Backup Focus Company & Chaliwaté Company

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Chaliwaté Backup

North Pole, 4 am.

Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia,
a used-up van finds its way across the icecap.
Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping
on the moon for the first time. A bear stares
straight at them. The team gets ready...

The Focus Company and the Chaliwaté Company come together to write collectively.

For a long time we have been following and appreciating each other’s work. It became clear that we had a similar approach to our art and it was obvious that we shared a common taste for unusual theatrical forms. As if we spoke the same visual, artisanal and poetic language.

We want to mutualise our skills and tools to shape something special combining movement art, object theatre, the marionette, stage acting and video. This new project is a logical next step in the creative process and artistic exploration of both companies. We work meticulously, concentrating on the smallest details to create a singular visual, metaphoric and poetic language, which grows from daily life, the personal and intimate experience, the “infra-ordinary”, aiming to touch the universal and question that which no longer seems to concern us.


Coming shows

  • 03/08/2023  >  05/08/2023
    La Strada Festival, Vienne, Autriche
  • 26/08/2023  >  27/08/2023
    Boing Festival, Canterbury, Royaume-Uni
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Chaliwaté Backup
Chaliwaté Backup
Chaliwaté Backup
Chaliwaté Backup
Chaliwaté Backup
  • Created and interpreted by :
    Julie Tenret, Sicaire Durieux, Sandrine Heyraud
  • Lights by :
    Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
  • Sound by :
    Loïc le Foll
  • Stage Set Construction by :
    Zoé Tenret
  • Video by:
    Tristan Galand
  • 1st AC :
    Alexandre Cabanne
  • Key grip :
    Hatuey Suarez
  • Underwater filming :
    Alexandra Brixy
  • Video set construction :
    Zoé Tenret et Sébastien Munck
  • Puppets created by :
    Wow! Studios - Joachim Jannin. Puppets creators assistants : Jean-Raymond Brassinne, Emmanuel Chessa, Aurélie Deloche et Gaëlle Marras
  • Dramatic Criticism :
    Alana Osbourne

  • Productions des Cie Focus et Cie Chaliwaté. En coproduction avec le Théâtre de Namur (BE), la Maison de la Culture de Tournai (BE), le Palace - Théâtre de Montataire (FR). Avec l’aide de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Service Théâtre (Bourse de recherche). Avec le soutien de L’Escale du Nord - Centre culturel d’Anderlecht, le Centre de la Marionnette de Tournai, Latitude 50 - Pôle des Arts du Cirque et de la Rue, l’Espace Catastrophe, La Roseraie, le Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, la Maison de la Culture de Marche-en-Famenne, le Centre culturel d’Eupen, la Vénerie, le Centre culturel de Braine l’Alleud, le Festival de Spa, le Théâtre Marni, AD LIB Production (Résidences au LIBITUM) et le Festival XS.