A man, a woman and a girl share a house. The man spends his days in a company’s ice cellar. To kill time he collects newspaper cuttings on all sorts of gruesome events. In the meantime, his hyperactive wife loses herself in organising the household and making children’s clothes that she sells through her brother-in-law. The housemaid who assists her plays is the main focus of the man’s desires. In Menuet, this classic triangular relationship unfolds into a grand tragedy on a domestic scale.

The LOD composer Daan Janssens and director Fabrice Murgia are tackling the existential issues in Louis Paul Boon’s novel. The simple facts are presented three times in succession, each time through the eyes of one of the characters. This gives this banal situation a tragic depth. Solitude, shame and sexual desire are the basis for the 3D vision of man shown here. Menuet sketches a portrait of lonely people who hover between the normal and the abnormal, between speaking and silence. Daan Janssens and Fabrice Murgia go in search of this tension in the conviction that real life lies in this in-between zone.

(c) Hans Hemmert - BILDKUNST / SABAM Belgium 2017

Wed 14 Feb
19:30, Théâtre National Brussel (BE)
Thu 15 Feb
20:15, Théâtre National Brussel (BE)
Sat 17 Feb
20:15, Théâtre National Brussel (BE)
Wed 14 Mar
Le Maillon Strasbourg (FR)
Thu 15 Mar
Le Maillon Strasbourg (FR)
Tue 20 Mar
Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (LU)
Wed 21 Mar
Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (LU)



  • COMPOSITION Daan Janssens
  • DIRECTION Fabrice Murgia
  • DRAMATURGY Barbara Engelhardt
  • AFTER MENUET by Louis Paul Boon, German language translation by Barbara and Alfred Antkowiak; published under the title Menuett by Aufbau-Verlag Berlin und Weimar, 1975; © Aufbau Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin 1975, 2008. The novel is available in that current edition: Alexander Verlag, Berlin 2011 
  • DIRECTED BY Filip Rathé
  • SINGERS Cécile Granger (soprano), Raimund Nolte (baritone), Tineke Van Ingelgem (soprano), Ekaterina Levental (soprano, 2017-2018)
  • ENSEMBLE SPECTRA: Jan Sciffer (cello), Lisa De Boos (contrabass), Gabi Sultana (piano), An Raskin (bajan), Frank Van Eycken (percussion), Charles Michiels (clarinet), Wim Van Volsem (bassoon), Jan Van Duffel (horn), Pieter Vandermeiren (trombone), percussion: vibraphone, bass drum, glockenspiel, rotales, 3 cymbals, 2 bongos, 2 drums, 2 woodblocks, 1 thai gong (c), 2 tamtams, 2 tubular bells (b'-c''), vibraslap
  • VIDEO DESIGN Giacinto Caponio
  • LIGHT DESIGN Enrico Bagnoli
  • SET DESIGN Vincent Lemaire
  • STYLIST Emilie Jonet
  • SCULPTURES Anne Marcq, Anne Goldschmidt
  • COPIER Frederik Neyrinck
  • REPETITOR Gabi Sultana
  • DUTCH TRADUCTION Daan Janssens
  • TECHNICS Kurt Bethuyne, Victor Hidalgo, Wim Piqueur, Chris Vanneste
  • PRESS & COMMUNICATION Magalie Lagae, BE Culture
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER Isabel Vermeulen, Veerle Vervoort
  • PRODUCTION LOD muziektheater
  • COPRODUCTION Théâtre National Wallonie - Bruxelles, deSingel, SPECTRA Ensemble, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Artara, De Munt / La Monnaie, Centre Henri Pousseur
  • WITH THE SUPPORT OF ENOA : CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, Cultureel Akkoord Vlaamse Gemeenschap en Franse Gemeenschap



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