© Oleg Degtiarov

Vader 2014

Vader, directed by Franck Chartier, is set in the visiting area of an old-folks home whose towering walls accentuate the fact that the action takes place deep underground. At the centre of this netherworld, somewhere between the world of the living and the dead, stands the figure of the father, who seems to be distancing himself gradually from the human community. His fading is drawn, not from the story of one individual, but from the mythology of the father.

In scenes that explode into action, and just as suddenly stop, this figure appears at once as God-like and ridiculous, as possessed of a rich mental life, and as disconnected, decaying, empty. His past may harbour a deep secret, or maybe he is simply mad or delusional. The other residents and the staff wonder at him, regarding him with amusement and hatred, affection and indifference.

The piece plays on the widening gap between perception and reality. With poignancy and wit, Vader explores the moment when the memories (or are they fancies, hallucinations?) of an old man constantly threaten to tip the realities of daily life into fantasy. The world premiere took place on 10 May 2014 at our partner Theater im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen, DE).

Franck Chartier about Vader:

“[Father is set] in the last house, in the last moments of one’s life. It’s a house in which you can’t have any contact with society anymore, and you just analyse your past. For us, it was nice to go deeper into the character of the father, to see where we come from and what we received from him. We go inside ourselves, what we live, what we feel. Of course, we amplify things and render them a bit more dramatic, but basically, everything comes from ourselves, and it is nice if we can touch the audience, it’s nice to see them cry and laugh.”

Tour Dates

May 2014
10LudwigshafenTheater im Pfalzbau
11LudwigshafenTheater im Pfalzbau
June 2014
03MontpellierPrintemps des Comediens
04MontpellierPrintemps des Comediens
20DresdenHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts
21DresdenHELLERAU - European Center for the Arts
25SalzburgSzene Salzburg
26SalzburgSzene Salzburg
July 2014
16BarcelonaGrec Festival de Barcelona
17BarcelonaGrec Festival de Barcelona
18BarcelonaGrec Festival de Barcelona
September 2014
02GenevaFestival La Bâtie
03GenevaFestival La Bâtie
21ZagrebZagreb World Theatre Festival
22ZagrebZagreb World Theatre Festival
October 2014
01AmsterdamInternationaal Theater Amsterdam
02AmsterdamInternationaal Theater Amsterdam
10Reggio EmiliaFestival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri
23BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
24BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
25BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
29BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
30BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
31BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
November 2014
06OsloDansens Hus
07OsloDansens Hus
08OsloDansens Hus
14SevillaTeatro Central
15SevillaTeatro Central
19GranadaTeatro Alhambra
December 2014
09CologneSchauspiel Köln
10CologneSchauspiel Köln
13GenkC-mine Cultuurcentrum
16StrasbourgLe Maillon
17StrasbourgLe Maillon
18StrasbourgLe Maillon
February 2015
17BourgesMaison de la Culture
18BourgesMaison de la Culture
March 2015
18MarseilleLe Merlan
19MarseilleLe Merlan
20MarseilleLe Merlan
21MarseilleLe Merlan
25Villeneuve-d’AscqLa Rose des Vents
26Villeneuve-d’AscqLa Rose des Vents
27Villeneuve-d’AscqLa Rose des Vents
April 2015
01NamurThéâtre de Namur
02NamurThéâtre de Namur
May 2015
06LuxembourgLes Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg
07LuxembourgLes Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg
16MunichMünchen Dance 2015
17MunichMünchen Dance 2015
June 2015
July 2015
07ParisThéâtre de la Ville
08ParisThéâtre de la Ville
09ParisThéâtre de la Ville
10ParisThéâtre de la Ville
11ParisThéâtre de la Ville
August 2015
22VordingborgWaves Festival
23VordingborgWaves Festival
September 2015
03HannoverTanztheater International
09AmsterdamHet Theaterfestival (NL) / Stadsschouwburg
11BrusselsHet Theaterfestival (BE) / Kaaitheater
12BrusselsHet Theaterfestival (BE) / Kaaitheater
October 2015
November 2015
17ChambéryMalraux, Scène Nationale Chambéry Savoie
18ChambéryMalraux, Scène Nationale Chambéry Savoie
December 2015
08BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
09BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
10BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
11BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
January 2016
14Cergy-PontoiseL'Apostrophe, Scène Nationale Cergy-Pontoise
15Cergy-PontoiseL'Apostrophe, Scène Nationale Cergy-Pontoise
19La Roche-sur-YonLe Grand R
20La Roche-sur-YonLe Grand R
28DunkerqueLe Bâteau Feu
February 2016
03MulhouseLa Filature, Scène Nationale
09LimogesFestival Danse Emoi
10LimogesDanse Emoi - Biennale 2016
11LimogesDanse Emoi - Biennale 2016
13BriveLes Treize Arches
March 2016
03StockholmDansens Hus
04StockholmDansens Hus
09ToursThéâtre Olympia
10ToursThéâtre Olympia
11ToursThéâtre Olympia
15LyonMaison de la Danse
16LyonMaison de la Danse
17LyonMaison de la Danse
22EchirollesLa Rampe
23EchirollesLa Rampe
May 2016
28TorunKONTAKT - International Theatre Festival
29TorunKONTAKT - International Theatre Festival
February 2017
27TokyoSetagaya Public Theatre
28TokyoSetagaya Public Theatre
March 2017
01TokyoSetagaya Public Theatre
05MatsumotoMatumoto Performing Arts Centre
12ToyohashiToyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT
15HyogoHyogo Performing Arts Centre
18BiwakoBiwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga
November 2017
21MaubeugeLe Manège
22MaubeugeLe Manège
December 2017
20Clermont-FerrandLa Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand
21Clermont-FerrandLa Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand
January 2018
16CaenThéâtre de Caen
17CaenThéâtre de Caen
February 2018
03DijonOpéra de Dijon
08ViseuTeatro Viriato
10GuimarãesCentro Cultural Vila Flor
April 2018
01BelgradeBelgrade Dance Festival
02BelgradeBelgrade Dance Festival
13Aix-en-ProvenceLe Pavillon Noir
14Aix-en-ProvenceLe Pavillon Noir
May 2018
October 2018
05TaipeiNational Performing Arts Center
06TaipeiNational Performing Arts Center
07TaipeiNational Performing Arts Center
October 2019
08GenovaTeatro Nazionale
09GenovaTeatro Nazionale
December 2019
18ToulonThéâtre Le Liberté
19ToulonThéâtre Le Liberté
June 2021
09BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (20 Years Peeping Tom)
10BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (20 Years Peeping Tom)

