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June 1942, shortly before the raffle in Vél d’Hiv in France. Mado is 10 years old; she crosses the dividing line between the occupied zone and the free zone with a group of strangers, without her parents. The group is accompanied by a smuggler, who Mado’s mother previously payed with some expensive textile. She crosses the border at night, and takes a train alone to Vichy, before being welcomed by a peasant family in Auvergne for several years. Starting from the story of Mado, her grandmother, Léa Drouet transports us in her new creation, Violences. In it, rather than representing direct violence, Léa works in showing the conditions that make it legitimate. Alone on stage, inside a sandbox, she builds and undoes architectures made of walls, landscapes, borders, through which the storytelling evolves. With a dramaturgy of resonances, the story of Mado rebounds in recent events – the story of Mawda, a 2-year-old Kurdish girl shot dead by a Belgian police officer in 2018 – that echo what contemporary violence and its forms of resistance can be. If usually sand is what absorbs all traces, often erasing traces of violence too, here it also holds the promises of future configurations, which Léa Drouet, alluding to a child who plays, experiments and presents before our very eyes.
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Charleroi danse in the frame of News From Home
Conception, writing and interpretation: Léa Drouet
Dramaturgy: Camille Louis
Set design: Élodie Dauguet
Original music: Èlg
Assistant director: Laurie Bellanca
Light design: Léonard Cornevin
Production, diffusion: France Morin - Arts Management Agency
Delegate Production: Vaisseau
Coproduction: Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Coop asbl
With the support of: Actoral – Festival & Bureau d'accompagnement d'artistes, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service Interdisciplinaire, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles Paris, Shelterprod, Taxshelter.be, ING and the Tax-Shelter of the federal government of Belgium, SACD
Residencies: Kunstencentrum Buda, Charleroi danse, [e]utopia, La Bellone House of Performing Arts, MontevideoBack to top
Léa Drouet (1982, Villeurbanne, France) is a director and actress. She has a degree in stage direction from the Institut National Supérieur des Arts de la Scène de Bruxelles (I.N.S.A.S.), and has been living and working in Brussels since 2010.
Her work takes different forms and flows between installation, theater and performance. She founded VAISSEAU in 2014, a production house that tries to adapt to already existing styles and formats and to those still to come.
Despite the diversity of styles, a constant interest in certain questions is clearly perceptible. What is a group? What is the aesthetic of these diverse human organizations? How can we address this in the realms of the senses, sounds, bodies and material matter? How to share aesthetic experiences that translate these different relational organizations?
As she is closely involved in the alternative music scene in Brussels, Léa often collaborates with a range of these musicians. She also likes to surround herself with artists who combine several disciplines, such as actors/dancers/performers, visual/writers, etc.
0&, was presented during the edition 2014 of Festival XS in Théâtre Nationale in Brussels and was created in collaboration with Clément Vercelletto. The performance gathered a set of 20 performers for a tape-recorders concert. Several versions of this spatialized chorality was presented later at the invitation of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Bruxelles-Congrès train station (Derailment, 2015) and in Paris, in Palais de Tokyo, in the frame of the event Indiscipline (Tape ensemble, 2016).
Wo aber Gefahr ist, wächst das Rettende auch was presented at Les Brigittines skatepark as launching event of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2016. The event was built in collaboration with users of the skatepark around the concept of risk-taking and the accident, and was organised around interviews with three young skaters about their injuries and their relationship to risk, and the installation of a circle of fire in which skaters attempted dangerous figures in public.
Léa was invited in May 2017 by Camille Louis (philosopher and playwright, member of the kompost collective) in Athens as part of the night of aesthetics organized by Goethe Institut and Institut Français. She works on this occasion on a performance installation in the form of a free game called Squiggle, a verbal and sculptural conversational situation in the public space.
Her last creation, Boundary Games, was created in May 2018 at Théatre Les Tanneurs as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. This stage form offers the public a spatial and sound experience of composition and decomposition of ensembles by varying situations related to organization or group dynamics.
In the autumn of 2019, Léa Drouet created Les Hostilités [Hostilities] for the event l’Objet des mots (Festival Actoral, Marseilles and SACD). Written by Adeline Rosenstein and the fruit of a transdisciplinary collaboration between the two, the play tackles the question of violence and its contemporary forms. At the intersection of the scenic installation, sound and text, Les Hostilités does not offer a definition of ‘violence’ but rather addresses one of the strata of expression of this complex metamorphic reality.
Since June 2020, Lea Drouet is the new artistic coordinator for theater of Atelier 210 in Brussels.Back to top