plays

Marijs Boulogne’s plays have been translated in more than seven languages and have been performed in ten countries under her own direction. She wrote and directed:

Marzipan or Plexi

Written by Marijs Boulogne 
2008-2009

In our kingdom, in the darkest dungeon of the palace, lives a singing mermaid, who calls herself Plexi. She is rotting away as the most precious jewel in the zombie crown prince's private collection or rare female creatures which he keeps in a big secret tank. Meanwhile, duty-wise, the zombie prince has to get married and procreate, so he finds himself a very special girl, the highly pregnant Marzipan, or perhaps we should say that she finds him and discovers that he owns a secret aquarium, where she meets Plexi the mermaid and her dancing girly fish friends.

Marzipan really wants to marry the zombie prince to finally set him free, but upon discovering the beautiful singing and dancing creatures in his aquarium, the lust for treachery simply becomes too strong so she, the queen-to-be, starts to dream of a revolution with Plexi as her henchwoman.

Marzipan or Plexi performance:
After creating a short 20 minute version of the performance for Brut Vienna, with Ragna Aurich as Marzipan and the Brussels punk legend on drums, the unbeatable Emmanuelle Roisin as Plexi, Marijs continued to work on her concept of gravity, the power of attraction between masses, and its result, gravidity (pregnancy). In the next version of the performance, presented in Ljubljana and Vienna, the actress Eva Schram played the role of the witch princess Marzipan, and Timna Vanhecke was Plexi, the dancing and singing mermaid.

For the Belgian tour in 2010 the performance was reinforced with the young composer and conductor Peter Pázmány who created, arranged and coached additional compositions for the choir of fishes.

Written and performed in English.
Thanks to the coaching of Sabina Potocki and Marianne Van Kerkhoven.

AWARDS
Financially supported by the Siemens Arts Program grant and a residency in Tanzquartier Vienna in 2009.

RELATED
Marzipan or Plexi performance
If Fishes Could Talk workshop 


The Anatomy Lesson

Written by Marijs Boulogne
2006

The Anatomy Lesson tells the story of an embroidered fetus through various decolourations and wrinkles, a study lesson about the human body becomes a fairytale, one that can never answer the question: And what of the pain? As long as we can speak of what we see in front of us and we can describe the forms and colours, we can come to the only conclusion in the end in a ritual celebrating life even when it never happened.

The Anatomy Lesson was written, embroidered, directed and performed by Marijs Boulogne. The English version of the theatre performance The Anatomy Lesson was created after the long interactive sessions with the audience during the Excavations process, and has toured many countries since 2006.

Original written in Flemish (Dutch)
Translated to the following languages:
English by Marijs Boulogne 2007
French by Pieter and Marijs Boulogne 2007

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The Anatomy Lesson – A Forensic Fairytale
Excavations project

Pas - maar al rot (Tragedie), 2007

PERFORMANCE TEXT IN ENGLISH


Good Habits

Written by Marijs Boulogne and Manah Depauw
2004

A girl, who is shot in the belly by a careless hunter, resides in the landscape between life and death in a forest where six lost girls’ spirits and a centaur try to make sense of all good habits that we are supposed to learn in life and in death. They show her the way to stay there without sorrow or regrets. Eating bark and leaves, taking steps towards becoming part of tree of life, the hunter tries to save his wounded accidental victim, but the lost girls starts to make a stake to burn with passion and live dangerously evermore.

The Dutch performance, subtitled in French, premiered on Kunstenfestivaldesarts festival 2004 in "Le Petit Theatre Mercelis" in Brussels. The live music was performed by the composer Jim Denley. Ragna Aurich starred in the different main characters and also inspired and co-designed the final story during the entire work process.

The performance toured later in a different version by Manah Depauw for the French audience, after a residence in Theatre National de Belfort.

Written and performed in Flemish (Dutch) and French language.

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Good Habits performance


Picknick!

