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Why we fight?

Eric Arnal Burtschy

Eric Arnal Burtschy followed studies at the Sorbonne in history, philosophy and geopolitics before moving towards the living and visual arts. His work addresses both a questioning of the human and more abstract perspectives related to research on space and movement. He thus creates a game art exploring the relationship between collective action and individual choice. In 2012, eager to explore a new relationship with the world and always interested in diplomatic and political issues, he simultaneously became a reserve staff officer, a position for which he was trained at the Special Military School of Saint- Cyr and at the Ecole de guerre in Paris. He also became a laureate of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and artist in residence at L’L – Place of research and support for young creation in Brussels. In 2013, he completed Bouncing Universe in a Bulk, a diptych on the Universe and the notions of infinity created with Lyllie Rouvière then presented Ciguë, a solo created with Clara Furey on the relationship to freedom and loneliness. He produced Deep are the Woods, a form of light writing, as well as We are the Wind, a questioning of being together through research on the Universe. He also organizes Sweet and Wild, evenings of short forms combining performance and visual arts in Paris and Berlin.


Title of a series of propaganda films designed to explain to the American population the entry of the United States into the war during the Second World War, Eric Arnal-Burtschy asks himself the question of the meaning of this Why we fight today.

Engaged in the French army in parallel with his artistic work and having participated in military operations in Sahel, he combines many stories with his own history to deliver a sensitive and political performance on what can lead each of us to engage and why we fight.

An intimate and vibrant gesture resonating with the current events.

Calendrier des dates 

Dates Ville Salle
22 & 24.07.2019 Vienne (At) ImPulsTanz [8:tension]
19.06.2019 Liège (Be) Théâtre de Liège
1.12.2018 Bruxelles (Be) WorkingTitleFestival, Les Brigittines
9 & 10.10.2018 Grenoble (Fr) Centre national d’art et de culture
24 > 30.09.2018 Bruxelles (Be) Kanal Centre Pompidou
13 & 14.04.2018 Orléans (Fr) Scène nationale d’Orléans
24.03.2018 Vanves (Fr) Festival Artdanthé


Création et interprétation : Eric Arnal-Burtschy
Regard extérieur : Nadège Sellier
Coach vocal : Fabienne Seveillac
Conseil dramaturgique : Kristin Rogghe et Sara Vanderieck

Production : BC Pertendo & Still Tomorrow
Coproduction : WorkSpaceBrussels | Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles | Magasin des horizons – Centre national d’art et de culture, Grenoble | DRAC Ile-de-France – Ministère de la culture
Avec le soutien de : Théâtre de Vanves | Le 104, Paris | GMEM-Centre national de création musicale, Marseille | MOUKA, Radostice, République tchèque |KAAP, Bruges | Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans | Rosas, Bruxelles | Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Bruxelles