“What does 'taming' mean?”
“It's something that's been forgotten," says the fox. “It means ‘to bond...’".
If you tame me, my life will be like sunshine. I will know a sound of footsteps that will be different from all the others. Other footsteps take me underground. Yours will call me out of the burrow, like music.
Antoine de Saint Exupéry. The Little Prince among Humans is a topical exhibition! The Little Prince has been captivating us for three quarters of a century, but its relevance is more pressing than ever. Humanism, ecology, concern for others: these are all themes that run through The Little Prince, but also the entire work and life of a great writer to be (re)discovered. Our times demand it!
An exhibition to learn how to tame...
In the exhibition Antoine de Saint Exupéry. The Little Prince among Humans at BRUSSELS EXPO, two worlds meet and eventually merge. But from the very beginning of the exhibition, they have one thing in common: Antoine's mother, Marie de Saint Exupéry. It is she who guides the visitor throughout the tour. As she did during her lifetime in lectures and interviews, she recounts the life and work of her son. This is a moving context that justifies the special, close ties that bound the mother to her son.
This runs through the audio guide that accompanies the visitor throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition is divided into four parts where the visitor is immersed in very different worlds:
1. The wonderful world of The Little Prince
In the first part, the artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga has succeeded in bringing the wonderful world of The Little Prince to life. Thanks to his sculptures, which float in the night of space, visitors can revisit the story of this little man who came from a distant planet to tell us about ourselves. His love of sunsets, the baobabs that threaten his planet, the fox he has to tame, the sheep he has to draw and, above all, his rose: so many images that enchant all the children around the world, past and present. These are images that Arnaud Nazare-Aga's talent and spectacular staging revive for the pleasure of all, young and old.
2. The fascinating life of Antoine de Saint Exupéry
The Little Prince may be known throughout the world, but the life of its author is probably less well known. Yet the author always based his work on his own life. And what a life it was! A passionate aviator, a pioneer of aviation, particularly of l'Aéropostale, on a par with Mermoz or Guillaumet, a writer and fighter in the Second World War, Antoine de Saint Exupéry is a multi-faceted character in a novel. And a man in love with life and humanity. This is the first time that so many personal objects, photos, manuscripts and drawings have been brought together to tell the author's life story. Visitors leaf through this true novel, each chapter of which is staged to immerse them into the heart of a life and an era, that of the flying fools. Replicas of planes are displayed alongside film projections, audiovisual montages and testimonies from the writer, his family and friends. Until his mysterious disappearance over the Mediterranean, one day in July 1944. His last mission.
3. One and the other
The world of The Little Prince and that of his creator will come together in a grandiose immersive space where visitors will witness a game of hide-and-seek between the author and his famous character. In the midst of a fabulous setting, they find each other, get lost and chase each other in a show that makes use of all the current audiovisual resources. To the extent that the real life of one ends up merging with the dream life of the other. A breathless cross-over that ends in a happy ending.
This immersive experience was conceived in collaboration with Luc Petit (staging), Christophe Gaeta (scenography and coordination), Vianny Fontaine (writing and sound design) and Penseur de Prod (visuals and video mapping).
4. The Little Prince's workshop
Finally, visitors are invited to express themselves, react and make choices in an interactive workshop. Faced with situations from the life and work of the writer, they will have to choose the one they feel closest to from among the thoughts, attitudes and reactions. They will also be able to leave messages for other visitors and for all those who support the Saint Exupéry Foundation throughout the world.
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