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 Jiménez 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.