FleeTheFrenzy! (WaanVlucht! / FuirLaFolie!) -
Salute the deserter

Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor / Ruud Gielens & Marijs Boulogne / Frederic Rzewski [BE]

(in Dutch and French)


20 September 2014 at 8pm - Kaaitheater, Brussels - premiere
21 September 2014 - at 2pm & 6pm - Kaaitheater, Brussels
12 October 2014 at 2.30pm and 6pm - Minard, Ghent
13 December 2014 at 4pm & 7pm - Cité Miroir, Liège


Salute the deserter (Ode aan de deserteur)

The opening performance of FleeTheFrenzy! (WaanVlucht! / FuirLaFolie!) took place on the weekend of the International Day of Peace – 21 September 2014. In the context of WWI memorials, the Brussels Brecht-Eisler Chorus has invited six other Belgian choruses to work together on a major project on peace.

FleeTheFrenzy! is the first part in a two-year story of those victims who even in current wars are often left out of the picture: deserters and conscientious objectors. This musical theatre project is a call to salute the deserter as someone who actually dares to question the meaning of war.

The performance is staged in the streets near the Kaaitheater, whose names all refer to WWI: IJzerplein, Ieperlaan, Diksmuidelaan, Negende Linielaan, Pantsertroepenplein and so on. It ends at the Kaaitheater with the performance of Ode aan de deserteur [Ode to the Deserter] by the Brussels-American composer Frederic Rzewski. The performance will also consist of songs and poems (Joyce, Tucholsky, Van Ostaijen etc.) on desertion and accounts by runaway conscientious objectors.

Direction: Ruud Gielens & Marijs Boulogne | Music: Frederic Rzewski e.a. | Musical direction: Lieve Franssen, Francis Danloy, Tom Deneckere, Luk Cluysen, Mouchette Liebman, Peter Spaepen, Lucy Grauman | Text & dramaturgy: Marijs Boulogne| Choruses: Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor, Novecanto, C’est des Canailles, Omroerkoor, Chorale Rue de la Victoire, StemmerIk zeg adieu | Actors: Georges Ocloo, Karim Kalonji, Pitcho Womba Konga e.a. | Solists: Kobe Baeyens, Noémie Schellens, Lucy Grauman | Musical support: Björn Denys (Triatu) percussions, Chantal Levie, piano | Poster: Ruth Flikschuh | Video: Jspr.

Production: Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor | Co-production: Kaaitheater | i.s.m. vrede vzw | With support: Vlaamse minister voor Brussel, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Vlaamse Overheid, VISITBRUSSELS and Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest | thanks to: Argos, and Leger des Heils / l'Armée du Salut


more links:







Fotos Jan Lietaert 

Lieve Franssen for RTBF

Ruud Gielens about WaanVlucht - Radio Klara 

Agenda Magazine

Brussel Nieuws


Indymedia Brussels



Reviews / Documents / Technical Rider / Hi-res photos


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Reportage about the event




FleeTheFrenzy! (WaanVlucht! / FuirLaFolie !) - Salute the deserter - promo (2014) 



Waanvlucht animation




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