18.10.18 19.10.18

The other side of the garden - Ossama Halal/ Koon Theater Group


Copyright Hubert Amiel 028160 Nef Ziad Al Halabi
Together with his cosmopolitan, collective Koon Theater Group, the Syrian director Ossama Halal presents a free adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story The Story of a Mother.

He describes the experiences of families in the war-torn countries of the Middle East and talks about the start of a quest by a mother whose child has been snatched from her by death. Each stage of her journey is characterized by mysteries and trials that cause her to give up something that belongs to her, as a sacrifice or a renunciation.

As is often the case in his work, Ossama Halal uses symbolic motifs to shape his story. This time he also works with puppets as a medium, dressed in the colours of Sufism, to accompany this mother on her journey to the gardens of the dead.

In Arabic with Dutch surtitles



standard: €20
reduction and 65+: €18
under 26: €14


In Arabic with Dutch surtitles

estimated duration

  • Hamza Hamadeh
  • Nour Shammaa
  • Sara Zein
  • Seba Kourani
  • Shadi Mokresh
  • Stéphanie Kayal


Ossama Halal


'L’Histoire d’une mère', Hans Christian Andersen


Alaa Aldin Alaalem & Hisham Hmedan

puppeteer and costume designer

Natacha Belova

puppeteer assistant

Loïc Nebrada

music direction and performance

Singhkeo Panya

assistant costume designer

Nicole Moris

photography and video

Ziad Al Halabi

technical direction

Karam Abu Ayash

assistant director

Muhannad Samman


Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


les ballets C de la B

with the support of

Zoukak Theater Company, Institut français du Liban



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  • Annemie Meuleman

    Pakkende voorstelling met mooie opbouw naar indrukwekkende eindclimax. Door de boventiteling soms wel het gevoel dingen te missen, er gebeurde immers veel op het podium. Het geheel deed soms denken aan een Grieks drama. Dit blijft nog lang nazinderen.