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Founded in 2008, Das Fräulein (Kompanie) is designed to develop and promote the work of Belgian artist Anne-Cécile Vandalem. The resulting creations are original works that the artist conceives, writes and directs. Das Fräulein (Kompanie) is currently subsidized by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

In 2003, Anne-Cécile Vandalem began to create and write plays: Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï (2003) and Hansel and Gretel (2005) with Jean-Benoît Ugeux. Already, fiction is her preferred medium and her essential means of expression.

From 2008 to 2013, habitation plays a major role. The artist sees it as the perfect place of confinement, by which and with which everything happens. Starting from an ultra-realistic universe, Anne-Cécile defines the framework of so-called domestic tragedies, within an individual frame with (Self) Service, a family one with HABIT(U)ATION and a collectives one with After The Walls (UTOPIA).

But Looking for DYSTOPIA, hinge show currently being written, opens a new cycle of work for the artist.

In 2014, Anne-Cécile Vandalem leads off exploring the modalities of posture and imposture. She questions the subject/individual’s capacity for action and transformation of reality within different societal spheres, and addresses the issue of disclosure and fragility as honest posture and / or strategic one in her writing. Her new productions  Still too sad to tell youTRISTESSES and WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?  testify in their own way these new aesthetic concerns.

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2016. Far right parties are on the rise throughout Europe. In the countries of Northern Europe, National Awakening—an antidemocratic, populist movement led by Martha Heiger. In Martha’s birthplace, a suicide has taken place. Leader’s visit to the peninsula for her funeral is announced. Ellen, a young teenager, sets out to assassinate the woman threatening her and her country’s future. But on the day of the funeral, the situation drastically changes…

TRISTESSES is a theatrical performance whose main theme is the relation between power and sadness. Borrowing the conventions of detective fiction and political comedy, Anne-Cécile Vandalem explores with humor one of the most formidable political weapons of the day: making the masses sad. Through cinematographic stage design, she shines a spotlight on the power of the media and the ways censorship functions in the open or, insidiously, in the shadow.

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Concept and direction  Anne-Cécile Vandalem – Das Fräulein (Kompanie)
Music  Pierre Kissling
Settings  Ruimtevaarders
Images  Fédéricco D’Ambrosio
Creation and video control  Benoît Gillet

With Selma Alaoui, Véronique Dumont, Epona Guillaume, Séléné Guillaume, Zoé Kovacs, Lili Kovacs, Ghila Kovacs, Charly Kovacs, Aurélie Lannoy,Vincent Lecuyer, Gaetan Lejeune, Jean-Benoit Ugeux. Nathalie Yalon, Mélanie Zucconi
 

Production Das Fräulein (Kompanie)

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