a visual poem on the uprooting caused by grief



puppetry performance
35 minutes

age 10 +

without words


Directed and performed by Laura Elands

Technical management and lighting design by Léo Monvoisin
Sound design by Isi Milton

Racines du Ciel (roots of heaven) evokes the experience of grief – how loss can upset our inner landscape and uproot us. And then, little by little, without forgetting what has been lost, the connection with the lost ones  is transformed so that we may renew ourselves and move forward.

Racines du ciel is the story of a woman who loses her loved one and is faced with her grief and with herself.

We follow her journey through a performance that uses puppets, mask and sculpture.

You are invited to a poetry of images, without words, a journey of sensations which, through its universal symbols, appeals to the sensitivity of each individual.


With the support of le Centre de la Marionnette de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles à Tournai (Belgium), UNIMA Belgium, le Centre Culturel de Tubize, l’Association ‘On tire les fils’, Les Manies ASBL, l’Association ‘Souffle d’Étoiles’ and the artistic advice of ‘t Magisch Theatertje (Charlotte Puijk-Joolen and Ananda Puijk, Netherlands).

This performance project is the result of a companionship with Compagnie Akselere, between 2018 -2019. The companionship scheme is an initiative of the DRAC and the Ministry of Culture in France.

Tour dates:

13th September 2019 - 7pm

Centre de la Marionnette de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

(Rue Saint-Martin 47, 7500 Tournai, Belgium)

End of residency presentation

23th September 2019 - 1pm & 3pm
Théâtre Thémac
(3 rue du Gymnase, 08000 Charleville-Mézières, France)
With the support of UNIMA Belgium

16th November 2019 - 6pm

10 euros
C.R.E.A. Théâtre
(Rue de la Victoire 96, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium)

Followed by a discussion on the theme of grief with l'Association 'Souffle d'Étoiles'





14th December 2019 - (time to be confirmed)
'T Magisch Theatertje
(Molenweg 4, 6225 NC, Maastricht, Netherlands)
Followed by a discussion with Laura Elands