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Kunstenfestivaldesarts - Kaaitheater

Shit happens...

Even though we live in a society that wants to make us believe we can prevent and control everything, every minute of the day the opposite is proved. Danger is everywhere. Except maybe in the theatre, the place where everything is prepared and rehearsed to the tiniest details. Even the unpredictable…

Coalition takes a closer look at the most banal traffic accidents to major disasters involving thousands of deaths. Knowing: things could have turned out differently.

Two Brussels-based collectives – the Dutch-speaking Tristero and the French-speaking Transquinquennal – have decided to work together for Coalition.

Coalition was nominated for the 'Prix de la Critique'.

directed & performed by Bernard Breuse, Miguel Decleire, Kristien De Proost, Youri Dirkx, Stéphane Olivier, Peter Vandenbempt | coach Guy Dermul | scenography & costumes Marie Szersnovicz | production Tristero & Transquinquennal | coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Kaaitheater | support Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Vlaams minister van Cultuur, Jeugd, Sport en Brussel, Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles | thanks to SACD, Théâtre Varia

“If interactive complexity and tight coupling -system characteristics- inevitably will produce an accident, I believe we are justified in calling it a normal accident, or a system accident. The odd term normal accident is meant to signal that, given the system characteristics, multiple and unexpected interactions of failure are inevitable. This is an expression of an integral part of the system, not a statement of frequency.”

Charles Perrow, Accidents in high risks systems, Technology Studies, 1984.


Utopia Parkway, 4-05-2009 review

you can find other reviews in the dutch or french part



Coalition will be rerunned in Strombeek, Sint-Niklaas, Brussels (Bozar) in 2014.

Please see for exact dates in What's on



17 Jan 2013, BISCHWILLER Mac (FR)

20 Jan 2013, DIEPPE scène nationale (FR)

12 Feb 2013, AUXERRE snène nationale (FR)


1 Feb 2012, cc Leuven stadsschouwburg

18 & 19 August 2012, FESTIVAL BONUS, Héde (FR)


27 Jan 2011, 20:30, de brakke grond, amsterdam

2 Feb 2011, 20:00, cultuurcentrum hasselt

5 Feb 2011, 20:15, cc ieper, stadsschouwburg

9 Feb 2011, 20:30, cultuurcentrum plomblom, ninove

17 (19:30) & 18 Mar 2011 (20:30), la filature, scène nationale, mulhouse (FR)

24, 25 & 26 Mar 2011, théâtre des bernardines, marseille (FR)

1 & 2 April 2011, théâtre varia, brussels

8 > 28 July 2011, théâtre des doms, Avignon (FR)

3 & 4 August 2011, theater aan zee, Ostend

29 & 30 Oct 2011, fiac, Salvador de bahia (BRA)

13 & 14 Dec 2011, théâtre de l'ancre, charleroi


18 Mar 2010, maison folie, lomme/Lille (FR)

8 > 16 Oct 2010, théatre varia, brussels


creation May 1st 2009 at kaaitheater, brussels (Kunstenfestivaldesarts)

2 & 3 Oct 2009 campo nieuwpoorttheater, gent

4 Dec 2009 kc nOna, mechelen

8 & 9 Dec 2009, la comédie de saint-etienne (FR)

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OLV Van Vaakstraat 83
B - 1000 Brussel
tel: 02/502.99.01
e-mail: info [at]