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MONSIEUR CHARLO

MONSIEUR CHARLO

Journey into the clownesque world of imagination

“Monsieur Charlo” will take you on an irresistible journey into the clownesque world of imagination, memory and catastrophe. A maestro and his butler encounter an unexpected twist of events after the loss of a loved one. They run into a sea of troubles which carries them far from home. “Monsieur Charlo” offers a unique performance full of movement and humanity, walking the fine line between laughter and tears.  The show is a physical comedy for adults, teenagers and kids with vivid imaginations.

The Hippana way

The art of this particular show is to transform the most basic ingredients into one beautiful and nourishing piece. The company produces a specially crafted style of theater charged with music, dance and acrobatics.

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Director

Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

Creation and on stage

Charly Magonza
Olivier Leclair
Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

In Collaboration with

Compagnie du Boulanger
Variéte Hablingbo

Light Designer

Ulf Grönhagen

Light Technician

David Allanic

Carpenter

Leo Persson

Graphic Design

Emmi Gröhn

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Woyzeck obeys. He does as he is told.

Eat your peas Woyzeck, eat your peas!

He is the hero of a modern tragedy made from the underpaid men and women of the working class. He is a Jack-Of-All-Trades, running from one job to the next until his own body becomes a simple tool, intended only for the use of others.

Woyzeck evolves in a world where he forgets who he is. Submitted to the will of authority he loses touch with his feelings and his senses. He is taught how to follow the rules but it is never enough. Do more! Do less! Simply do what is asked, nothing else.

Eat your peas Woyzeck, eat your peas!

He forgets how to live, so he eats his peas. As doubt arises in his mind, he swallows another bite of peas. He does not see Marie anymore. Is the baby still crying? He does not know anymore, so he gulps his peas. He is losing his grip, one pea at a time, little by little. Marie?

Eat your peas Woyzeck, eat your peas!

The Hippana way

Woyzeck is German playwright Georg Büchner’s unfinished drama. Written in the 19th century, the play deals with issues that continue to resonate today, perhaps even more than ever. Woyzeck is an everyman who becomes an antihero, whose destiny is doomed to fail from the very beginning. This play is reminiscent of the archetype of Greek tragedy. However, in the case of Woyzeck, society as a whole replaces the role of the divine authority. Society does not consider him as a decent human being and dictates what he can or cannot do. He is conditioned to follow orders, even when he is under the impression he acts upon his free will. Ultimately, he will confront the mask he was forced to bear and all the other masks he carries in his mind. Stripped down to his instincts, he faces his animals.

Just like in Greek tragedy, the chorus plays a fundamental role in our adaptation of Woyzeck. Powerful and disturbing, the chorus simultaneously embodies the untold and insufferable thoughts that go through his mind as well as the dark subconscious of humankind in general, also characterized by the half-human half-animal features of Woyzeck. In this version, Hippana looks at the story from the protagonist’s point of view, to reflect an absurd and wild world that does not belong to him, a world in which he feels crushed and reduced.

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On Stage

Hendrick Cramer
Antonio D’Angelo
Viki Kesmaecker
Sophie Lavallée
Caroline Martin
Ermanno Pingitore
Claudia Russo

Direction

Ermanno Pingitore

Composer

Simon Phelep

HELL GOES ROUND AND ROUND

HELL GOES ROUND AND ROUND

Synopsis

A peg-legged murderer, a rogue scientist, a man turning into a bicycle and an elevator ride to eternity. Witness a bluegrass death-folk trio’s trip through hell. Weigh your sins and approach the day of reckoning. Live banjo music. Pitch black comedy. This unsettling murder ballad ignites a twisted laughter, dark and delicious.

The particular death you die is not even a death, only an insanitary abstraction in the backyard

Hell goes Round and Round is a verborrhea of impossible stories, countless conspiracy theories and insoluble pancakes. The theme that lurks in the shadows is the transformation of humans into machines. If you take your bicycle for a long ride, sure enough you will turn into one. The same can be said about horses. Humans are changing things who take the shape and spirit of whatever they are riding. We have created a personalized hell; a tale of the absurdity of suffering and the endless repetition of human cycles moving forward always further towards the abstraction of death.

The Hippana way

Hippana Theatre likes to smash ideas to bits and piece the images back to together to bring new life to old stories. A spirit of renovation drives the company. Since its creation in 2015, Hippana has made five new shows that have toured internationally in the UK, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Germany and Italy.

The first beginnings of wisdom... is to ask questions but never to answer any

It is nearly an insoluble pancake, a conundrum of inscrutable potentialities, a snorter.

