In the late 19th century, the "scandalous" sensuality of the Passions humaines by Jef Lambeaux shocked Belgium's royal family and the Church. The King ended up censoring the impressive bas-relief by the young sculptor. However, other factors were involved: artistic rivalry with the flamboyant architect Victor Horta, political skulduggery between Belgium's Catholic old guard and the Saudi sheiks, plots and deceptions, devious art critics and prostitutes. So this is what is also revealed by the work being brought to light again thanks to the restoration of the Horta Temple, where the work was concealed in the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels. The leading Flemish director Guy Cassiers has made it the main heroine of an authentic Belgian docudrama! With a text by Erwin Mortier, new technologies, the visual arts and theatre are combined to produce an exceptional bilingual work.
Production Toneelhuis Coproduction National Theater (Bruxelles), Fondation Mons 2015, le manège.mons, la ville d'Anvers.
With Katelijne Damen Tom Dewispelaere Kevin Janssens Marc Van Eeghem Claire Bodson Thierry Hellin Vincent Hennebicq Serge Larivière Muriel Legrand Candy Saulnier Jorre VandenbusscheMise en scène Guy CassiersTexte Erwin MortierTraduction Marie HoogheDramaturgie Erwin JansConception costumes Tim Van SteenbergenConception vidéo Kurt D'haeseleerConception lumièreStef AlleweireldtConception son Diederik De CockCarine CuypersProduction ToneelhuisCoproduction Théâtre National Fondation Mons 2015 Le Manège Mons Stad Antwerpen