Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company     


Gestural/Object/Puppet Theatre

[[North Pole, 4am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. A bear stares straight at them. The team gets ready... 

After introducing Backup to an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, the company is now working on a full-length version with the title Dimanche with a premiere in autumn 2019. Click here for more information about Dimanche. ///Nordpol, 4 Uhr morgens. In einem Schneesturm, der stark genug ist, um Mammutbaum umzufällen, findet ein gebrauchter Lieferwagen seinen Weg über den Eiskap. Drei Reporter landen auf dem Eis, als würden sie zum ersten Mal den Mond betreten. Ein Eisbär starrt sie an. Das Team macht sich bereit...

Backup wurde im August 2018 auf dem Edinburgh Festival Fringe präsentiert und die Kompagnie arbeitet derzeit an einer abendfüllenden Version mit dem Titel Dimanche, die im Herbst 2019 premieren wird.]]

A jewel of creativity and humour.
Le Suricate Magazine

Rarely is so much accomplished in so short a time. (They) make us laugh with their ingenuity and then break our hearts in two with their profound message.
The Scotsman

A charming blend of fact and fiction
with a vintage aesthetic and very current message.

Edinburgh Guide

(An) exquisite, heartbreaking show (with) abundant wit and elegance.
The Arts Desk


Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First 2018

Total Theatre Award in the category
Physical/Visual Theatre 2018

Prix SACD.Be 2018
for Company Chaliwaté and their work in physical & visual theatre



[[Show Duration  30 minutes
Audience Suitability 9 and over 
Stage Size Min 7m wide x 6m deep / Height clearance of 4m
Venue Capacity 250
Touring Party 4 or 5///Dauer 30 Min.
Altersempfehlung 9+
Bühnengröße Min. 7 m Breite x 6 m Tiefe / Höhe 4m
Geeignete Zuschauerzahl 250
Anzahl Personen auf Tournee 4 oder 5]]

Heleen De Boever


By & with Julie Tenret, Sicaire Durieux, Sandrine Heyraud
Dramatic criticism Alana Osbourne
Lights Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
Sound Loïc le Foll
Scenography by Zoé Tenret
Stage Set Construction Bruno Mortaignie (LS Diffusion) and Sebastien Munck
Puppets by Waw! Studios/Joachim Jannin
Puppets creators assistants Jean-Raymond Brassinne,
Emmanuel Chessa, Aurélie Deloche and Gaëlle Marras
Video Tristan Galand
1st AC Alexandre Cabanne
Key Grip Hatuey Suarez
Underwater filming Alexandra Brixy
Set construction Zoé Tenret et Sébastien Munck
General Stage Management Leonard Clarys
Stage Management Leonard Clarys with Isabelle Derr or Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin



See upcoming Dimanche dates here


17 & 18 Aug
Festival de Spa, Belgium

April Dimanche–work in progress: Flemish Cultural Centre Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands
13-21 Jan Backup at Southbank Centre, London Mime Festival, UK

Backup at Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK

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Co-produced with Le Théâtre de Namur; Le Théâtre des Tanneurs; La Maison de la culture de Tournai; Centre de la Marionnette de Tournai; La Mairie de Montataire – Le Palace (France) ; Le Sablier – Ifs (FR) ; Cie Focus ; Cie Chaliwaté.

With the help and support of FWB – Service du Cirque, des Arts Forains et de la Rue; Bourse CAPT; COCOF
and support from Escale du Nord – Centre Culturel d’Anderlecht; La Roseraie; Centre de la Marionnette de Tournai; Latitude 50 – Pôle des Arts du Cirque et de la Rue; Espace Catastrophe; Le Centre Culturel Jacques Franck; Maison de la Culture de Marche en Famenne; Centre Culturel d’Eupen; La Vénerie; Le Centre Culturel de Braine l’Alleud; Le Royal Festival de Spa; Le Théâtre Marni; L’Escaut; Résidence Libitum; Look’in’out; Festival XS.