Creation

Kieran Fay
Tim Blewitt
Olivier Leclair
Alex McCaffrey

On Stage

Tim Blewitt
Olivier Leclair
Alex McCaffrey

Text

Flann O’Brien

SHINING VOICES

SHINING VOICES

Inspired by the movie by Stanley Kubrick

Sit down, put on your headphones and relax…

You are about to experience what it feels like to be inside the head of a man who is about to lose his mind.

Using binaural sound, Hippana Theatre recounts the story of Jack Torrance as he dives deeper into madness. Isolated in a hotel with his family, he struggles with his inner voices and hallucinations. The Shining is retold by a psychiatrist who entertains new discoveries about the mysterious mental illness we call schizophrenia.

‘’The voices are real. Not the sound of an actual person. But I know they exist.”

Project

Hippana Theatre adapts Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in an immersive 3D sound environment. Using binaural technology, the story of the Torrance family is revisited within the realm of auditory hallucinations. Delivered as a psychological investigation into schizophrenia and murder, actors Olivier Leclair and Tiia-Mari Mäkinen blur the lines between fiction and reality. The audience is transported through the horror, shifting between The Overlook Hotel and the study room.

Have you ever asked yourself how it might feel to be inside the head of a murderer or a schizophrenic? What kind of voices might be heard and how could they influence our daily routines? Instead of trying to analyze the psychology of a schizophrenic, why not ask ourselves what it might sound like; hearing voices which are not our own.

The Shining is not only a story of a man going mad and killing his family, it's also the story of thousands of families who live through the long northern winters, isolated and alone. Sometimes we love to hear these stories of violence but there is also the story of those who are gifted with "a voice". The Shining tells both of these stories with the feeling of what it is like to listen to the chatter of the mind.

Creation

Olivier Leclair
Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

On stage

Olivier Leclair
Tiia-Mari Mäkinen
Pete Dowse

Voices

Luca Malde
Iain Whitmore
Viv Jani
Jake Eiseman-Renyard
Deya Malde
Adam Long
Richard Bodek
Stephen King

Sound design

Dave Carey
Felix Parenteau

Sound Assistance

Callum Harrower

Masks

Kaat Vanthuyne
Marten Lierman

Photography

Michael Wharley
www.michaelwharley.com

Design

Tino Nyman
tinonyman.com

Special thanks to

Kim Leduc
and
Mario Leclair

MOLIERE’S THE MISER

MOLIERE’S THE MISER

Synopsis

For Love, for Fear and for the Money…

An empty house. No more food. A rich Harpagon wears the mask of poverty. He is preparing a scandalous wedding and gives the impossible task of preparing the feast to his servants.

Harpagon’s whole family becomes the boiling point of unexpected madness. A wild love triangle, lies and manipulations are all being revealed as Harpagon’s house goes completely out of wack. His servants search desperately for crumbs as they fantasize of a proper meal. They have been pushed to the edge of survival living within the extreme stinginess of their master. The play explores the hilarious and tragic impact of greed on a family fighting over love and money. As the rich get more and the poor stay poor, as the inequality gap rises, L’Avare speaks stronger than ever to a world run by money mongers.

Hippana Theater tells a frantic and twisted version of Molière’s The Miser. Inspired from Commedia Dell’Arte, this adaptation explodes with improvisation and acrobatics. A tragicomic alteration of the immortal figure of greed in it’s rawest form. This version of The Miser offers a unique performance every night due to the bold delivery of the actors and their unpredictable interaction with the audience.

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MOLIERE AND THE COMMEDIA

Why Molière? How does one study and adapt a text in 4 languages?

The text is the literary base for the ensemble. In the creation it is worked dramaturgically by the actors, it is stretched, torn apart, rewritten and worked to serve the necessity of a multilingual adaptation. The Miser / L’Avare/ L’Avaro / Der Geizige/ Saituri has become an image of a society, in which the fear of material loss has become a dominant factor in how politics and public opinion are shaped.

Harpagon’s household is a microcosm and a mirror of a social reality. His regime is one of fear: a very clever tool, cold-blooded and calculated. Costs-in-Use are being weighed up and whoever needs too much is sorted out. Harpagon’s servants work for him out of poverty, they come from everywhere. They have fled, they are lost and do not even understand themselves. The patron feeds them what is leftover from the meals and makes it clear he could destroy all hopes for a better existence by snapping his fingers. In this ambiance, hungriness and emotion grow rapidly until they explode in a storm of despair and love. What remains?

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Direction

Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

Creation and on stage

Antonio D'Angelo
Olivier Leclair
Jonas Schiffauer
Claudia Russo
Tiia-Mari Mäkinen

In Collaboration with

Comune di Prizzi
BAMP - Brussels Arts Melting Pot