This musical theatre show sets out with a very simple goal: to present Jacques Brel’s music, life and thoughts in a direct, minimalist, intimate way.
The result is “a show of lyrical power and beauty” (Barry Ronge, theatre critic, The star tonight)
With over 400 performances behind them Cedric Vandenschrik (Christian Deni) and Stella Konik have proved irrevocably the timelessness and relevance of Brel’s work.
This show was first put together in 1995 and has since received critical acclaim all over the world. The show as so far been performed as far a field as United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Reunion, Ireland, Italy, Edinburgh Festival, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The setting is simple, a pianist and a singer, exposed to the audience. A lot of the songs are sung in the original French, but a clever script, and some songs in English allows non French speakers to understand the meaning of the work and the flow of the show bringing them closer to the true essence of Brel. Cedric Vandenschrik (Christian Deni) and Stella Konik take a deeper look at the man behind the music with some of Brel’s best work.
Cedric’s Belgian background is a variable that does not go unnoticed, since Brel was himself Belgian. This undoubtedly allows him to dive into the Brel Character and expose it’s most intimate aspects. The songs are stories, characters brought to life by the universal language of song. Brel was a master at describing everyday situations and tying eternal emotional links with these bitter sweet characters. “Marike”, “Les Bourgeois”, “The old Folks” and many more.
Jacques Brel’s life was a great adventure. He lived intensely, following his feelings, his rebellions and his passions.
His songs were stories, pictures, living tales of success, failures, adventures, friendship, dreams, disillusions, heartaches, pain… Brought up in a bourgeois family, Jacques Brel was respectively an eccentric, author, composer, performer, actor, director, always giving everything he had in whatever he did.
When Jacques Brel left us, it was as though he took with him a little of the potential that lies dormant in each of us.