Le Sous Sol

Le Sous Sol is the final part of Peeping Tom's first trilogy that had started in 2002 with Le Jardin, followed by Le Salon in 2004. Le Sous Sol was collectively created by the performers and premiered on 28 March 2007 in the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) in Brussels (BE). The piece toured throughout Europe and Japan from 2007 until 2009.

In Le Sous Sol, the members of the family encountered previously in the trilogy are now dead and buried, but live on underground. They find themselves in a strange world where social codes no longer exist; the family pecking order is ready to be turned upside down. Inspiration came from Dostojevski 's Bobok. The deceased characters talk about their death and ask themselves questions about the lives they have lived. The situational humour creates an important contrast. In this piece Peeping Tom brings the ancestors into play even more forcefully than before. An extraordinary addition is the collaboration with the 80-year-old butoh dancer Maria Otal.

Le Sous Sol was selected by the Belgian/Dutch Theaterfestival in 2007. The jury stated that: In Le Sous Sol, dance, theatre and singing pivot seemingly without effort, leading to dance theatre of the most humane of sorts.

Creation & performance: Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier, Samuel Lefeuvre, Maria Otal, Eurudike De Beul
Advice: Simon Versnel
Dramaturgy: Hildegard De Vuyst
Sound design: Juan Carlos Tolosa, Glenn Vervliet
Set design: Yves Leirs
Coproducers: KVS Brussel, Charleroi/Danses, Theatre de la Ville, Trafo Budapest, Scene National de Petit Quévilly-Mont Saint-Aignan

REVIEWS

"Sensual, cruel, very humorous."
Shinobu Review 06.02.2009 (in Japanese)

"The production radiates an endearing warmth and the often acrobatic movements and sour humorous moments are quite charming."
Theatermaggezien 08.2007 (in Dutch)

"Le Sous Sol is fascinating. The piece has an oppressive feel, but at the same time attracts your attention and you’re drawn into the story like a magnet."
8 Weekly 06.05.2007 (in Dutch)

"Le Sous Sol is rarely seen intriguing dance, theatre and music. In my opinion, the highlight of the season."
NRC Handelsblad 25.04.2007 (in Dutch)

"Le Sous Sol hesitates between farce and nightmare, naturalism and dream. The dance is spectacular and acrobatic"
La Libre Belgique 30.03.2007

before

2007

28-31 Mar 2007 KVS Brussel/Bruxelles (BE)
11-13 Apr 2007 La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d'Ascq (FR)
17 Apr 2007 Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas (BE)
19 Apr 2007 Magdalenazaal Brugge (BE)
24 Apr 2007 Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL)
02 May 2007 Stadsschouwburg Groningen (NL)
10 May 2007 CC Be Berchem (BE)
20 May 2007 Stadsschouwburg Eindhoven (NL)
24 May 2007 Théâtre Le Foudre Petit-Quévilly (FR)
30 May - 03 Jun 2007 Théâtre de la Ville Paris (FR)
06-08 Jun 2007 Tours (FR)
16 Jun 2007 Uzès (FR)
11 Aug 2007 Theaterfestival Boulevard 's Hertogenbosch (NL)
27-28 Aug 2007 Kaaitheater Brussel/Bruxelles (BE)
05 Sep 2007 Hannover (DE)
20 Oct 2007 Valence (FR)
23 Oct 2007 La Rochelle (FR)
14-15 Dec 2007 Trafo Budapest (HU)

2008

25-26 Jan 2008 Danse Emoi Limoges (FR)
31 Jan 2008 Le Manège La Roche-sur-Yvon (FR)
07-08 Feb 2008 Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE)
29 Mar 2008 Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines aint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR)
01-04 Apr 2008 Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes (FR)
10 Apr 2008 Le Carreau Forbach (FR)
22 Apr 2008 Stuk Leuven (BE)
25-27 Apr 2008 Ballet Preljocaj Aix-en-Provence (FR)
20 May 2008 Le Parvis Tarbes (FR)
22 May 2008 CC Agora Boulazac (FR)
01 Jun 2008 Charleroi Danses Charleroi (BE)
20-22 Aug 2008 Gessnerallee Zürich (CH)
22-25 Oct 2008 KVS Brussel/Bruxelles (BE)

2009

05-07 Feb 2009 Tokyo (JP)
11 Feb 2009 Tajimi (JP)
15 Feb 2009 Matsumoto (JP)
18 Feb 2009 Itami (JP)
26 Apr 2009 Bern (CH)
29 Apr - 01 May 2009 Genève (FR)
28-30 May 2009 Les Abbesses Paris (FR)
06 Jun 2009 Gent (BE)
24 Jul 2009 Kalamata (EL)