Franck Chartier

Directorial assistance and dramaturgy
Gabriela Carrizo

Creation and performance
Leo De Beul/Jef Stevens, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hun-Mok Jung, Brandon Lagaert,Yi-Chun Liu, Simon Versnel en Maria Carolina Vieira, with the aid of Eurudike De Beul

Artistic assistance
Seoljin Kim, Camille De Bonhome

Sound composition and arrangements
Raphaëlle Latini, Ismaël Colombani, Eurudike De Beul, Renaud Crols

Sound mixing
Yannick Willox

Light design
Giacomo Gorini & Peeping Tom

Costume design
Peeping Tom & Camille De Bonhome

Set design
Peeping Tom & Amber Vandenhoeck

Set construction
KVS-atelier, Filip Timmerman, Amber Vandenhoeck

Technical direction
Filip Timmerman

Peeping Tom

Theater im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen), KVS- Royal Flemish Theatre (Brussels), Festival GREC (Barcelona), HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Maison de la Culture (Bourges), La Rose des Vents (Villeneuve d’Ascq), Le Printemps des Comédiens (Montpellier), with the support of Sommerszene, Szene Salzburg (Salzburg).

Theater Im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen) and Taipei Performing Arts Center (Taipei) are acting as key partners in the creation of the trilogy ‘Vader’ – ‘Moeder’ – ‘Kind’.

Frans Brood Productions

Peeping Tom wishes to thank
Héloïse da Costa, Blandine Chartier, Emiliano Battista, Diane Fourdrignier and Seniorencentrum Brussel vzw


"The physicality of the performers is simply extraordinary, mind-blowing; you never thought a body could do that."
The Wonderful World of Dance  03/02/2019
"Father is hugely funny, while also showing compassion for our human inadequacies." **** (4 stars)
The Observer  03/02/2019
"Echoes of Pina Bausch and Ballets C de la B are evident in the piece. […] Father is a wonderful show – taking its audience on a rollercoaster ride through the borderlands of fantasy and reality– such a delight to see so much skill teamed with such great artistic vision."
Total Theatre  03/02/2019
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Awards and nominations

2015 Selection for Het Theaterfestival in Belgium and The Netherlands. The jury stated: “A soft blanket of alienation rests on the inventive and beautifully constructed scenes, diverging between the small tender gesture and the virtuoso group dynamics. That makes of Vader one of the most empathic, swirling and surprisingly shaped portraits of ageing in 2015”.
2014 Best International Dance Production of 2014 – Premios de la Crítica de Barcelona
2014 Best Dance Performance of 2014 – NRC Handelsblad (NL)