To woo a girl—his future partner, Nini Bélanger—, he signed up for the playwriting program at the National School! Of course, Brullemans soon discovered his talent, and his first play was directed by none other than Wajdi Mouawad. He then began a fruitful association with director Éric Jean. Brullemans’ plays, including Hippocampe (2002), Vipérine (2012), and Ce que nous avons fait (2015), ask insoluble questions about grief and the boundary between the Self and the Other. As the playwright himself has said, what’s the point of inviting hundreds of spectators if you’re just going to talk about problems that could be solved over a coffee?
She calls her approach hyperrealism, because her stagings are driven by her commitment to performance without artifice, truth of place (several of her shows are site-specific), and authenticity in language and in the connection with the audience. After graduating from the National Theatre School in 2006, Bélanger founded the company Projet MÛ, with which she has created powerful works for adults and youth, using a mode of creation by cycles: the Cycle of Loss for Beauté, chaleur et mort (2011) and Vipérine (presented at the NAC in 2013), and the Cycle of Skill, which includes Petite Sorcière.