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« A play for two performers in a sober and intelligent staging, a razor-sharp writing that admirably plays with the symbolic possibilities of the puppet, and an impressive interpretation-manipulation of mastery and nuance. A jewel of precision and poetry. »

Mathieu Dochtermann

Marionnette pour noctambules avisés, Toute la culture
15 mars 2022

The theatrical project Loco is inspired by the Russian author Nikolai Gogol’s short story ‘Diary of a Madman’, by Gogol’s own life and mental illness, and in part by our own experiences.

« All this comes, I think, from the fact that people imagine that the brain is housed in the skull; not at all: it is brought by a wind that blows from the Caspian Sea. »

Dairy of a Madman by Nikolay Vasilievich Gogol
Nikolai Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ is an absurd tale about the thin line between reason and insanity. The story’s main character is Poprishchin, a lowly civil servant whose life is thrown into turmoil following an encounter with the director’s daughter, Sofi. The love he feels for the inaccessible Sofi sets him on a delirious search for identity. “Maybe I am an earl or a general. Why do I look as if I’m just an insignificant employee? Maybe even I don’t know who I am.” As he puzzles over his status, he is compelled to question and investigate everything – even Sofi’s dog, Meggy. Eventually, madness offers Poprishchin the chance to break free of his miserable lot in life when he proclaims himself Ferdinand VIII, King of Spain. The deception briefly lifts Poprishchin out of his despair, only to plunge him deeper into ruin: the long-awaited ‘Spanish deputation’ will soon arrive to escort their King Ferdinand… to the asylum.

Award DRAC D’OR JULIETA AGUSTÍ for « Best show » from the 34a Fira de Titelles de Lleida en 2023.
Nominated for the Maeterlinck Awards of the Critics (Belgium) in the category « Artistic and technical realization » in 2022.

Award « Best scenic design » by the Círculo de Críticos de Arte de Chile (Chile) in 2022.

Cast & Credits

Direction and dramaturgy Tita Iacobelli
Staging, dramaturgy, scenography design and puppetry Natacha Belova
Cast by Marta Pereira and Tita Iacobelli (alternating with Anne Romain)
Choreography and outside eye Nicole Mossoux
Assisting dramaturgy and outside eye Raven Rüell
Light creation Christian Halkin
Puppets Loïc Nebreda
Sound Creation Simón González
Costumes Jackye Fauconnier
Scenography and assistantship to the staging Camille Burckel de Tell
Production Javier Chávez
Artistic Production Daniel Córdova
Lighting Gauthier Poirier dit Caulier
Production Company Belova-Iacobelli
Thanks for the artistic contribution to Sophie Warnant


Upcoming Dates
10-11 April : Teatro Franco Parenti di Milano, Milan (Italy) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira
24-25 April : Centre culturel de l’Arrondissement de Huy, Huy (Belgium) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira
3 May : CRAC´S Centre Culturel de Sambreville, Sambreville (Belgium) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira
11-12 May : FIDENA, Bochum (Germany) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira
15-16 May : Le Senghor Centre Culturel d’Etterbeek, Etterbeek (Belgium) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira
30 May : Le Bordeau, Saint-Genis-Pouilly (France) – Tita Iacobelli and Marta Pereira

Past Dates
30 March : Centre Culturel Braine-l’Alleud, Braine-l’Alleud (Belgium)
6-7 March : Festival Casteliers, Théâtre Outremont, Montréal (Canada)

8 November : Teatro BioBío, Concepción (Chile)
20 October – 4 November : Théâtre CorpArtes, Santiago (Chile)
7 May : Fira de Teatre de Titelles de Lleida (Spain)
4 May : Materia Magica, Klaipėda (Lithuania)
28-29 March : Centre Culturel de Nivelles (Belgium)
17-18 February : La Vénerie – Espace Delvaux, Brussels (Belgium)

20-21 December : Teatro Due, Parma (Italy)
28 November – 17 December : Théâtre de Poche, Brussels (Belgium)
18 November : Théâtre Antoine Vitez, Ivry (France)
10 November : Théâtre ATP de DAX (France)
8 November : Centre National de la Marionnette Jéliote, Oloron Sainte-Marie (France)
30 September – 1 October : Maison de la Culture de Tournai (Belgium)
8-9 September : Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)
28-29 June : La Biennale di Venezia – Festival Internazionale del Teatro (Italy)
6-17 April : Théâtre CorpArtes, Santiago (Chile)
12 March : La Nuit de la Marionnette, Théâtre Jean Arp, Clamart (France)

21-30 October : L’Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
5-9 October : Le Théâtre National de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (Belgium)
29-30 September : Théâtre de la Cité de Toulouse (France)
25-26 September : Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes, Charleville-Mézières (France)

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Poche Bruxelles, L’Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar Louvain-la-Neuve, Maison de la Culture de Tournai, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes Charleville-Mézières, Fondation Corpartes Santiago Chili, Le théâtre de la Cité de Toulouse.

With the help of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Arts de la scène


Belova - Iacobelli Theatre Company


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