'Out of Darkness', image and sound performance

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Out of Darkness | Sortir du Noir

Mary Jimenez & Bénédicte Liénard

In parallel to conducting educational theatre workshops with students and migrants in various secondary schools in Liège,  Théâtre de Liège is getting everything set for the first public presentation of  'Out of Darkness', conceived by filmmaker Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard, that will be held on 13, 14, 15th March 2019 in the 'Salle des Pieds légers' space of the theatre

This work involves a sharp and sensitive reflection on the reality of migratory flows and in particular by the question of the duty of burial. 'Sortir du noir' will occur in a space where the spectator will be close to the actor, including him in the scenography, thus creating a form of travel. The scenography designed by Sabine Theunissen seeks to involve the audience in an intimate reflection on the question of burial, the soil strewn with sand, projections of sea on the walls, etc. to immerse yourself fully in the powerful universe of the two directors. The journey opens on a map retracing the construction of the walls, barbed wire, borders and camps, details the circumstances and locations of the deaths of thousands of migrants and presents fear through photos of inhabitants and locations positioned on the 'right side' of the border. Visitors are then invited to enter a funeral chamber, a space and time for contemplation.

The presentation will include a sample of the stories collected in Tunisia as well as other testimonials collected by the two project leaders. The show will be intentionally short in order to best convey the intensity of the subject, creating an intimate situation without creating discomfort. The notion of an interaction between image, sound and live performance will be at the service of the delicate subject of the burial duty. The show will mix images and stories to best represent this reflection. The theatre stage becomes a place of speech for the forgotten, a place of healing. A burst of light affects the amnesia to heal and think.

Watch the teaser of 'Out of Darkness' and book your places.

'Sortir du Noir' is produced by DC&J Création with the support of Tax Shelter of Belgian Federal Government, Inver Tax Shelter and Théâtre de Liège. 

Involved Artist
Directed by Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard
Performers Estelle Franco and Jaouad Alloul
Scenography Sabine Theunissen
Images and mounting Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard
Video creation Aliocha Van der Avoort
Stage management Kevin Jaspar

Mary Jimenez Born in Peru, she studied architecture at Lima and then enrolled in Film studies at Insas in Belgium. Writer and director for more than thirty years, she keeps, several of her fictions and documentaries, among which ‘Spelling Love’, ‘La Position du lion couché’, ‘Le Dictionnaire selon Marcus’ and ‘Héros sans visage’, have been selected in major international film festivals.

Bénédicte Liénard Born in the Borinage (Belgium), graduated in 1988 from Louvain-La-Neuve Institut des Arts de Diffusion, she directed several documentaries before her first feature, ‘A Piece of Sky’ (2002), selected at Cannes (Un Certain Regard) and in several other festivals. She directed several documentaries widely screened in festivals and on TV, among which ‘About Trees and Coal’, and ‘Glowing Embers’ co-directed with Mary Jiménez.

Source: Festival Marrakesh



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