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Celine Delbecq | Black Beast Co.

Creation October 2019 -1h30

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored”

Aldous Huxley

Marta Mendes, a 58-year-old Portuguese immigrant, collects press articles relating to marital murders. She hangs them on the wall and learns the list of victims by heart, like a crazy person. 

Descriptif Cinglée

Writing and staging  Celine Delbecq |  With  Yves Bouguet, Stephane Pirard, Anne Sylvain, Charlotte Villalonga  | Music  Peter Kissling Scenography and costumes Thibaut de Coster and Charly Kleinermann Light  Julie Petit Etienne General management  Aude Ottevanger | Assistantship  Delphine Peraya Choreographies  Charlotte Villalonga, Stephane Pirard |  External glances  Silvia Berutti-Ronelt (dramaturgy), Sylvie Storme (vocal), Johanne Saunier (choreography) | Building Vincent Ruttern | Pictures Alice Piemme/AML |  Support and dissemination BLOOM Project/Claire Alex 

Since Marta Mendes stumbled across an article chronicling the “first” marital murder of a woman of 2017 in Belgium, she has spent her days combing the newspapers in a feverish search for those who will follow. Faced with the list which grows irremediably and which she keeps track of day after day, in front of the boxes of archives which pile up, Marta sees no other choice than to write to King Philippe who, she is sure, will know how to put an end to this situation which is making her sick.

“When you read an article, it's a news item. But when you look at the boxes, it's a genocide. »

This play traces the obstacle course of a resistance fighter won over by the madness of a world that refuses to see, recognize and act.

Her fight, and that of Céline Delbecq by her side, is also that of vocabulary, of the words used by the media to talk about these feminicides whose name we do not say.


How to Understand the Silence Surrounding the Chilling Facts We Witness  ?   What defines us as human subjects in the face of crime?  ?  Our ability to  put oneself in another's place  can it be the lever of all human revolt  ?  

Production  Rideau de Bruxelles, Compagnie de la Bête Noire, Théâtre des Ilets/CDN de Montluçon FR, Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar/LLN, Cultural Center of Dinant, Maison de la Culture de Tournai/maison de création, La Coop asbl.

With the help and/or support of CC Jacques Franck, CC Mouscron, CC Gembloux, Festival Paroles d'Hommes, La Vénerie, Stop 59, CC Comines-Warneton, 140, Chartreuse Cnes de Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon, WBTD , The mixed committee/FWB, Department for the Promotion of Letters of the Ministry of the French Community of Belgium, Shelterprod,, ING, Tax-Shelter of the Belgian federal government, WBI, and Ministry Wallonia-Brussels Federation – Direction du Théâtre – CAPT

Code Star Art and Life 1256 - 60

Agenda Cinglée
AGENDA 2019-2020

*CRÉATION* Rideau de Bruxelles (Be)

10 > 26/10/2019

Maison de la culture de Tournai/maison de création (Be)

05 > 06/11/2019

Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar, Louvain-La-Neuve (Be)

07 > 20/11/2019


Centre Culturel de Mouscron (Be)


Arrêt 59, Foyer Culturel de Péruwelz (Be)

Centre Culturel de Comines-Warneton (Be)

Théâtre des Ilets / Centre Dramatique National de Montluçon (Fr)

26 > 28/11/2019

Centre Culturel de Huy (Be)

Centre Culturel de Gembloux (Be)

24 > 25/01/2020

Centre Culturel Régional de Dinant (Be)

Festival Paroles d’Hommes, Herve (Be)

Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Bruxelles (Be)


La Vénerie, Watermael-Boitsfort (Be)

06 > 07/02/2020

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Lecture : PISTE D'ENVOL, Le Rond-Point, Paris (Fr)


Lecture : Chartreuse CNES (Festival d’Avignon) - Rencontres d'été


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