Silence Complice

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Project visual Silence Complice
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Help us to create this play and to organise positive exchanges between citizens of different backgrounds on sensitive social themes

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Silence Complice

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JOHN: Some words don't matter.

BILL: There's some others that do, but I don't know them.

 

Bill and John are both unemployed and go from race-course to race-course, hoping to one day snatch the winning ticket. One night, a man offers John to become the official trainer for one of his greyhounds. From the very start, the plan obviously stinks, but the idea of success and an escape from a mediocre life is so powerful that they will carry on in spite of everything.  

 

Compagnie tisserin plays Silent Partner, a tragic comedy that raises crucial issues on our place in a society that mainly relies on principles of the individual, profit and economic growth. 

 

In parallel with this artistic creation, people in precarious situations are invited to spend one night at the theatre with a guest of their choice and take part to one the four café-dialogues that will take place the day following each show: constructive afternoons of exchanges with the team and other members of the audience around a bowl of soup, cake and coffee. 

 

Why this artistic creation?

 

Silent Partner is a play written in 1987 by Australian author Daniel Keene and translated into French by Séverine Magois*. The tale is built around various, yet ever-topical, phenomena of social exclusions. For us, this story broaches such issues as success and failure, dreams and fantasies, humanity evolving in an increasingly mad world. Moreover, the stage direction is a veritable artistic challenge: there are only two actors on stage, engaging in a continuous dialogue structured in 22 scenes that all take place in different spaces and that are spread out over several weeks. 

 

* Silence Complice, © éditions théâtrales, 1999, 2011

 

Why an invitation to dialogue? 

 

Theatre is truly the ideal place to practise the art of observation and questioning. But we want to go further. We want to create a space for encounters and exchanges, in such a way that enriching conversations may emerge, resulting in new tales and stories...

 

The participants meet people from various horizons but share one common point: they've all seen a performance of Silence Complice. Theatre allows us reflecting personal histories and sends us back to the perception we have of ourselves, the others and the world in which we evolve.

 

The glance that we cast on each other has a great impact on our quality of life. We feel that it is crucial to create open spaces allowing us to question our opinions and judgements. 

 

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How will you organise these "café-dialogues"?

 

The café-dialogues will be organised in a way that encourages listening and sharing and the confrontation between several viewpoints using amongst others the principle of the World Café: in a convivial atmosphere, participants analyse a question by discussing in small groups around tables for several consecutive sessions lasting between 20 and 30 minutes. Participants switch tables after each session to “fecundate” their discussions with the ideas raised at other tables. The event ends with a plenary session summarizing the main ideas and conclusions. 

 

We will share the key points from conversations in the theatre hall and online, using visual and textural material including posters, accounts, drawings, collages, little films, poems written by a poet who will follow our work closely.

 

Where and when?

 

Performances: Wed 21, Thu 22, Fri 23 and Sat 24 October 2015, 20:00

Café-dialogues: Thu 22, Fri 23, Sat 24 and Sun October 201 2015, 12:00 – 15:00 at Saint Gilles' Maison du Peuple, Parvis de Saint-Gilles, Brussels, Belgium

 

Reserve your tickets :

- if you choose to contribute to our project and the perk you choose includes tickets, we will e-mail you to find out what time you want to come. 

- otherwise : 02 534 56 05 ou culture.1060@stgilles.irisnet.be - tickets 9 / 15 €

 

You can help us in many different ways!

 

Support us with your presence:

Come and see the show, take part to the dialogue, bake a cake, prepare a great soup.

Or offer us another contribution, like that of poetess Dorothy Oger who will attend a few Café Dialogues and will write poems herself, which should trigger the creativity of participants.

 

Support us and book your seats, or buy a seat for a friend. 

 

Support us and offer a seat to people wanting to attend and invite a guest, but who don't have enough money to do so at the moment. 

 

 

A step back in time: where did the idea of organising dialogues come from?

 

The first rehearsals of Silence Complice took place in the CPAS Salle Bernier in Saint Gilles in late 2014. This chance gave us an idea. Stage director Stien Michiels also works as a process facilitator: she accompanies dialogues in organisations and communities (www.theriverkeeper.be). From then on, in exchange for the use of the rehearsal hall and theatre, why could we not organise, in collaboration with the CPAS and Commune de Saint Gilles (particularly the social cohesion and cultural departments), a project with CPAS users allowing to launch a discussion in a constructive manner on the very sensitive subject broached by the play, in parallel with the artistic project? And thus contribute to the social fabric and reinforcement of collectivities. We decided to push back the creation to early 2015 and we started exploring many paths before finding the final format of the project in July. This process inspired us to create a non-profit organisation: cie tisserin. Silent Partner is our first project.