Written by Marijs Boulogne as a variation on Fernando Arrabal's drama Pique-nique en campagne (Picnic on the Battlefield)
2004

A post-apocalyptic world, as if a bomb has destroyed every living creature, except for some children, who - like the grass and the strange mutated trees - have survived everything.
On the grass knoll there is a battle camp that the good soldier occupies with a few garbage bags as sandbags, a few homemade guns, empty bottles as shells and a field phone made of a coffee machine, antenna and an old loudspeaker. All utensils in their world are made of various types of broken objects from the previous world, everything has been given a new function and the kids - they are playing 'war' and 'mummy and daddy' and 'nurse' all at the same time.
Mommy and daddy are having a picnic at their son’s, who has set up his camp in the middle of the battlefield. There is a canon, there are different sort of guns, grenades, poison gas, an enjoyable picnic and, finally, there is the enemy, with his filthy little ideas. 
It is a philosophical-cannibalistic play about war, the question why war exists, about pain, the feeling of hurting people, about dying, about happiness and love.

Performance directed by Marijs Boulogne and assisted by the dramaturge Bart Capelle with five children on the stage was presented at the Youth theatre Bronks, Brussels in 2004.

AWARDS
Picknick! was nominated for the toneelschrijfprijs (best Dutch language play) of 2004. Original written in Flemish (Dutch)

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Picknick! performance


Love Zero Control/Hotel Zero Control

Written by Marijs Boulogne and Manah Depauw
2002/2003

The text used for Hotel Zero Control performance was assembled from a cluster of various texts written by Manah Depauw and Marijs Boulogne in 2002/2003.

A play for 2-4 different voices, who tell the story from the perspective of a young girl, who talks about her garden, the garden of her neighbours and the incredible story of what happened one day after the early spring. She had planted the seeds in her garden but everything rotted because of the pitiful weather and white maggots appeared in the garden, digging tunnels and inviting the girl to follow them into one of them, she goes deep down, until she reaches the palace of the Mother of Death, Mother Hein, where she left all her kids behind when she disappeared. These little worms ask the girl to be their new mother, they invade her body through all the holes, and while she goes back up to the air in the garden through the tunnels, they eat her from the inside. She spends one whole summer digging herself out. Once she is on the surface again, her body goes with her to the meat factory of the neighbour, to ask if she can be his gardener. The neighbour is a big butcher, he has a garden with knife flowers and needle grass, so gardening, she cuts herself and lets the maggots escape from her body through all the holes. They go all the way to the meat factory to eat everything, it is a big disaster, so the butcher gets very upset and wants to slaughter her to take her meat instead - but she is completely empty on the inside. So he has to let her go, back to her own garden she goes, where she gets a consolation from all the snails that live on her cherry tree, in the form of a birth of a very special baby.

Love Zero Control was performed as Hotel zero control, for the annual theatre festival in Oostende at the Theater aan Zee in 2003. It was a two-hour piece in 3 parts. With a musical listing overture, an interactive discovery trip through the hotel in very small groups and a theatre text of one hour for the complete audience. The entire cast stayed at the abandoned Art Deco hotel in the centre of the city, working to prepare the shows in residence there for over a month. To satisfy their basic needs, get warm water for instance, they had help from the whole city community.

Written and performed in Dutch.

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Hotel Zero Control performance


Endless Medication

Written by Marijs Boulogne and Manah Depauw
2001

Endless Medication tells the story of Rosa, a girl that cannot weep. She was made pregnant by the JesusChristMachine and will soon give birth --through her intestines-- to the grandson of God. God appears in the shape of a talking bulb and the pregnancy takes on the shape of a watermelon growing under Rosa's skirt. Since the child is developing in Rosa's intestines it blocks her metabolism: the watermelon must be excised/aborted. With the help of God, Rosa will finally give birth (out of her leg) to a little boy who never cries. The story ends with Rosa's incarceration in a madhouse, an infanticide and a trial in which Rosa is condemned to endless medication.

