© Marie Gyselbrecht


Franck Chartier / Peeping Tom

Vader is an ode to life, full of song, dance and sidekicks.

The father sits in a strange, sunlit retirement home, surrounded by other old people. His daily activities are interspersed with memories and regret. Age hinders awareness, gets in the way of understanding, rhythm becomes hampered and passion tempered. Everyone fades bit by bit. 

The ‘oldies’ are encouraged to sing songs and learn verses. In this micro-society, everyone gets a turn to speak. Everyone is given a chance to unburden their hearts, scream old anxieties or free themselves from one nostalgic pain or another. With love, they look back and try to rekindle the passions of the past. 

Now and then the children visit their father. They ask, question and blame. Theirs is a particular energy that sees to it that what was always left unsaid is suddenly discussed. 

The father must consider what he wants to leave for them: the beauty of life or a tragedy? Inheritance becomes a chance to reveal a deeply hidden secret. The hour of truth has come – but maybe it’s time to push the tables and chairs aside and dance? 


REGIE & DRAMATURGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE & DRAMATURGIE / DIRECTION & DRAMATURGY Franck Chartier & Gabriela Carrizo VAN & MET / DE & AVEC / BY & WITH Leo De Beul, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hun-Mok Jung, Simon Versnel, Maria Carolina Vieira, Yi-Chun Liu & Brandon Lagaert MET DE HULP VAN / AVEC L'APPUI DE / WITH THE HELP OF Eurudike De Beul ARTISTIEK ASSISTENT / ASSISTANT ARTISTIQUE / ARTISTIC ASSISTANT Seoljin Kim PRODUCTIE ASSISTENT / ASSISTANT PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Camille De Bonhome KOSTUUMS / COSTUMES Peeping Tom GELUIDSCOMPOSITIE / COMPOSITION SON / SOUND DESIGN Raphaëlle Latini, Ismaël Colombani & Eurudike De Beul LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING DESIGN Peeping Tom & Giacomo Gorini DECORONTWERP / CONCEPTION DÉCOR / SET DESIGN Peeping Tom & Amber Vandenhoeck TECHNISCHE LEIDING / DIRECTEUR TECHNIQUE / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Filip Timmerman TECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE Joëlle Reyns, Hjorvar Rognvaldsson, Wout Rous & Amber Vandenhoeck CONSTRUCTIE DECOR / CONSTRUCTION DÉCOR / CONSTRUCTION SET KVS Atelier ZAKELIJKE LEIDING / DIRECTEUR ADMINISTRATIF / GENERAL MANAGER Quentin Legrand PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Anastasia Tchernokondratenko SPREIDING / DISTRIBUTION Frans Brood Productions COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen - Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Brussels - GREC Festival, Barcelona - Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg - Théâtre de la Ville, Paris - Maison de la Culture, Bourges - La Rose des Vents, Villeneuve d'Ascq - Le Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC L'APPUI DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Szene Salzburg Sommerfestival, De Vlaamse Overheid