The piece walks an assured line between the absurd, the poignant and the disquieting. This company is one to watch. The Stage ★★★★
From four images flow a smorgasbord of emotions……In just under an hour and a half Flesh, Belgian theatre company Still Life, communicates tragic truths about the human condition all without uttering a word. BroadwayWorld ★★★★★
Life has moments of sudden twists and turns. Acclaimed at the Avignon Festival in France and the London International Mime Festival in the UK, Flesh by the Belgian company Still Life is a highly praised production consisting of four wordless, darkly comic short-form pieces. In these almost absurd everyday situations that swing between tragedy and comedy, the play explores the presence and absence of the physical body: by the bedside of a critically ill loved one, on the night when bandages are unwrapped after plastic surgery, in a VR adventure aboard the Titanic, and among siblings fiercely dividing their mother's ashes. Through meticulously crafted physical vocabulary, the audience is guided to rediscover life and the human body.
“Death is always present – it reminds us that we are alive,” declares the Belgian company Still Life, whose unceasing exploration of the theme of death has been undisguisedly candid yet intriguing since their inaugural production, Où les hommes mourraient encore. Creators Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola, both fervent admirers of hyperrealistic sculptor Ron Mueck, aspire to craft stories on stage where the line between reality and illusion blurs seamlessly, and everyday scenarios take unexpected turns, “we wanted to make people look differently at the world – to create a theatre without words that was meaningful.”
Review from the British weekly newspaper The Stage remarks that “the piece walks an assured line between the absurd, the poignant and the disquieting.”
Concept & Director / Sophie Linsmaux, Aurelio Mergola
Script / Sophie Linsmaux, Aurelio Mergola, Thomas van Zuylen
Performer / Muriel Legrand, Sophie Linsmaux, Aurelio Mergola, Jonas Wertz
Stage Direction & Movement / Sophie Leso
Set Design / Aurélie Deloche
Assistant Stage Design / Rudi Bovy, Sophie Hazebrouck
Trainee Scenographer / Farouk Abdoulaye
Props / Noémie Vanheste
Costume Design / Camille Collin
Seamstress / Cinzia Derom
Technical Director / Nicolas Olivier
Lighting Design / Guillaume Toussaint-Fromentin
Sound Design / Éric Ronsse
Stage Manager / Charlotte Persoons
Masks & Puppets / Joachim Jannin
Off Voice / Stéphane Pirard
General Assistant / Sophie Jallet
Photo / Hubert Amiel
Administration / Marion Couturier
Development & distribution (French speaking territories) / BLOOM Project
Distribution (worldwide) / Aurora Nova
Production / Compagnie Still Life
Coproduction / Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Centre culturel de Huy, Kinneksbond/Centre culturel de Mamer, la Coop asbl and Shelter Prod Delegated production Théâtre Les Tanneurs With the support of the Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - service du théâtre, Théâtre National de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Taxshelter.be, ING, Tax-shelter of the Belgian federal government and WBTD With the participation of the Centre des Arts scéniques With the support of the Liège Festival and the 140
Still Life is an associate artist of Théâtre Les Tanneurs.
Still Life Flesh
Approx. 80 minutes without intermission
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※Approx. 80 minutes without intermission
※Suggested for ages 15 and above