lively universe, sometimes oppressive, sometimes funny: a shag carpet that has a life of its own, motley objects that hold timeless memories, images projected on a screen, and so on.

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