Compagnie Artara
(Belgium, U.S. Debut)

La Chagrin des Ogres

(The Sorrow of the Ogres, U.S. Premiere)

Thur. May 21 8:00pm
Fri. May 22 7:00pm
Sat. May 23 3:00pm
Cowell Theater
Tickets: $20-$25 General Admission

Presented by SFIAF (duration 70 minutes)

Written and directed by : Fabrice Murgia / Cie Artara
Assisted by : Catherine Hance
Sound installation and management : Maxime Glaude
Video creation : Jean-François Ravagnan
Lighting creation : Manu Savini
Stage design : François Lefebvre
Costumes creation : Marie-Hélène Balau
General stage management : Matthieu Kaempfer
Video management : Giacinto Caponio
Lighting management : Emily Brassier
Sound management : Sébastien Courtoy
With : Laura Sépul, Emilie Hermans, Anthony Foladore
Produced by :
Le Théâtre National-Brussels. With the support of la Cie Artara, Festival de Liège, Théâtre & Publics. The text is published by Editions Hayez & Lansman (French and English version).


These performances of Le Chagrin des Ogres were made possible in part by the support of Wallonia-Bruxelles International.


A very strong sensation for the opening of the festival: the Belgian Chagrin des Ogres by Fabrice Murgia knits with an exemplary ambition a modern time tale very literally terrifying. ~ Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace

Everyone who has seen—or more accurately experienced— one of the shows Fabrice Murgia has written and directed to date, will no doubt remember Dolores’s harrowing voice in Le Chagrin des Ogres, or the stage bathed in red light in LIFE:RESET, or the strangely melancholy songs in Ghost Road. Every show creates an almost organic fusion of images, sounds and lighting effects which immerse the spectator in a wave of sensations.

La Chagrin des Ogres invites the audience to witness the world from the perspective of teenagers—a sensorial diving into the mental universe of present day youth. In order to nurture this dramatic fiction, the piece portrays a day unlike any other during which two teenagers will lose their share of childhood. Fabrice Murgia was inspired by two emblematic figures of the new millennium: Sebastian Bosse and Natascha Kampusch. In 2006, Bosse, a young German aged 18, fired at 37 schoolmates and professors at his former school before turning the gun on himself. He had announced his action on the Web. The same year, Natascha Kampusch, who had been kidnapped and imprisoned all her adolescence by an electrical engineer, escaped from her jail. She eventually became a talk-show host on Austrian television.



Born in 1984 in Rocourt, Belgium. In 2002 she started studying Dramatic Arts at the Conservatoire de Liège (ESACT). She graduated in 2006. First job experience with Tania Loper at the Théâtre Jean Vilar. In 2009, she started working on the creation of Le chagrin des Ogres that she is touring since then. As from 2010, she works a lot with the Isolat Company at the Théâtre de Namur (BE) where she presents, every year, street art and invisible theater shows. She is currently working on her own one woman show of which a first work in progress has been presented at the National Theater of Brussels (BE).


Born in Liège, Belgium, in 1982. She started studying Dramatic Arts in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from the Conservatoire de Liège (ESACT), and started working at the Théâtre de la Renaissance, a regional action-theatre Company. She embarked on the adventure of Le chagrin des Ogres and numerous ensuing collaborations with the Artara Company in 2009. In 2010 she was invited to join the Brussels National Theatre's group (troupe) of young actors. Since then she evolves alternating stock plays and contemporary creations on both sides of the Belgian linguistic border.


Born in 1988 in Liège, Belgium. Graduated in photography in 2009. Then graduated from the Conservatoire de Liège (ESACT) in 2013.
Theater: He played in Lettre d'un jeune garçon in the XS Festival of the National Theater of Brussels, directed by Fabrice Murgia in March 2012. Then he replaced an actor in the play Le chagrin des Ogres in 2012. He is currently working in Fabrice’s last creation Notre peur de n’être. He is also writing and directing his own first creation AUX YEUX DE TOUS.
In 2012, apparition in La tête la première by Amélie van Embt.
In 2012, he plays in a short movie La part Sauvage by Guérin Van Vorst.
In 2013, he plays in Danilo, directed by Benoît Mariage.

FABRICE MURGIA (Author & Director)

Fabrice Murgia wrote and directed his first production, Le chagrin des Ogres (The Sorrow of Ogres) for the Liège Festival (BE) in 2009. He then became an associate artist at the National Theater of Brussels. Within this framework and in coproduction with the LiègeFestival, the Ancre Theatre and the Tournai Arts Centre, Murgia created his next two productions: LIFE:RESET / Chronique d'une ville épuisée (LIFE:RESET / Chronicle of an exhausted town), a silent play, and Dieu est un DJ (God is a DJ) adapted from the text by Falk Richter. In July 2014 Fabrice Murgia worked on a new play Notre peur de n’être (Our fear of (not)being) that he presented last July at the Festival of Avignon (FR). In August 2014 Fabrice Murgia was awarded a Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale for Innovation in Theatre.

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