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Ivo Van Hove

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Ivo Van Hove

Mon bel animal

Recommended for children aged 16 and over

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Grande Halle

starting from €10

duration: 2h20

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  • March 2024
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|2023 Creation

Belgian stage director Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Lucas Rijneveld’s sultry novel My Heavenly Favorite, a heart-wrenching tale of forbidden love between a man and a teenager damaged by life.

At the peak of a radiant summer, a veterinary visit a farm to care for its cattle and soon meets the farmer’s daughter. Between the 49 years old man and the 14 years old child, a relationship forms, made of secrets and mutual trust, envisioned as an outlet from their frustrated lives, their traumas and dead-ends. Until the unacceptable happens. Carried by a dizzying writing style, an uninterrupted flow of words, Lucas Rijneveld’s novel embraces the adult’s perspective in an approach both raw and nuanced. It is this troubling balance that Ivo van Hove here translates, staying true to his taste for incandescent staging, where video, lights, and music all hold equally important places. In Mon bel animal, this music acts as a mirror for our times and as a medium for emotions: characters lose themselves in it, projecting their desires and nightmares to the beat of pop songs. On a stage overran by hay where different species co-exist, performers deliver a vibrant rendition.


This show is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL.

This show is recommended for a +16 audience. It contains scenes of sexual violence against minors that could be disturbing for the audience.

The lighting design may contain some dazzling or stroboscopic lighting system, which may affect guests who are prone to epilepsy.

Due to the use of straw spread on stage, this show is not recommended for people with allergies.

Practical information

From 28th to 30th March 2024

Thursday & Friday 8pm

Saturday 6pm


Getting here

Porte de Pantin

Porte de Pantin

75, 151 : Porte de Pantin

Show in Dutch with French surtitles

Some scenes may offend the public.

The lighting design is based on a potentially dazzling, stroboscopic lighting system.


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Production credits

Production Marcelle and Joost Kuiper, Hans Peter Sauerwein
With the support of Ammodo


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