 

Our team:

 

Direction: Stien Michiels

Actors: Stéphane Brodzki / François Pinte

Video: Almudena Crespo

Set design: Saoud Mama

Musique & Sound: Frédéric Vercheval

Costumes: Delphine Coërs

Technical Support Vidéo & Sound: Benjamin Durfort

Assistant Set design: Esteban Lee Monin

Communication & Production: Stien Michiels

Assistant Communication & Public Encounters: Valentin Dayan

 

A project in collaboration with

 

The Commune de Saint-Gilles (Cultural Department and Social Cohesion Department), the CPAS de Saint Gilles, the European Week of Local Democracy (SEDL), The Riverkeeper - Dialogue Facilitation, Europe Refresh – A project initiated by Les Halles (Brussels), Le Carreau du Temple (Paris) and KissKissBankBank, taal-ad-visie

 

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Allocation of funds

Shows and Café Dialogues will be held regardless, but your help remains truly essential. Thanks to you, we could...

 

- Pay one hundred or so tickets for persons in precarious situations so that they can invite a guest of their choice to come and see the play

 

- Foresee a minimum remuneration for the artistic team, most of whom have worked for months with great pleasure and enthusiasm on the project, without being certain that 100% of their efforts would be rewarded: a stage director, two actors, a set designer, a video maker, a music composer, a costumer and several technical production and communication assistants. 

 

What if we get more than € 5000?

 

- We could organise catering in collaboration with Healthy & Affordable Brussels, a caterer that provides vegetarian meals from food surplus.

 

- Europe awaits :-) With your help, we could start making the necessary arrangements to travel with this theatre-dialogue format, thus engendering even more constructive encounters and exchanges. We could play in other Belgian communities and abroad, even with over-titles if we had the means. 

Choose your reward

For €1 and more

Thank you so much!: All little bits help. In the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés. Maybe you feel like contributing with your talents and passions? If you can welcome people, make coffee, host, facilitate, bake a cake, make some soup, take pictures, film, write, draw, enthuse, if you can help us to reach out to a diverse public for the theatre shows and the cafés and/or if you want to surprise us with unknown talents : please do contact us! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For all contributions of 10 € and + : les Halles de Schaerbeek offer you their Hlog reduction card! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ everybody who supports us from 9 euros upwards will receive the soundtrack of our theatre play : original compositions by Frédéric Vercheval, we will send you a link to download the music in november !

For €9 and more

PARTNER #9 - I GET 1 ticket at reduction price because I am a student, looking for work, -26/+65, actor... and we'll send you “the harvest” of the dialogue cafés by e-mail in the course of november 2015. Thank you so much for your contribution! We look forward to welcoming you at the theatre! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ everybody who supports us from 9 euros upwards will receive the soundtrack of our theatre play : original compositions by Frédéric Vercheval, we will send you a link to download the music in november !

For €15 and more

PARTNER #15 - I GET 1 : You receive a ticket for the theatre show and we send you “the harvest” of the dialogue cafés by e-mail in the course of november 2015. Thank you so much for your contribution! We look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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  • Delivery Novembre 2015

For €15 and more

PARTNER #15 - I OFFER 1 : Don’t need a ticket? Thanks to you someone who lives in precarious conditions can invite someone else for an evening at the theatre! And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you for the ticket you offered. Thank you so much for your contribution, so nice of you!
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For €30 and more

PARTNER #30 - I GET 1 / I OFFER 1 : Sharing is the new having ☺ You receive a ticket for yourself and thanks to you someone who lives in precarious conditions can invite someone else for an evening at the theatre! And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you for the ticket you offered. A big thank you already for your generous contribution, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €40 and more

PARTNER #40 - I GET 2 : Do you feel like an evening at the theatre for two? You will receive 2 tickets, 2 free drinks after the show and a souvenir you can collect that same evening : a series of 4 nice postcards with quotes from the theathre play. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you for the ticket you offered. A big thank you for your generous contribution, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €40 and more

PARTNER #40 - I GET 1 / I OFFER 1 : Do you prefer to offer on of your tickets to someone living in precarious conditions? That is possible! You receive a ticket for yourself and thanks to you someone who can’t afford it right now can invite someone else for an evening at the theatre! On top of that, you get 2 free drinks after the show and a souvenir you can collect that same evening : a series of 4 nice postcards with quotes from the theathre play. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you for the ticket you offered. A big thank you already for your generous contribution, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €40 and more

PARTNER #40 - I OFFER 2 : No need for tickets at all and/or feel like offering them to people living in precarious situations? Great! Thanks to you two persons who can’t afford it right now can invite someone else for an evening at the theatre! By post you will receive a series of 4 nice postcards with quotes from the theathre play. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the ticket you offered. From the bottom of our heart : thank you!
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  • Delivery Novembre 2015

For €60 and more

PARTNER #60 - I GET 2 / I OFFER 1 : And what would you think of a mix? You get two tickets for yourself and you offer 1 ticket to someone who can’t afford it right now. On top of that, you get 2 free drinks after the show and a souvenir you can collect that same evening : a series of 8 nice postcards with quotes from the theathre play. Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenir by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the ticket you offered. A big thank you already for your generous contribution, you are great, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
  • Backers: 4
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For €80 and more

