Don Quixote
© Philippe Beloul


Don Quixote

Philippe Beloul is currently working on a staging of the well-known story of Cervantes, Don Quixote.

With his small group, Philippe identifies himself with Quixote, who begins an adventure that at first sight exceeds his capacities as an adventurer. Quixote begins at a lost battle. And Cervantes poses questions that are topical in today’s world, the transition, the search for a new history. Is it naive to find a new hero? Or new heroine?

The form of the performance is like a carousel of lecture-performances and tableaux vivants. It is a burlesque seance that tries to awaken the spirits of the book.

Everyone knows Don Quixote, without even having read the book. It stirs the possible memories of the spectator. The choice of passages that Philippe will read or play can cause confusion. Different actors play the characters of the book at different times. Some props will clearly originate from the time of Cervantes and Don Quixote, others make a contemporary connotation.

The viewer will always ask himself whether his neighbour knows more. Little by little, his curiosity will be aroused.

Philippe Beloul

The work of Philippe Beloul is situated within the performing arts field, also exploring other media or other platforms such as live tutorial performances and audio streaming event. He presents his works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer.

After studying dance in Cannes he worked for several years as collaborator and as performer. He created and performed for Les Ballets C. de la B. with Alain Platel in La Tristeza Complice (1995). He performed in Peeping Tom’s Une Vie inutile (2000) and realised the soundtrack for their show Le Jardin. He created the musical score for 5, a piece by Sarah Ludi for ZOO/Thomas Hauert in 2003. He performed with Hush Hush Hush, Walter Verdin and Alexandra Bachzetsis and played in the film Somewhere in Between, Pierre Coulibeuf’s film about Meg Stuart’s work.


Concept and creation: Philippe BeloulPerformers: Gert Beyns, Younes Zarhoni, Leandro Batista, Sille Beloul, Philippe BeloulResidencies: ARC, BUDA art centre, Vooruit, Netwerk Aalst, wpZimmer