The Dutch-language version of theatre performance Endless Medication was created by Marijs Boulogne and Manah Depauw as graduation project at the RITS School of ARTS in Brussels in 2001. In 2005 Depauw’s role was taken over by the Flemish actress Sara De Bosschere (De Roovers collective).
Several language versions of the performance were created: French (2003), Italian (2004) and English (2005). In 2006 the Slovene adaptation of Endless Medication, co-directed by Marijs Boulogne was performed, followed by the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language version in 2007. Different language versions and adaptations of Endless Medication performance have been presented all across Europe and in Canada, in total over 100 times.

Original written in Flemish (Dutch) and French
Translated to following languages:
English translation by Marijs Boulogne
Italian translation by Silvio Castiglioni
Slovene translation by Tanja Lesničar-Pučko (published in Apokalipsa monthly magazine, number 94/95, 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Bosnian–Croatian-Serbian translation by Jelena Petrović (published in Profemina magazine, Belgrade, Serbia)

AWARDS
In 2002 the performance Endless Medication wan The Theater aan Zee young talent award, 10.000 euro and 4 years artistic residence in the art centre STUK in Leuven.
In 2003 the play Endless Medication received the Belgian SACD prize for the best Dutch text of the year. The same year the Endless Medication performance was selected as one of 8 best Dutch language performances of the year for the Theaterfestival in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language adaptation of Endless Medication entitled V(j)ečna Medikacija won an award as the bravest and the most innovative project of International Festival PATOSOFIRANJE in Smederevo, Serbia in 2009.

EXCERPT FROM THE PLAY

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Endless Medication performance
Večna medikacija performance

Endless Medication - performance photos
6.5 endless medication - city of women 2005 photo by nada zgank 2.3 vecna medikacija cow 2006  by nada zgank   

with Manah Depaw                   with Sara De Bosschere                Slovene adaptation


Herzschmerz

Written by Marijs Boulogne
1998

During World War II, in a village, in a house surrounded by sheep and booby traps, a grandmother to be has saved an enemy to be executed by the resistance. Pure out of being contrary, she hides him in her living room while she is trying to discover what it is that is so bad about him. He refuses to become familiar with her warm homemaking attempts and even starts to torture the family, while the sheep step on the land mines and explode and the resistance comes to kill him after all.

All is written in a pidgin German, between old Flemish and dialects.

Performance was presented on 23 and 24 March 1998 at the RITS art school Brussels with Eva Schram, Jobst Schnibbe, Liesbeth Adriaenssen, Joris Vandenbrande, Colin Waeghe, and Marijs Boulogne.


Voulez vous poeper avec moi?

Writen by Marijs Boulogne
Inspired by the play Voulez-vous jouer avec moâ? of Marcel Achard (1923) and Pjeeroo Roobjee's later adaptation of the same play. 1997

In Marijs Boulogne’s version, a beautiful young woman, Therese, hides from bombardments of World War I regularly in the same cave, with two best friends who are desperately in love with her, Crockson and Rascasse. One is a deserted soldier and the other a school-teacher suffering from panic attacks. Together they start a bet about making love with Therese. Then the hiding shelter gets invaded by a German soldier, while Theresa is there all alone, he tries to rape her, but she manages to take his gun and shoots him. At the same time she accidentally shoots her two admirers, who return to the cave with bread and jam from the ration. They all hallucinate, partying together end saying goodbye to the beautiful life, except for Therese, who gets to be the centre of all admiration.

Written and performed in Dutch.

Performance was presented on 26 May 1997 at the RITS art school Brussels with Leen Vanbekbergen, Koen Van Gorp, and other actors from the amateur theatre group and workshop by Greta Van Langendonck from the Actors studio in Leuven, Belgium. Thanks to the coaching and dramaturgy of Sam Bogaerts.