PARTNER #80 - I GET 2 / I OFFER 2 :The perfect equilibrium : you get 2 tickets for yourself and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. On top of that, you get 2 free drinks after the show and a souvenir you can collect that same evening : a series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theathre play. Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenir by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the tickets you offered. A big thank you already for your generous contribution, you are amazing, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
  • Backers: 2
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For €100 and more

PARTNER #100 - I GET 2 / I OFFER 2 :You are simply to good to be true! You get 2 tickets for yourself and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. On top of that, you get 2 free drinks after the show and two souvenirs you can collect that same evening : a series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and a reproduction of an amazing work of art (videostill) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited edition 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the tickets you offered. A big thank you already for your generous contribution, you are magnificent, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
  • Backers: 9
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For €150 and more

PARTNER #150 - I GET 2 / I OFFER 2 : May we hug you please?! You get 2 tickets for yourself and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. On top of that, you get 2 free drinks after the show and several souvenirs you can collect that same evening : 2 series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and 2 reproductions of 2 amazing works of art (videostills) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited editions 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the tickets you offered. Thanks a million, you are splendid, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
  • Backers: 5
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For €250 and more

PARTNER #250 - I GET 2 / I OFFER 2 : We are speechless. We adore you. You get 2 tickets for yourself and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. On top of that, you get 4 free drinks after the show and several souvenirs you can collect that same evening : 4 series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and 3 reproductions of 3 amazing works of art (videostills) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited editions 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the tickets you offered: we will personally write it, perform it and record it for you! Thank you so so much, you are simply fabulous, we look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €500 and more

PARTNER #500 - I GET 4 / I OFFER 2 : You got us dancing on the table! We think the world of you and we will tell everybody how absolutely great you are! You get 4 tickets for yourself and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. We’ll make sure a bottle of champagne awaits you after the show as well as several souvenirs you can collect that same evening : 4 series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and 4 reproductions of 3 amazing works of art (videostills) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited editions 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and a personal thank you poem for the tickets you offered: we will personally write it, perform it and record it for you! On top of that we will organize a meet and greet with the artists, when you like and with whom you like. We will mention your name or logo on the programm if you wish. And the cherry on the cake : you are entitled to a unique work of art by our set designer Saoud Mama (no design): this man really works wonders with recycled industrial material! You are welcome in his studio and together you decide which object you would like to see transformed into a source of light. (Yes, literally ☺)Thank you so so much for your generosity, you are extraordinary, did you know that? We look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €750 and more

PARTNER #750 - I GET 8 / I OFFER 2 : We are tap-dancing! We are deeply impressed and don’t know where to go with all the positive adjectives we associate you with. You get 8 tickets for yourself and your friends/team and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. We’ll make sure two bottles of champagne await you after the show as well as several souvenirs you can collect that same evening : 8 series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and 8 reproductions of amazing works of art (videostills) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited editions 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and several personal thank you poems for the tickets you offered: we will personally write them, perform them and record them for you! On top of that we will organize a meet and greet with the artists, when you like and with whom you like. We will mention your name or logo on the programm if you wish. And the cherry on the cake : you are entitled to a unique work of art by our set designer Saoud Mama (no design): this man really works wonders with recycled industrial material! You are welcome in his studio and together you decide which object you would like to see transformed into a source of light. (Yes, literally ☺) Thank you so so much for your generosity, you are absolutely wonderful we bow in deep gratitude. We look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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For €1,000 and more

PARTNER #1000 - I GET 8 / I OFFER 2 : Hallelujah! We can’t praise you enough. Our gratitude can fill an ocean. You get 8 tickets for yourself and your friends/team and you offer 2 tickets to people living in precarious conditions. We’ll make sure two bottles of champagne await you after the show as well as several souvenirs you can collect that same evening : 8 series of 10 nice postcards with quotes from the theatre play, and 8 reproductions of amazing works of art (videostills) by our video artist Almudena Crespo (limited editions 1/30) Can’t make it to the theatre that evening after all? We’ll send you your souvenirs by post. And in the course of november you will receive by e-mail the “harvest” of the dialogue cafés and several personal thank you poems for the tickets you offered: we will personally write them, perform them and record them for you! On top of that we will organize a meet and greet with the artists, when you like and with whom you like. We will mention your name or logo on the programm if you wish. You are entitled to a unique work of art by our set designer Saoud Mama (no design): this man really works wonders with recycled industrial material! You are welcome in his studio and together you decide which object you would like to see transformed into a source of light. (Yes, literally ☺) And to crown it all: let’s get together to see how combine all our talents to support you in whatever it is that you need and give you and your team/group of friends an experience you will never forget. Be ready to be loved to bits ☺ Thanks a million, you are out of this world, really, do your peeps know how much you rock? We look forward to welcoming you at the theatre!
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