Reporters de guerre

Touring production
©Dominique Houcmant - Goldo

At the beginning of the nineties, hundreds of journalists travelled from all over the world to follow the conflict in Yugoslavia in the heart of a Europe that believed it was immune from war. About thirty years later, what remains of that experience for us, now spectators of a new conflict? In his first work as author and director, Sébastien Foucault stages a play on storytelling, its limitations, as well as its fight against indifference and forgetting.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

At the beginning of the nineties, hundreds of journalists from all over the world travelled to Bosnia to report on the war and on the attack on Sarajevo. Among them was the Belgian correspondent for RTBF, Françoise Wallemacq. About thirty years later, based on the radio reports that she delivered at the time, Sébastien Foucault has created a theatrical performance on the responsibility of reporting. For Foucault – who has acted for Milo Rau in the plays The Civil Wars and La Reprise – the play is a springboard for a reflection on his way of practicing documentary theatre and on the limitations of staging a story. Constantly oscillating between journalism and theatre, the work brings to the stage Françoise Wallemacq, as well as the ex-journalist Vedrana Božinović, who reported on the attack on Sarajevo and later became an actress, and Michel Villée, an ex-press officer for MSF Belgium and now a puppeteer. Alternating various performance techniques, the actors use the theatre to transform archive radio reports into artistic material. On stage, Françoise, Vedrana and Michel draw on personal memories as well as the accounts of the local and international journalists that documented the war, and the experiences of eyewitnesses that the Belgian journalist interviewed at the time and who she traced twenty-five years later. These are vivid, personal and original experiences that each of them explores with their own resources, in order to find a way to face the future.

Duration: 120’ without interval

The Playbill

Reporters de guerre
by Sébastien Foucault, Julie Remacle and ensemble
dramaturgy by Julie Remacle
directed by Sébastien Foucault
with Françoise Wallemacq, Vedrana Božinović, Michel Villée 
research Sébastien Foucault, Françoise Wallemacq, Vedrana Božinović, Michel Villée, Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Mirna Rustemovic, Maxime Jennes, Nikša Kušelj
sets Anton Lukas
lighting Caspar Langhoff
sound Kevin Alf Jaspar 
a Que Faire? Asbl and Théâtre de Liège production
in coproduction with Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras-Douai (France), Théâtre Les Tanneurs, NTGent
with the support of Théâtre & Publics, IIPM, Teatro Nazionale di Zagabria (Croatia), Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium, Inver Tax Shelter and RTBF
with the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles – Service Théâtre & Démocratie ou Barbarie (Décret-mémoire)

A show in French, English and Bosnian, with Italian surtitles

During the performance you hear a strong blow due to a fake explosion



Category of performance International Hosted Shows
Stalls full price € 40 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 23
Balcony full price € 32 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 20

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